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Late August trip--looking for less crowded hiking options

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Late August trip--looking for less crowded hiking options

We will be in the area for 4-6 days and unfortunately, it will have to be at the end of August. We are fairly fit and love to hike, but definitely not athletes (ages 55 and 60) and would be happy with some day hikes and maybe a 2-3 day hike. We will be traveling to the area from Milan (assuming with public transportation, since it sounds like it is good to even smaller villages).

Any suggestions of places that would be a good base point, not overrun with tourists? Also, how hot will it be at that time of year? I have Gillian Price's Walking in the Dolomites, but it is hard to tell the answers to these questions from the wonderful trail descriptions.

We have some other preferences, but more flexible about:

- some vegetation, either conifers or the open valley meadows (not on every hike, but not only the more desolate rocky landscapes)

- More Italian, less German

- Easier to travel to from Milan, so we spend less time on transport (although that's always interesting too).

Thanks for your advice!!

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1. Re: Late August trip--looking for less crowded hiking options

The popular places are popular for a reason and you will have to go off the beaten path or do harder hikes to avoid crowds. We haven't visited in August, but have visited in early July and September. In general we found trails/rifugios on the AV1 and AV2 were busy, as well as any trails easily accessible by cable cars.

For example, on our last trip we pretty much had the trail to ourselves when we hiked from Malga Ciapela to Rifugio Fulchiade via Forca Rossa. But it was also 3600 foot climb up to the pass and I didn't think this hike was as stunning as other ones we had done.

In July we found that rifugios off the AV2 were less crowded and particularly in the popular valleys, most people were day hikers. We stayed a night at the rifugio on Passo San Nicola and were the only ones there, although there were many hikers during the day.

Getting an early start is always advised to get ahead of the crowds and staying in the rifugios helps with that too.

In the end, you can't do much about the crowds, so just focus on enjoying the beautiful scenery!

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2. Re: Late August trip--looking for less crowded hiking options

If you want something off the beaten track try Ahrntal Valley. Stunning area for walking.

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