2-4 hrs.
Duration
6/10
Physicality
Ampezzo
Area
6+
Age
Jun-Sep
Dates

The Croda da Lago Lake and the famous Croda da Lago peak together compose a classic and unmissable hike close to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The goal of the hike is the Rifugio Palmieri Hut, build on the left side of the lake and very close to the rock. The path offers many satisfying views on all the peaks around and over the town of Cortina. Altitude height difference is low so the hike is for everyone who have a minimum of mountain experience. The complex of the hut, the lake and the rocks is a very complete and classic Dolomites scenario. The path starts on the road SP638 that from Cortina d’Ampezzo goes to the Giau Pass. You can choose different points to start. The most common starting point is at the Ponte de Ru Curto (mt 1,695). Park your car carefully on the strict roadside.  A wood panel shows to you the begin of the path number 437 that quickly goes into the woods. Cross the first wood bridge on a stream and begin to walk uphill. The path goes on variously with moderate ascent until the Cason de Formin (a wood barrack). Here begins a climb a bit steeper (20′ minutes duration). At about half of this climb do not miss a panoramic point (small deviation to the left) to admire the fantastic panorama over Cortina and the peaks of Tofana di Rozes, Mount Cristallo, Mount Sorapiss and Mount Antelao (all peaks over 3,000 mt). The ascent ant the woods quickly end and the path in few minutes arrive to the lake. Lake da lago is a really amazing nature treasure! The lake is fed by an underground spring that keeps it a constant water level. Behind the lake is the Rifugio Croda da Lago-Palmieri Hut.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONPonte di Ru Curto (2h20′ from Venice – 0.20h from Cortina d’Ampezzo)
DEPARTURE TIMERecommended not after 10:00 AM.
LENGHT OF HIKEApproximately 3-4 hrs.
WEARComfortable athletic clothing (according with the weather), hiking boots, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen.
ELEVATION GAIN +350 mt.
LOWEST/HIGHEST POINT
Ponte de Ru Curto 1.695 mt.
“Rifugio Croda da Lago-Palmieri Hut” 2.046 mt.
DANGEROUS POINTSNo one in particular. Caution must always be used, especially with bad weather conditions
SEASONFrom June to October. Hut probably closed in October.
EXTRAA very rewarding extra is the short climb to Forcella Ambrizzola (mt. 2,277), about half an hour from the Lake, which allows you to enjoy the wide view of the side of the Croda da Lago which leads to Alpe Mondeval plateau.
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Ponte de Ru Curto, Ready to Start

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Cason de Formin

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Croda da Lago-Palmieri Hut

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Return. Cason de Formin

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Ponte de Ru Curto, End of the Hike

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