Family Hiking on Seceda Mountain - Experience Italy's Puez-Odle Peaks

Family Hiking on Seceda Mountain – Experience Italy’s Puez-Odle Peaks with the instagramable Sunrise Photo Location

When talking about hiking trails in the Dolomites, one cannot skip over Seceda mountain and the exciting footpaths and sites this majestic place offers. What are the photographic hotspots, how long the full trip lasts, and what are the major stops along the way? You are about to find out everything you need and wish to know.

The Puez-Odle group inspires with an extraordinary variety of landscapes. At the Seceda hotspot, landscape photographers gather at all times of the day. The impressive, steeply sloping Puez-Odle peaks contrast with the perfectly manicured alpine meadows of the ski area high above Val Gardena. 

This Seceda Mountain trail is easy to medium in difficulty, which is why so many more people get to enjoy it
This Seceda Mountain trail is easy to medium (level 2 out of 5), which is why so many more people get to enjoy it. It starts right at the Seceda Cable Car. Therfor it is one of the most popular instagramable spots in the whole Dolomites. Photograph the whole mountain, or like our Photo and Drone Guide Sebastian here: use a person to set the huge mountain peaks of Puez Odle in perspective.

From the magnificent Geisler peaks, the imposing Stevia mountain paired with a magnificent view of the Sassolungo, and the Sella Group, this hike combines the photographic hot spot with alpine relaxation on colorful flowering alpine meadows. 

A spectacular hike for the whole family is in the mountain world of South Tyrol. A connecting hike to the photo location St. Ranui Kirchlein in Sankt Magdalena in Villnösstal is possible from the Pannascharte.

Route description: this is how your amazing journey on Seceda mountain looks like on a map

From the top station of the Seceda cable car a few meters uphill to the summit (2519m). There, behind the Fermeda lift station, it is worthwhile to pause and pull out the camera. Continue along the trail, past the Pannascharte (connection to the Villnöss Valley) and towards the Pieralongia Hut (2297m) turn right under the rock towers. 

Continue straight on and at the next but one fork turn right to Refugio Firenze (Regensburger Hut, 2040m). Here you can stop for a break or continue straight on, slightly uphill to the Col Raiser mountain station (2120m). By lift to the valley and by bus back to the starting point.

The distance of this hiking trip is 6,5km, which takes about 2 hours to finish. The highest point is 2518 meters.
Seceda Hike: The distance of this hiking trip is 6,5km – an easy to medium (level 2 out of 5) hike

Photo tips for Seceda summit that will make your Instagram pop

The impressive main photo spot is located near the Seceda summit just a few minutes from the Seceda cable car mountain station – immediately behind the Fermeda mountain station. 

A moderate wide-angle to normal focal length will capture the striking Puez-Odle group well. In the course of the hike, great and wide views to the Sassolungo, Sciliar and other Dolomite highlights attract and reward.

The famous Seceda Photo Spot in the Dolomites: For a perfect sunrise shot like this, you better get up really early. Bonus tip: place a person for giving the viewer a sense of scale. Photo by our photo guide Sebastian Lehrke. Get in contact if you want to learn from the mountain photography experts in a photography master class.
Dolomites Seceda Mountain after a thunderstorm with an epic sky. Photo: Sebastian Lehrke – our Drone-Photography master wizard. Get in contact to book a private photography class.
Sunrise in summer is amazing for photographers that visit Seceda Mountain. You better be there in time for the perfect landscape picture. If you need someone to plan your photo trip book a photo guide and make the best out of your Dolomites Photo Trip.

Mountain Moments Photo Workshops provide Photo Tours for everybody, Alpine Experience for beginners and intermediate-level photographers with 3 to 6-hour routes, as well as Summit Experience for more advanced photographers and hikers. We have private workshops and group classes.

Information how and where to start your Seceda mountain journey

How to get there by public transport: Val Gardena can be reached from the train stations of Bolzano and Bressanone with bus no. 350, from the train station of Brunico with bus no. 460 (

How to get there by car: Brennero freeway exit Chiusa-Gröden, main road to Waidbruck (direction Val Gardena/Grödnertal), here exit to Val Gardena. To Ortisei (Seceda parking lot) or Santa Cristiana Col Raiser, parking lots directly at the valley stations.

Start/finish: top station Seceda cable car (2460m) – 46.597937,11.724740

Distance: 6,5km

Duration: 2h

Ascent/descent: 132m/480m

Highest point/lowest point: 2518m/2040m

Hike difficulty level: easy/medium

Special features: Transition to St. Magdalena in Val di Funes (via Geisler Alm) to photo spot St. Ranui possible. Return with public transport. Crossing Puez-Geisler group possible for experienced mountaineers.

Catering: Col Raiser mountain station/Odles, Pieralongioa hut, Troier Alm, Seceda hut.

Further tips: Famous photo spot at sunrise in summer.


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