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Discovering the Park in winter

Peio Paese, Malga Talé, Malga Saline, Rifugio Lo Scoiattolo, Cóvel

The circular route starts in Peio Paese, at 1,585 m, exactly at the bus car park and passes through the most eastern part of the characteristic hamlet where, next to a hairpin bend, there is a panoramic, moderately steep white road, which leads to Malga Mare. On its first section, the road is often busy with farm vehicles and being exposed to sun it can lack snow until the Croce dei Bagni (Cross). Entering into the conifer wood towards Malga Talé, the path is undulating and reaches a distinctive, prehistoric site, called Sas de le Crosette, Crosette’s stone (a stone hollowed and covered in engravings). Shortly after reach Malga Talé which has recently been restored by the Stelvio National Park and which displays an interesting themed exhibition dedicated to grouse (birds of Arctic origin) and their complex strategies of adjustment to the environment. The Alpine barn is situated in an area of pasture characterised by the presence of mysterious wild birds. The trail goes up gradually near some traditional Alpine farmhouses of Lagostel and from here reach shortly the Vallenaia Torrent where the water supply is easily visible. It flows into underground pipes that on sloping ground descend towards the hydroelectric plant. Following the obvious path, also signaled by the 127 SAT trail, return towards Peio Paese walking through a nice larch wood lively with many wild animals: hare, foxes, deer, fawns, Alpine hare leave many prints on the snow.
Now abandon the flat, small road and climb up following some winding turnings up to the pastures of the panoramic Malga Saline, 2,080 m. From here the view spreads over the mountain ranges of Brenta, Adamello, Presanella and the dominating Monte Vioz. The route then descends through the wide pasture and enters into the thick conifer wood (fir trees) and shortly leads to the Scoiattolo Alpine Hut at 2,000 m which is a meeting point for skiers. Going around the departure area of the new cable car and following the summer 127 SAT path walk beside an ample ridge until joining the ‘Via dei Monti’ (the mule track for woodland use) which descends towards Peio Paese. Walk downhill observing beneath the Piana di Covel, an area of great environmental and landscaping worth, the characteristic lake is completely iced-over and partly hidden but the nearby waterfalls are truly beautiful.
Walk down the comfortable track up to Peio Paese, paying attention when crossing over the skiing piste, without forgetting to stop at the magical and historical hill of S. Rocco.
Length: 12 km
Drop: 495 m
Time: 7 hRequest online
Discovering the Park in winter

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