Fuorcla Surlej - Coaz Hutte Walk 8059
Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 90 metres / 297 feet
Descent - 235 metres / 776 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
Grade - easy/moderate
This walk deep into the mountains offers grand panoramas and relatively easy walking. However, it must be remembered that in bad weather it is a long walk back out to transport and safety. The route is easy to follow, has little ascent and you can enjoy well-earned refreshments at the Coaz Hütte.
From Fuorcla Surlej take the descending path signed to Val Roseg and Coaz Hütte. Reaching a junction of paths (2722 m), go left and traverse the valley side losing some altitude in the process. A second junction is soon reached (2569 m) and here you continue straight ahead. At a fork (2657 m) keep to the right and continue past the junction with the path coming up from the valley (2645 m).
The final stretch to the Refuge provides some of the most remembered views especially north along the valley with Lej da Vadret far below. Ahead are the intimidating rock walls with the summits of Piz Glü:schaint and La Sella (amongst other peaks) soaring high above you.
To return you can either retrace the route back to Fuorcla Surlej and onto to the cable car at Murtel or follow Walk 8060 down into the valley, along the shores of Lej da Vadret and onwards to Restaurant Roseg. From here it is an easy walk back to Pontresina.
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