A steep gravel road to Monte Telegrafo in the Dolomites

Monte Telegrafo is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.483m (8,146ft) above the sea level, located in the Trentino-South Tyrol region of Italy.

Monte Telegrafo

Set high in the Plose range of the Dolomites, the road to the summit is called Via Panoramica Dolomiti/Dolomiten Panoramaweg. It’s a mostly gravel road, very narrow, and closed in winters. This road gets worse as you get nearer to the top. The drive offers sweeping views of Forcella Luson (Lüsner Scharte). The summit hosts communication facilities.

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the paved Strada Provinciale 29 (SP-29), the ascent is 9.8 km (6.08 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 778 meters. The average gradient is 7.93%. Near the summit there’s a mountain hut known as Plosehütte (Rifugio Plose).
Pic: Massimiliano Fattorini