WALKS AND TRAILS ON THE MOUNTAIN OF TRENTO - Vason-Palon-Vason
- LENGTH: 4 km
- DIFFERENCE IN ALTITUDE: 450 m
- TIME: 2,30 hours
- DIFFICULTY: hiking
- INTEREST: naturalistic-historic
This is a route that can be taken by climbing or descending with the ski-lift. The description refers to climbing on foot. Near the Vason pass, going around the first building, a path starts on a slight incline, passing beneath the Palon ski-lift, crossing the skiing slope and then joining the military mule track called Sentiero dei Mughi. The route climbs the northern face of the Palon, always on a slight incline, except for a few steeper areas, where the path must overcome a few less visible areas of the mule track. At an altitude of 1940 m a small road leads to the Mugon crest, where you will find the ruins of an Austro-Hungarian observatory and the anti-avalanche apparatus. The spot has a beautiful view. Once you have returned to the road, you can continue to climb along the path, which still flanks the ski-lift, and soon you reach the skiing slope that descends from the Palon peak. A few more metres and you reach the plain where the top station of the ski-lift is, dominated by the high telecommunications tower on the peak. During the climb it is possible, with a few detours, to visit some Austro-Hungarian military structures. The lowest one is in the process of refurbishment, and the path that connects the walkways is still not well marked. At a greater altitude, following the indications provided by the tables, it is possible to visit the five caves built in a valley and the "generator cave", which was home to an electricity generator unit serving all the posts on the Palon peak. To return to the bottom you take the ski-lift. Alternatively, you can follow the dirt road that serves the infrastructures located at the top which, following the Rocce Rosse skiing slope, leads to the Viote plateau, on the north-western face of the Palon. Once you reach the passage beneath the road, you leave the slopes and head north-east, following the panoramic walk described in route 17.
Further information and other trekking proposals can be found on our guide "MONTE BONDONE. WALKS AND TRAILS ON THE MOUNTAIN OF TRENTO", on sale in our tourist information office, located in piazza Dante, 24 - Trento.