Arzalpenkopf, 2371 m

  • Start: Hotel Alpenblick
  • Train/bus: bus Toblach-Innichen-Sexten;
  • Time of walk: rise 3h, descent 1 ¾h; total 4 ¾h
  • Huts: Berti-Hut
  • Map: KOMPASS no 625

Every Dolomite friend knows the grandiose Sesto Sundial, this stone clock face, from the Neuner (2582 m) to the Einser (2698 m). There is also an "eight"; the Morgenberg stands directly above the Kreuzbergsattel, but is called Arzalpenkopf on the maps. On the north side it breaks off over impressive walls into the alpine pastures; from the south, over the broad ridge of the Creston Popera, it is easy to climb. The panoramic view from the summit with the rocky backdrop of Vallon Popera as an eye-catcher is very contrasting; less beautiful are the relics from the First World War, which one encounters everywhere in the former front area. From the hotel, walk to the church in Moos and from there take the bus to the Kreuzberg Pass. There the hike starts to the Rifugio Lunelli (1568 m) and via a marked path directly to the Forcella Pian della Biscia (1942 m); the old military road further east in serpentines offers more views with a more pleasant gradient. It cuts through the grassy crest of the Cima dei Colesei and then leads left into the saddle. Follow the road until the next hairpin bend (sign); here turn left and descend 100 m on a good path to the mouth of a prominent gully in the eastern flank of the Creston Poper. Zigzag (some belays) steeply up to the closed Rif.Popera (2110 m; waymarker). New red-white markings lead to the cart ridge of the Creston Popera and northwards in the rech unclear terrain, partly following old war paths. The summit comes into view only at the end; at a waymarker (2291 m), briefly descend into a ditch, then over crags, scree and sage patches up to the new cross. Return to the signpost and keep to the right to the Arzalpenscharte (2291 m), above which the Neuner rises imposingly. A good path leads downwards over a few hairpin bends into the wide meadow and scree hollow of the lower Vallon Popera. Soon the Rifugio Berti (1950 m) comes into view; it stands directly on the edge of Vallon Popera. From the hut on a partly quite rough path with a beautiful view down into the Val Grande and back to the Rifugio Lunelli. From there back to the Kreuzberg Pass and by bus back to Moos to the hotel.


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