The mighty mountain chain with the name-giving Mt Sassolungo surrounds the Alpe di Siusi
Image gallery: Sassolungo Group
The Sassolungo Group is a mountain massif in the western Dolomites, separating the Val Gardena in the north from the Val di Fassa in the neighbouring Province of Trento in the south, as well as the Sella Group in the east from the Catinaccio Group in the west. All the mountain peaks together create a circle, with only one open site facing the nort-west. Have a look at the mountains you might hike or climb up (clockwise): Sassolungo, Spallone del Sassolungo, Punta delle Cinque Dita, Sasso Levante, Innerkofler Tower, Dente and Sasso Piatto. The highest peak is Mt Sassolungo, featuring an altitude of 3,181 m a.s.l. With an altitude of 3,126 m, Mt Sasso Levante, or Grohmann peak, is only slightly lower. Together with Mt Punta delle Cinque Dita and Mt Spallone del Sassolungo it forms one of the most characteristic silhouettes of the Dolomites. Mt Sasso Piatto, however, reaches a height of (only) 2,969 m.
In summer a cable car takes you from the Passo Sella up to the Toni Demetz mountain hut in the Sassolungo wind gap, ideal starting point for hikes to peaks of the Mt Sassolungo and Mt Sasso Piatto (via ferrata Oscar Schuster). Well-known is the area of the so-called "Stone City", a rockfall area with a unique flora near the Passo Sella. By the way: 230 millions years ago there was a coral reef in a tropical shallow sea in the place of the Sassolungo mountain chain.