With our pass now expired, we decided to go a little farther afield to the Val di Funes, north of the Val Gardena, and walk the Adolf Munkel trail (about 3 hours) at the base of the Puez/Geisler range. https://www.villnoess.com/en/val-di-...-munkel-trail/
This is a fantastic walk. There is some climbing (~400 meters) involved, but it is nowhere as difficult as our hike several days earlier. We passed a number of families on the trail. The trail is primarily on dirt (with tree roots) rather than scree. Several alms (Dusler, Geisler, etc.) offer places to stop and enjoy refreshments and views. The weather was fantastic.
One tip: Go early. This is a popular hiking area with various trails and just one road in/out. Although there is a large (pay) parking lot, it does fill quickly. Just after we arrived at around 10 am, there was a fairly long line of cars to get in.
We drove back via the Val Gardena for old times’ sake, but as we hit Selva, it began to rain – fairly hard at times – so we continued on home via the Passo Sella without stopping.