Loop trail with hike up to Mount Luco in the Maddalena Group
The beginning is steep but once you get past the vegetation the gradient drops and the trail leads up to Lake Luco and the beautiful ridge amid rocks and pastures.
<p>Mount Luco (2433 m a.s.l.) is the eastern peak of the Maddalena chain. It is rather isolated and located approximately 2km to the West of the Palade Pass. The climb up the mountain is medium difficulty and it is one of the most classic excursions in Val di Non. Lake Luco, the variety of landscapes and the spectacular view afforded at the peak and on the ridge make this itinerary particularly popular among the locals especially.</p>
<p>The loop trail has a very steep start along the "diretta" (literally the straight) as the locals call it. Once you get past the vegetation the gradient becomes gentler and the trail leads up to Luco Lake and onto the beautiful ridge amid rocks and pastures. Some handrails and wooden steps facilitate the climb and the arrival at the top with the view of Val di Non, Val d'Ultimo and Val Venosta makes the uphill section worthwhile. The descent along the gentle grassy ridge towards the South is a genuine pleasure and just before returning to the Palade Pass, it will be worth your while stopping off at the cosy Malga Luco / Laugenalm.</p>