Rosegtal: A Bit of Everything in the Engadine
Just outside Pontresina, the Rosegtal offers a brilliant trail running loop below glaciers and the 4000 meter Piz Bernina
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"I just had an epiphany," Dan says when we catch up. "I don't remember exactly what it was, but I had it." Trying to keep up through the forest, I was feeling something closer to the opposite of epiphany. But, then, we pause where the trees open up and we can see the depth of the valley. Quiet, wild, with massive peaks and glaciers towering above. I suppose if there's a place likely to induce epiphanies, it might just be here.
With a variety of trails, and ideal altitude for training, the Engadine is a runner's paradise. It's especially beautiful in the fall with golden larch and the mountains newly white with snow.
We decide to detour for torte at the Chamanna Coaz, but we meet the hut keepers hiking out for the season. The last of the torte riding along in their packs. Besides the hut keepers, we only meet another woman running the high traverse, and guy in heavy boots who decides to join our race back down to town through the final few hundred meters of snaking forest trail.
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Running out of the frost and into the sunshine on a crisp autumn morning in the Rosegtal.
A long flat warm-up leads all the way to the end of the valley before you begin the climb.
Side trip to Chamanna Coaz.
Cruising with Piz Bernina and Piz Roseg for a backdrop.
Rounding Piz Rosatsch above St. Moritz and Lej da Silvaplana on the way back to Pontresina.
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