The Col Melon climb in the southern Dolomites and is a meadow used as a mountain pasture in June and September. Cows and horses. Col Melon is located along the secondary road that leads from Feltre to Casera dei Boschi, 2.5 km before the ski lifts at Le Buse. Because this is s secondary road, it sees very little traffic. There is really nothing out there but little villages. Even though this isn’t a bucket list climb it provides for a lovely day of riding where you can combine it with the passo Croce d’Aune.
Distance: 6.3 miles, longer if you start in Pedavena.
Elevation gain: 2340 feet
Average gradient: 7%
To ride or not to ride the col Melon
This climb and this route were both a delight. Though not a bucket list climb it was a perfect day in the Italian countryside. The auto traffic was non existent and the scenery exquisite. Stop, as I did, in the village of Aune and have a snack then continue on exploring the areas tiny quite roads.