Excursion of Mount Scale – circular route

Total length of excursion: 7600 meters

Total uphill difference in height: 560 meters

Approximate total time needed for the excursion: 4 hours

Difficulty: hard (8 out of 10)

Recommended season: from the middle of June to the first days of October

Suitable for rainy days? No

General characteristics of the natural environment: Pinus mugo wood (mountain pine), screes and high mountains

Presence of water\fountains on the excursion: no

Trip on the borders of the Stelvio National Park: yes

Benches on the route: yes

Picnic areas on the route: yes

Alpine shelters, bars or restaurants along the route: no

Circular route: yes

Back and forth route: no

Pushchair accessible: no

Excursion starting point: Towers of Fraele (Torri di Fraele)

Geographic coordinates of the starting point: 46°30’09.80” N – 10°18’39.35” E —- UTM: 32T 600585 – 5150741

Altitude of the starting point: 1935 meters asl       Maximum height reached on the excursion: 2495 meters asl

Description of the excursion: Circular route of Mount Scale

The circular route of Mount Scale is a very satisfying excursion. Without specific mountain climbing equipment and with limited technical skills, it is possible to reach the top of one of the most panoramic peaks of the Alta Valtellina area. On top of the unbelievable majesty of the panorama there is also the intelligence of man-made construction, with an incredible mule track and the summit tunnel, which are military constructions built for the first world war.

The excursion has limited and short technical\delicate steps (a few dozen meters in total). This trip also has a strong exposition along the uphill side.

Near the first car park after the tower of Fraele you take the mule track that, on the right-hand side goes up in the direction of Mount Scale (Monte Scale). The road ascends with a soft slope, interrupted by striking hairpin bends, along the mountain’s west ridge, until you reach the edge of the wood and the rocks of the west peak. Here the road becomes narrower and it turns onto the south face of the mountain. The trail, with strong exposition, continues gently climbing uphill, alternating between narrower tracts and easier ones.  The last part of the climb presents short passages equipped with metal cables. Arriving at the small military fort at the summit, where there are panels with historical information, you pass through the tunnel towards the north side of the mountain. There are not too many occasions in life to enjoy such an incredible spectacle. After a few meters surrounded by the darkness of the tunnel, you will find yourself facing a landscape completely different to the other side of the peak. The strong exposition, rocks and screes of the south side give way to the green alpine fields and lovely panoramas of  the north side. It’s breathtaking.

From the tunnel exit, turn right and go uphill. In about a dozen minutes you will reach the cross at the summit. Near the mountain top, you will find a compass rose made by the local Alpine Club of Valdidentro, which helps visitors to recognize the peaks of the area. From the top you can go back the way you came until the tunnel. Near the tunnel, turn right and go downhill where you see a track and a sign. Past the sign, the downhill single track will always be clear, but it will be interrupted by 2 shorter technical tracts on broken rocks where it is necessary to pay more attention. After the “technical” passage highlighted by red signs on the rock, the downhill slope becomes easy and pleasant till Lake Scale (lago Scale).

After reaching Lake Scale, you turn left along the main road and, in a thousand meters, you will come back to the starting point.

Historic and cultural points along the route: The towers of Fraele – The small military fort at the top of Mount Scale

Enjoy your walk!

Stefano and all of the Albergo Adele staff

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