LAGORAI MOUNTAIN GROUP | DOLOMITES
The Lagorai mountain group is one of the least known area's of Dolomite's. The Lagorai range is a mountain group in Eastern Trentino (Trento Province), and it represents one of the most natural areas of the province, including some of the most extensive stretches of relative wilderness in the south-eastern Alps. Its name has its roots in the word ‘lago’ ('lake' in Italian); in fact, numerous are the lakes of various dimensions that can be found at different altitudes within this vast mountain chain.
The Lagorai range extends over a vast area between Monte Calisio (east of Trento) and Passo Rolle (1,984 m; in the Primiero sub-region), for an overall length of about 70 km. Many valleys come down from this extensive range, some of the more important are the Primiero to the south-east and the Val Vanoi to the south, as well as the smaller tributary valleys of Val Campelle and Val Calamento (side valleys of the main Valsugana), the Val Cismon lies to the east, while the Valle dei Mocheni and the Pinè plateau are to the west. The Cembra valley lies to the north-west and the Val di Fiemme and Val Travignolo are to the north: all these valleys and regions mark the exact geographic limits of the range.
THE LAGORAI MOUNTAIN GROUP
TOWNS OF THE LAGORAI GROUP
- Fiera di Primero
- Borgo Valsugana
MAIN PEAKS OF THE LAGORAI GROUP
The main summits in the area of the Lagorai are located along its southernmost ridge, aligned with an SW-NE direction from Passo Manghen to the Val Sadole. These comprise (from the highest) Monte Laste de le Sute (2,616 m); Cima delle Stellune (2,605 m); Cima di Lagorai (2,585 m); Cima delle Buse (2,574 m); Cima di Coppola (2,547 m); Cimon di Lasteolo (2,544 m); Cima Busa Alta (2,513 m); Monte Cauriol (2,494 m); Kraiserspitz (2,490 m); Monte Cardinal (2,481 m); Monte Ziolera (2,478 m); Cima di Canzenagol (2,457 m); Montalon (2,435 m) and Monte Formentone (2,414 m).
The main ridge then turns to an E-W direction between Forcella Coldosè (2,182 m) and Passo Rolle (1,984 m), where we find Cima Cece (2,754 m) – the highest peak of the whole range, followed by the Cime di Ceremana (2,699 m); Cime di Bragarolo (2,697 m); Cima Valon (2,678 m); Colbricon (2,602 m), above the famous lakes; Monte Coltorondo (2,530 m); Cima di Valmaggiore (2,479 m); Cima di Valbona (2,413 m) and Cavallazza (2,324 m).
BIKE TOUR ROUTES IN THE LAGORAI GROUP
- Passo Brocon
- Passo Menghen
- Valsugana Bike Path
- Passo Rolle
MOUNTAIN HUTS IN THE LAGORAI GROUP
The main Alpine huts in the area include Rifugio Erdemolo (2,036 m) at the Pizzo Alto; Rifugio Sette Selle (2,014 m) in the Val del Laner; Rifugio Colbricon (1,927 m) – probably in the most renowned location, by the Laghi di Colbricon; Rifugio Spruggio (1,900 m) at the Alpeggio Malga Spruggio; Rifugio Cauriol (1,594 m) in the Val di Sadole and Rifugio Serot (1,566 m) above Roncegno Terme. We finish off with Rifugio Refavaie (1,091 m), the lowest one, at Località Refavaie in the Valle del Vanoi.