Leaving the state road, we enter the small dirt road: past the Walserschild restaurant is a signpost with directions to trails 3, 4 and 5. The path climbs for a very short distance up long paved steps…
Long steps at the beginning of the trail
…after which it turns left and climbs up a slight incline until it reaches a point where a sign warns that, tentatively (but the sign has been there since at least 2021), trails 3, 4 and 5 all three continue upward.
The detour for trails 3,4 and 5
It climbs in twists and turns for a few tens of meters, while on the left an isolated hut can be glimpsed among the trees, which was reached by the diverted trail route.
The cabin that can be seen among the trees on the way up
At 1787m the trail has a junction, marked by a wooden stick: on the right, trail 3 branches off toward Bivacco Gastaldi, while trails 4 and 5 continue on the left.
The junction of 4 and 5 on the left, and 3 on the right
After a very few meters you pass a ruined hut and continue almost horizontally until you reach a bridge over the Ruessobach stream: here there is a further fork in the road, Trail 4 goes straight ahead, while Trail 5 passes over the small bridge.
The bridge with the junction of 5 on the left and 4 on the right
You reach the wonderful lodges of Ondro Netscho…
One of the two cabins in Ondro Netscho
…cross a small bridge over a penstock and climb up to the dirt road (1850m) that leads to the Obre Netscho huts. You actually walk very few meters on the dirt road until you reach a new wooden stick that indicates the continuation of the trail upward.
On the dirt road, the trail continues where the stick is.
You ascend by skirting the penstock coming down from Lake Gabiet for about 100m of elevation gain: in this section you pass a couple of really steep points.
Looking down from where the path is very steep
At 1950m you leave the pipeline and ascend to the left, entering the forest. At 2075m you reach below the route of the Punta Jolanda chairlift, which you do not leave again until the end: you first ascend moving from one pylon to another until, at about 2100m, you reach the small basin below the arrival of the chairlift.
The basin below the arrival of the chairlift
The trail leaves the pylons and moves to the right, and climbs with a couple of wide turns until it comes out to the right of the chairlift station. We thus arrived at Punta Jolanda, 2240m.
The path arrives next to the station
The trail continues to the right, staying away from the dirt road at the foot of the station. You go over a first small bump and enter a short little valley, which you follow all the way to the bottom until you climb up on the opposite side the ridge that descends from Mt. Seehore, in the direction of some buildings related to the hydroelectric power plant that can be seen from a distance.
On the right is the ridge of Seehore Mountain.
Once you reach these constructions, go up a few meters standing to the right of the penstock (be careful because there are trail tracks that continue to the right instead, but do not lead to anything).
Go up to the right of the penstock
The trail finally comes out on the opposite slope, where it becomes a proper little road (with old tracks surfacing here and there) that continues practically horizontally to the Gabiet Dam.
The horizontal path leading up to the dam
Along the small road you will find a detour to the left: do not follow it, continue tirelessly following the track that ends when you have practically reached the dam, at a sign showing the history and characteristics of the plant. Caution: climbing the dam is not allowed; even if you get the idea of slyly going over the low dams, be aware that in the house you can see on the opposite side, the guardians are always present and with eyes wide open (um um…).
The trail descends to the base of the dam, shifts to the right, climbs up to the warden’s house and comes to the edge of Lake Gabiet. From here on, the trail circumnavigates the lake in a counterclockwise direction, with very little change in gradient, for some stretches over rocky terrain…
Mount Seehore above the Gabiet
…finally ending near the secondary dam above which you can see the brand new Bar Gabiet See hut.
The Refuge Bar Gabiet See
Rifugio Gabiet (2370m), the destination of the trail, is just below, a few meters away.
The Gabiet Refuge