Mount Rite: on foot, mountain bike or snowshoes…
One would not define Mount Rite (2183m) as a beautiful mountain. From its peak, however, it provides a stunning 360° view of the dolomites, including Mount Antelao, the Tofana di Rozes, the Pelmo, the Civetta, and the Bosconero.
It was because of its strategic position, set between the Cadore area and the Valley of Zoldo, that Mount Rite was chosen as a area of military defence, complete with army barracks, observatory and gunner points, these blending aptly into the mountainous landscape. However, from there, few gunshots were fired as the front line was shifted shortly after the set up. Nevertheless, the place remains a valuable source of information and evidence on First World War military defence strategy.
Today, the structure is open for viewing to all, as the premises of Reinhold Messner’s Museum in the Clouds, open during the whole summer season.
There are various way to climb up … that can also be used to come down:
From Passo Cibiana.
ON FOOT OR MOUNTAIN BIKE
From Passo Cibiana, along the old military road (track n°479 – a scenic but dusty sunny walk)
Time to ascent 2h – gradient change 650m
From Passo Cibiana, along the track that sets off from the first bend of the old road.
Time to ascent 1.30h – gradient change 650 m
From the Quattro Tabiai (about 1 Km from Passo Cibiana on the Zoldo side), along track n°494, passing by the Inferna fork (which is possible to be reached from Zoppè along the Anello Zoldano Route), followed by track n° 478 up to the summit.
Time 1.30h – gradient change 750 m
The use of a mountain map is recommended
DOLOMITI DI ZOLDO CADORINE E AGORDINE
scale 1:25.000 – Sheet 025 – Publisher TABACCO