Plocken Pass

 Plocken Pass 

The Italian name derives from Latin Monte Crucis ("mountain of the cross"), a denotation of the pass in mediæval times. The valley of the Gail River had been a settlement area since the Neolithic era, and a bridle path probably existed already in the Bronze Age. Roman forces under General Tiberius rebuilt the path as a road after the incorporation of the Noricum province in 15 BC, in order to reach the newly conquered lands north of the Carnic Alps from Italy. The well constructed road was in use throughout the Middle Ages as part of the trade route between Aquileia and Salzburg, also after the Carnia region in the south was conquered by the Republic of Venice in 1420. The former mansio at Timau (Tischelwang, today part of Paluzza) south of the pass was resettled by miners from Carinthia, up to today it is a German-speaking enclave on Italian territory. Upon the 1809 Treaty of Schönbrunn, Napoleonic troops crossed the Pass to occupy the Upper Carinthian lands around Villach, which had been ceded to the French Empire as part of the Illyrian Provinces. In World War I the pass became a theater of the Italian Campaign of 1915–1918, when Italian Alpini troops tried to push northwards into Carinthia, though to no avail. As both sides soon concentrated on attrition warfare, numerous bunkers and tunnels were constructed, the remnants of which are still visible today.

Region: Kärnten
City: Mauthen

Distance: 12.21 km
Elevation Gain: 695 m
Elevation Loss: 65 m
Difficulty: 600 (Moderate)
FIETS Index: 3.71 FIETS
Avg Grade: 5.64 %
Max cat climb: 1
Min elevation: 701 m
Max elevation: 1358 m
Ride Category: Climb

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