Hiking in Passo San Pellegrino: the pleasure of walking in the mountains

Hiking is the best way to discover all the secrets of the mountain while staying in shape. An experience that adults and children can enjoy at Passo San Pellegrino, thanks to a vast network of trails at all levels and difficulties for simple walks or Nordic walking, as well as for longer and more challenging excursions on equipped trails and climbing routes. There is so much to choose from!

We recommend these excursions

Col Margherita - Lago Cavia - Passo San Pellegrino

Length: 6.5 km
Estimated duration: 3 hours 30 min
Altitude difference: 635 metres
Difficulty: 1 star

From the top station of the cable car that connects Passo San Pellegrino with Col Margherita, descend along a wide dirt road with hairpin bends towards the wide Pradazzo pass (2220 m) that can be reached in about 40 minutes; from here you will soon reach Lake Cavia (2102 m) and its dam. From the lake go back up along the yellow-blue path towards the Caviette area, then head towards the lower station of the Col Margherita cable car, enjoying a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding peaks.

Costabella - Passo San Pellegrino

Length: 6.5 km
Estimated duration: 2 hours
Altitude difference: 657 metres
Difficulty: 1 star

Easy path, even for children. From the arrival of the Costabella lift, you can reach the Baita Paradiso, ideal for a pleasant and tasty break, then continue straight towards Val Tegnosa and after about 40 minutes you will reach the road that leads to Fuchiade. Here, you can easily return to Passo San Pellegrino, strolling among the beautiful and characteristic ancient barns.

Passo San Pellegrino - Valfredda - F.Rossa - Franzedas - F.Negher

Length: 20 km
Estimated duration: 5-6 hours
Altitude difference: 672 metres
Difficulty: 3 stars

Challenging and panoramic excursion. The starting point is near the Rifugio Flora Alpina, that can be accessed by an easy road from the state road that leads from Passo San Pellegrino to Falcade. Take path no. 694 and you will quickly reach Valfredda, a pretty sunny valley with numerous restored barns and an excellent view of the Focobon group.

At first, the path climbs gently, keeping to the hillside, and then climbs up to reach the Forca Rossa pass (2490 m) after about 1 hour. The pass gets its name from the red colour of the earth.

From the pass, descend quickly to the Franzedas valley below until you reach a group of Alpine huts (Forca Rossa – Franzedas: 50 mins). From Franzedas, deviate and take a trail that leads to trail no. 684 in 15 minutes. The ascent to the Ghegaris pass (2030 m) is difficult because of the steep scree slope. From this pass, arrive at the Franzei pass and, taking trail no. 687, you reach the pretty Lach dei Negher and from here to Forcella dei Negher (2286 m).

Return by the same path.

Cima Bocche, Along the Tracks of the Great War

Length: 12 km
Estimated duration: 6 hours
Altitude difference: 826 metres
Difficulty: 3 stars

Walking through history. During the Great War, Cima Bocche was a 'pivotal point' of the Austrian defence of the San Pellegrino Valley and the terrible 'battlefield' is actually well preserved, with the caves, trenches, and barracks retaining their original appearance. From the Pass, walk along trail no. 628, which continues to climb towards the west, below the hillsides of Col Margherita and Cima Juribrutto. Once at 2267 metres above sea level (crossroads for Col de le Palùe), turn left and proceed along the same trail, from which you can begin to catch a glimpse of Cima Bocche, and climb to the Forcella di Juribrutto. From here, following trail no. 626 (which climbs from the Alpine Meadow and Lake Bocche), descend slightly towards a rocky basin then, keeping to the right, start to climb again along the stony ground that cuts through the eastern side of the rocky valley. After about forty minutes, you reach the long southeast ridge of Bocche, next to a tall boundary stone, at an altitude of 2550 m. The climb continues north along the same trail no. 626 and soon reaches Cima Bocche (2745 m.).

Return by the same path.

Alta Via Bruno Federspiel - Ferrata Monzoni

Length: 13.7 km
Estimated duration: 5-7 hours
Altitude difference: 1091 metres
Difficulty: 3 stars

Equipped trail that perfectly combines splendid landscapes and interesting historic locations from the Great War. Challenging high altitude excursion that starts about 1800 m of Passo San Pellegrino and reaches 2300-2500 of the entire route. From the arrival point of the top station of the Costabella lift, you can reach the Passo delle Selle refuge following trail no. 616 along the tracks left by the First World War. Then continue along an equipped segment to the Ricoletta pass (about 2.5 hours from Passo delle Selle). From here you can descend towards Fango along trail no. 616/b, which is located about 4.5 km from Passo San Pellegrino (1.5 h) or continue to Cima Malinverno and F.lla della Costella (1.5 h from F.lla Ricoletta) to descend to Ronchi following trail no. 624 and continue to the village of Moena. Or, you can descend from F.lla Costella towards the Rifugio Valacia (2275 m) on trail no. 616/624 and returl to Passo delle Sella, passing through Rif. Taramelli (2040 m) with trail no. 603/604 (3.5 h). We recommend using a safety cord (harness-helmet) and possibly organising transport.

