Acquacalda - Alp Dötra
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This tour is not part of the signalled snowshoe trail network. We are in open spaces where we have to assess the dangers ourselves.
After we have reached the clearly recognizable junction on the pass route, we mount the snowshoes. This path is sometimes used by Rustici owners by snowmobile, but today we are the first to be allowed to draw a trail into the snow.
We are in the middle of a fairytale forest, sometimes the snow-covered fir branches almost hang in our faces, sometimes small clearings open up. As soon as we leave the forest we roam through hilly, open terrain and soon the highest point is reached. We already see our destination, the houses of Dötra, in the distance. It now goes slightly downhill, always with a view of the Rheinwaldhorn.
At the Capanna Dötra we settle down on the terrace and immerse ourselves in a Ticinian ambience, we listen to the lively conversations in the Ticino dialect and treat ourselves to a Boccalino or a Tazzino Vino Rosso with a dried meat plate.
In addition to the Capanna, the Grotto Dötra, which is a few meters further up, also offers a fine menu.
Before the sun is too low we set off on the way back and now we are happy about the beautiful trail that we have laid ourselves. But if only we had drunk tea!
The route is not signposted as a snowshoe tour and from the pass road the path is also marked not as a summer hike. Print out your topo map or take your hiking map with you!
The route is not signposted as a snowshoe tour and it runs not on the summer hiking trail to Alp Dötra. With packed snowshoes we hike from the restaurant Acqua Calda about 5-10 minutes along the pass route downhill until we reach an unmarked junction on the left side of the road. A clearly visible alpine path leads us through the forest. As soon as we reach open terrain, we keep to the left in an arc and reach the highest point. Through a small valley we now descend in an easterly direction, we can already see the houses of Dötra. The way back is on the same route.
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