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Hiking the Seceda mountain and exploring the nearby town of Ortisei (St. Ulrich) down below was easily the highlight of my road trip through the Dolomites, and therefore deserve their own post! While Seceda is best known for its winter slopes, the mountain is a breathtaking place to hike during the summer months. With gondola access, the views are easily accessible to hikers of any fitness level, with a number of different trail options once you reach the top.
From the second you step off the gondola on to Seceda mountain, the views are truly spectacular. The rolling green hills and stunning mountain face of the Fermeda Towers looks almost like a painting. It is such a fun experience to visit the ski resorts when they aren’t covered in snow. Seceda is the perfect destination for all types of travelers, with a range of hikes available. Once at the top you can choose between a 25 minutes walk or a 5 hour hike. It is never a bad idea to soak up the views with an Aperol Spritz in hand. Scrolling through these pictures it will quickly become evident why Seceda is one of the spots you can’t miss in the Dolomites.
Where is Seceda?
Seceda is located in South Tyrol in the Dolomites region, just above the village of Ortisei in Val Gardena. Seceda is part of the Dolomites’ Odle mountain range. The Seceda summit station is at an elevation of 2,518 meters, with the mountain peaks reaching 8,264 meters.
Getting to Seceda
Fortunately, Seceda is super easy to get to from Ortisei, with a gondola and chairlift taking you to the top of the mountain in under 15 minutes. Begin your journey at the Ortisei-Furnes Gondola station. The roundtrip ticket for the gondola and chairlift combo costs 30 Euro round trip per person (as of August 2019). You will find a parking lot directly next to the first lift for those arriving by car, or you can walk from the center of the town in under 10 minutes. The lift only runs from mid-June to early October. For those traveling in the shoulder season, you can take the Col Raiser Gondola instead.
The chairlift opens daily at 8:30am, so if you want to be on the mountain for sunrise you will need to head up the day before and stay at one of the local mountain rifugios. While Seceda is gorgeous at all hours, I personally regret not spending at least one night up on the mountain. If you have the time, I definitely recommend staying at a mountain rifugio, but be sure to call ahead to make a reservation as they do book up. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for accomodation options at Rifugio Firenze.
All of the photos in this post were edited using my custom Lightroom travel presets!
Hiking on Seceda
On Seceda you’ll have a number of different paths that you can follow, differing in difficulty and length. For travelers looking for an easy stroll, you can reach the main viewpoint of the Fermeda Towers in under 15 minutes. Follow the trail post for trail no.1. Seceda is worth a visit for this view alone, a view that will truly take your breath away.
For hikers looking for a more intermediate route, I recommend the loop hike to Rifugio Firenze. After enjoying the picturesque views of the Fermeda Towers, continue on trail no. 2B towards Pieralonga. Here you’ll pass a rifugio to stop for a snack or drink, with views of the Twin Spires of Pieralonga. I recommend stopping at Rifugio Firenze for lunch, for panoramic mountain views. From here it is just another 1.5 hours back to the Seceda summit station.
Where to Eat on Seceda
Although many hikers choose to pack their own picnic, there are a number of dining options on Seceda. My personal favorite, Rifugio Firenze, offers panoramic mountain views and plenty of wildlife. You’ll find horses and cows casually roaming around the premises. If you choose to eat here you’ll find a range of affordable lunch options. Both credit cards and cash are accepted at Rifugio Firenze.
Another dining option is Pieralongia. Pieralongia is a great option for individuals looking for a shorter hike, as it is located just over a mile from the Seceda lift. The trail is relatively easy, so it is suitable for all fitness levels. Also, there are often times a number of wild donkeys in this area. I can say from personal experience that baby donkey cuddles were the highlight of my trip.
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