Lago di Braies Hike

Lago di Braies’s beauty is apparently not a well-guarded secret. Its stunning location and road access mean that anyone who can afford the 6 euro parking fee can come here and enjoy the lake. And they do…

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On the shores of the lake there is a fancy resort, with restaurants and souvenir shops and a short walk from the hotel there is a dock with boat rentals.

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There are also quite a few hiking trails winding up and away from the lake, so I decided that in addition to walking around the lake, I would take one of the trails and explore the area away from the lake.

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Oh, but the crowds! As beautiful as this lake is, the number of people walking the trail around it got me to detour quicker than I was planning on. Wanting to get away from the humanity I quickly veered off the around-the-lake trail and took a narrow path up a hill.

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But I didn’t know where I was going. Before long it became clear that this path was taking me back towards the parking lot from which I came. So, I did a bit of a loop and started the around-the-lake treck once again.

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However, I did get to snack on some wild strawberries, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

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The side trail I wanted to take was 58 towards Weisslahnsattel (I can speak neither German nor Italian, so the dual language signs here were of no help to me).

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When I finally got to it, I went up. And up and up. This proved to be a rather steep climb on a trail full of loose rocks. Still, I’ll take the rocks over people any time.

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From the top, I could catch glimpses of the lake, and far off cattle grazing fields.

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I eventually did come down the 58 trail and rejoined the pilgrimage around the lake. I petted a few dogs, helped a couple of families with their pictures and learned Italian just by listening to it (wish Danish worked like that).

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Despite the throngs of people I encountered, I did have fun on this hike. And quite the work-out too.

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(Please note that although I’m capable of doing a lot of things, I still haven’t learned how to walk to water. The GPS signal must have glitched for a while there and unfortunately, it shortened my hike by creating a shortcut across the water! Still, I clocked in over 11 km.)

This hike:  11,21 km; 396 m of elevation gain; 2 hrs 35 min moving time.

YTD Hiking Km: 36,35

 

 

 

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