Beautiful itinerary on a wide military road as far as Pratopiazza amazing pasture lands, overlooked by Mt Croda Rossa and Picco di Vallandro

Route

52.3 km

Time

4-5 hours

Difference

1431 m

Sloping

10° max

Take the bike road and ride towards Dobbiaco for 15 km as far as Passo Cimabanche. Continue downhill for a couple of km and, just before the underpass, leave the bike trail and turn left on the road descending from Misurina. At the intersection with state road SS 51, connecting Cortina to Dobbiaco, turn left again following directions to Cortina.

Ride past Carbonin Village (1440 m), and after 300m take the dirt road on your right up to Pratopiazza.

Drinking water is available at the beginning and at 2/3 of the ascent. Along the trail you encounter two gates, make sure to close them behind you as they control the grazing livestock.

The ascent is up a dirt road in good conditions with long straight sections and moderate steepness.

Gaining altitude, the view opens up on the spectacular north face of Mt Cristallo and the small Val Fonda glacier.

Ride uphil for 5.5 km to reach Pratopiazza plateau (2001 m), one of the most spectacular alpine pasturelands.

You may decide to continue uphill for a dozen metres as far as Rifugio Vallandro (2012 m).

We suggest continuing for about 1.5km along the level dirt road as far as Rifugio Pratopiazza (1990m), where you can find a free e-bike charging station.

The way back is along the same route.

Rest stops: Ristorante Ospitale: Ph. +39  0436 4585 Chalet Cimabanche: Ph. +39 0474 972442 Rifugio Vallandro: Ph. +39 0474 972505 Rifugio Prato Piazza: Ph. +39 0474 748650

Recommended period:

From May to October

Recommended clothing:

Active wear and sport shoes, backpack to carry food and a change of clothes. Rain jacket, spare T-shirt, sunglasses, bike gloves and water bottle.

Minimum recommended age:

14 years

Alternative name:

Itinerary No. 9

Route features:

Family friendly

Exposure:

Medium

Remoteness:

Medium

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Livelli di difficoltà

Facile | Capacità Turistiche (TC): Percorso su strade sterrate dal fondo compatto e scorrevole, di tipo carrozzabile.

Medio | Medie Capacità (MC): Percorso su sterrate con fondo poco sconnesso o poco irregolare (tratturi, carrarecce…) o su sentieri con fondo compatto e scorrevole.

Difficile | Buone Capacità (BC): Percorso su sterrate molto sconnesse o su mulattiere e sentieri dal fondo piuttosto sconnesso ma abbastanza scorrevole oppure compatto ma irregolare, con qualche ostacolo naturale (per es. gradini di roccia o radici).

Intenso | Ottime Capacità (OC): Come sopra (BC) ma su sentieri dal fondo molto sconnesso e/o molto irregolare, con presenza significativa di ostacoli.

Estremo | Eccellenti Capacità (EC): Percorso su sentieri molto irregolari, caratterizzati da gradoni e ostacoli in continua successione, che richiedono tecniche di tipo trialistico.

Grading system

Easy | Touristic riding skills (S1): Fairly flat, wide,  smooth track or gravel road.

Medium | Intermediate riding skills (S2): Itineraries on partly unstable terrain along dirt roads  or on trails with smooth road surface.

Difficult | Good riding skills (S3): Itinerary on fairly rough terrain along dirt roads or mule tracks and trails with rarely solid ground featuring some natural obstacles (roots or rock steps)

Intense | Very good riding skills (S4): As above (S3) but on challenging trails with rarely solid ground under the wheels and fairly obstructed by roots or rock steps.

Extreme | Excellent riding skills (S5): Itinerary on rough trails, heavily obstructed by continuous rock steps and natural obstacles, that require triathlon-like techniques.

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