The hike to Agatha Christie’s Labyrinth is a beautiful excursion passing by Lake Carezza. The hike leads through the rockfall at the Latemar mountain, the “Felsenlabyrinth”. You reach a maximum height of over 1900m.
While vacationing at lake Carezza, Agatha Christie was inspired by the majestic landscape of Catinaccio and Latemar. The novel The Big Four published on 27 Nov 1927, the main character met with the four for a final confrontation in their headquarters, in the so-called “Felsenlabyrinth”. Thus, Agatha Christie has settled the plot of the last part of the novel in the rock labyrinth under the Latemar.
Easy hike in the Dolomites: This hike in the Dolomites of Val d’Ega begins at Hotel ADLER Carezza. Follow the trail 10A, an easy path, towards lake Carezza. Walk through the beautiful Latemar spruce forest. After about 20 minutes you reach lake Carezza. Hence, treat yourself to a short break on Lake Carezza and admire the unique colors of the reflections, resembling the colors of the rainbow, from emerald green to golden yellow to red and turquoise. Furthermore, the colors make this lake unique and one of the most visited sights of the Dolomites.
From lake Carezza we continue on path 11 to the Lago di Mezzo. This lake is filled with water after the snow melt, from May to the end of July. For the rest of the summer, the lake basin can fill up in a short time after heavy rains. Otherwise, from August you will find the grass-covered basin. An ideal place to sooth.
This hike continues from the Lago di Mezzo over an unmarked forest road to trail 11. There you rise for about 1 hour to the radura di mezzo. Please note the beautiful surrounding spruce trees, over 50m tall. The spruce forest is among of the most beautiful spruce forests in Europe.
After 1 hour you reach the radura di mezzo. Here you are at the foot of Latemar and have a breathtaking view of the Latemar Dolomites. Continue the trek on path 20 into the labyrinth. Stay sorrow less, the path is well-marked, you will easily find your way.
After you have climbed many steps downwards through the huge landslide of the labyrinth, you come to the junction. Bear right to path 18 and follow the steep path until the junction with the path 13 to Pra di Tori (Passo Costalunga). In consequence, take trail 13 and reach the panoramic meadow Pra di Tori, which offers a unique view of the Dolomites of Rosengarten and Latemar. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful view.
From the Pra di Tori meadow, follow path 13 down to the Grand Hotel Carezza. At the crossroads near the road, follow signs for trail 6, past Mountain BB Simhild. Immediately after the Simhild at the crucifix take the unnumbered trail (former 8b) and get to the Hotel ADLER Carezza.
The Dolomites hiking trails: to the Labyrinth of Agatha Christie
Max elevation: 1951 m
Min elevation: 1399 m
Total climbing: 798 m
Total descent: -798 m
Roundtrip: ~ 5:30 | ⇑ ~ 3:30 | ⇓ ~ 2:00 |