Alta Via Mariotta-Cima Juribrutto

Length: 20 km
Estimated duration: 4-6 hours option 1 | 5-7 hours option 2
Altitude difference: 1000 metres
Difficulty: 2 stars

Extremely panoramic and well-marked itinerary

Option 1

From Passo San Pellegrino, take trail no. 628 which, passing near the alpine meadow of the same name, takes a level track into the woods at the foot of the northern slope of Col Margherita. In a short time, you come out of the woods and continue uphill over broad pastures in the direction of the gap below Col Palui, which can be reached in just over an hour.

The path now becomes narrower and crosses a steep slope at the foot of the face of Cima Juribrutto until it meets a path on more open ground that climbs up from Valle San Pellegrino (2308 m). Soon, after crossing a characteristic circle dotted with dark boulders, you reach Forcella Juribrutto (2375 m - 1 hour 50 minutes), where there is a useful makeshift shelter. The Pale di San Martino can be seen to the south. From the pass, take the Alta Via della Mariotta path, following the signs for Col Margherita. The trail, which is not very evident but well-marked, ascends along the slightly inclined southern slope of Cima Juribrutto and soon leads to a fork (2470 m - 2h 15), from which it is a short climb to the top of Cima Juribrutto through numerous remains of fences and barracks from the First World War. Returning to the intersection, we resume the up-down path through large slabs of rock that make the path a bit tiring, reaching the remains of a village of barracks dating back to the Great War (2517 m) from which we continue to Col Margherita. After a stretch on steeper terrain (spring) you arrive at a small pass on the main ridge (2525 m) from which there is a steep path that allows you to climb to Cima Juribrutto from this side (if you want you can shorten the crossing by descending from the ridge directly to this intersection). Soon you will reach the wide Forcella Vallazza (2521 m - 4h) from where you will continue up and down along the wide and very panoramic grassy ridge, passing several peaks until suddenly the Col Margherita lift station appears (2521 m) just a few metres below the peak of the same name (2550 m - 5h).

From here there are a number of possibilities. You can descend to Passo San Pellegrino with the cableway or on the trail that runs along the steep ski slope.

Option 2

Leave from the Col Margherita cableway that in a few minutes takes you to 2550 m. From here, take the path along the ridge heading west, marked Alta Via Mariotta.

Before setting out, however, enjoy the view of the surrounding landscape from the two panoramic balconies equipped with benches and information panels on the surrounding peaks and their geological description. After a short rocky outcrop, the mountain falls to the right towards Valle San Pellegrino and descends to the left into a stony moor towards Passo Valles (Laste di Pradazzo). The land is entirely composed of quartz porphyry, a volcanic rock used for road paving.

Without significant variations in altitude, walk along the ridge that appears thickly dotted with the remains of numerous trenches and outposts that housed Italian troops on the Bocche front during the war. The itinerary continues toward the Juribrutto peak (2697 m), which it reaches in about 2 hours. Everything is surrounded by trenches and the remains of military outposts.

Return to Passo San Pellegrino descending trail no. 628 heading north towards Val de Sèn Pelegrin. We follow the dark face of the Gereburt and climb up a narrow path to reach Pas de l'Ors (2267 m), then descend into the basin of the same name, through the small larches. To the right is the ridge travelled in the previous part of the excursion. Continue to descend through sparse woods and lush rhododendrons in the direction of Pas de Sèn Pelegrin. On the left you will get glimpses of the beautiful lake. Then you will arrive at Passo San Pellegrino through a broad pasture. You can reverse the trip by taking trail no. 628 from Passo San Pellegrino near Malga San Pellegrino and then use the cableway to descend from Col Margherita.

Alta Via Bepi Zac

Length: 13 km
Estimated duration: 4-6 hours
Altitude difference: 730 metres
Difficulty: 4 stars

Wonderful and panoramic crossing of historical interest, equipped with fixed ropes and wooden stairs, running along the old Austrian walkways of the First World War. Along the way you will pass through tunnels, wooden stairs and walkways, and machine gun stations. It is a real open-air historical museum. There are also many interesting landscapes with a 360° view of all the Dolomite groups in the Val di Fassa: Latemar, Catinaccio, Sasso Piatto, Sella, Marmolada, and Monzoni. From Passo San Pellegrino, ascend to Chalet Cima Uomo (2030 m) where you can leave your car.

Walk towards the Paradiso cabin (2130 m) and then Rifiugio Passo Selle (2510 m), where you will arrive in about 1 hour and 15 min. Proceed along trail no. 637 that takes a quick, steep rise to the north to the peak of Piccolo Lastei (2697 m). After a humpback, pass through a low tunnel with steps and several ascents and descents through the many war ruins and caves carved into the rock up to Gran Lastei (2716 m). Then, after passing a wall with 2 rungs and wire ropes, go on to the Campagnaccia peak (2737 m). After a short descent, a wooden ladder and very low tunnel lead to a pass (the last road to return to Passo San Pellegrino). Cross over exposed rocks (the most difficult point of the path) and heading slightly downhill, you arrive at the foot of Sass De Costabella (Italian observatory). It has an easy and well-equipped hollow, and you can go up the wooden walkway over a sheer drop and enter the observatory. To return, descend to the Ciadin pass (2664 m), where you can take path no. 637 to return to the upper station of the Costabella lift. From here you can descend using the lift or by the path and pastures, arriving back at the parking lot at Chalet Cima Uomo. Most of the itinerary is a normal high altitude trail, only in the more exposed or difficult passages, the metal cable lets you proceed safely.