|San Pellegrino (pso. di)
Highest Point: 1918m
|from Moena (1140m)
|from Cencenighe (774m)
|from Canale d'Agordo (971m)
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This pass joins the busy tourst towns in the Val di Fassa
with the Bellunesi (or Venetian) dolomites. Approaching from
the west and compared with the nearby Sella Group passes or
the even nearer Karerpass
this road is relaxing and low traffic. If climbing from the
the east however, the workout is anything but relaxing.
However, in my opinion the best part of this ride is the
scenery along the lower eastern approach, which also makes
up the approach to other passes, among them pso. di Valles.
That part of the ride is certainly more attractive than the
summit, which is nature transformed into ski area.
From West. The road makes a couple of
switchbacks above Moena to a vantage point, where the Sella
Massif at the end of Val di Fassa comes into view. Then the
route enters a forested valley. There are intermittent steep
spots in a moderate climb, till finally a clearing with a few
businesses comes in sight. It looks like the top but it's three
gentle kms more of climbing to a group of ski lifts, and a
probably closed 3 star hotel at the top. It's difficult to
impossible to take a picture of the top without a barrage of
kilifts in it.
From East. described downwards. It's a pretty roll
over forested switchbacks. A high ridge appears in front, and
just how high this ridge really is, becomes apparent with how
low this descent goes. Past the junction with pso. di Valles
comes the best part, but maybe the weather conspired to make it
so in my case. The road emerges on a balcony above Caviola, and
sky piercing peaks appear upvalley, as well as a sheer wall
downvalley, carved by the river Cordevole. After the road joins
the larger Rte203, a long, brightly lit tunnel can be
circumnavigated by an old abandoned road that also contains an
unlit, but much shorter tunnel. There also seems to be a
secondary road closer to the stream.
a day on a tour:
di San Osvaldo
Pso di Pelegrino:
Fontanac (near Canazei) > Moena
> Pso di Pelegrino > small town right next to Agordo: 44
miles with 3900 ft of climbing in 4:3 hours (VDO MC1.0
Notes: includes a few detours while looking for a
room. The direct route without the detours took about 4 hours
in 40 miles.
picture locations: pic3 is the only one taken on the
western approach. It shows a view of Moena on one of the initial
switchbacks. pics 1 and 2: east of summit but west of Falcade;
4: taken from Falcade; 5,7,8 taken from Canale d'Agordo; pic 6
tken between Canale d'Agordo and Cencenighe Agordino.
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