The route runs through a highly evocative natural setting with extensive views over the Lagorai massif, the Pale di San Martino and Cima Bocche mountain range
Mountain range: Lagorai
Starting point: Paneveggio Hairpin Bend no. 8 Passo Rolle (1630m)
Total distance: 12.20km
Exposure: mainly north
How to arrive
Take the SS50 "Passo Rolle" from Predazzo in Val di Fiemme and drive up through Paneveggio. Ignore the turning to the left for Passo Valles and proceed towards Rolle for about 1 km until you come to a hairpin bend turning left (altitude 1630m - hairpin bend no. 8) where you can park in the clearing. Take the path to the right (SAT signpost "ex Malga Colbricon").
The Monte Colbricon route is one of the great classics in the Paneveggio - Passo Rolle area and in fact can be quite popular when conditions are right. The route runs through a highly evocative natural setting with extensive views over the Lagorai massif, the Pale di San Martino and Cima Bocche mountain range. The itinerary runs predominantly over mountainsides facing north and reaches the western summit of Monte Colbricon (at the same altitude as the eastern summit though this elevation is easier to gain access to). The descent is highly gratifying as it runs predominantly through terrain free of vegetation, which is great fun in powder snow. The high altitude and exposure mean this route almost always has a good snow covering. For the same reason, it is advisable to do this route only when the snow is in good condition and is stable and safe.
Paneveggio hairpin bend no. 8 (1630m); Malga Colbricon (1838m); Passo Colbricon (vicinity - 1860m); pass (2420m); Cima Colbricon Occidentale (2602m) and back.
Walk along the narrow road into the dense Paneveggio forest following the indications given on the SAT ex Malga Colbricon sign ("Corradini" forestry road). Continue along the road crossing three bridges over small streams (continue to follow signs for Malga Colbricon). After 20/30 mins, you will reach a row of small houses (park - approx. 1700m). From here proceed to Malga Colbricon (1838m).
Continue straight on south-eastwards towards Passo di Colbricon. At an altitude of about 1840m, before reaching Passo di Colbricon, climb back up to the right. This will bring you out below the broad, deep valley between Cima Colbricon and Colbricon Piccolo. Proceed uphill heading south-west, which will take you to a high-altitude hollow (2420m) and bring you to the head of the broad, deep valley situated between Colbricon and Colbricon Piccolo. From this wide hollow, cross to the left in a southwards, then south-eastwards direction along the north-west ridge of the summit. This will bring you out below the western summit of the Colbricon mountain (Cima di Colbricon Occidentale).
Now start to climb north-eastwards along the ridge heading towards the summit as far as is possible on skis; cover the short stretch up to the summit on foot or with crampons.
Return more or less along the same route as the ascent, some variations possible.
The route we propose runs over a wind-swept mountainside, which is exposed predominantly to the north. It is therefore essential to consult the avalanche bulletin and evaluate the conditions of the snow locally! The best period is from February onwards when the snow is generally more compact.
Tabacco n 022 - Pale di San Martino (1:25 000)
Facilities - Contacts
None along the route (Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz)