Gores de Federa

A newly designed trail along the Ru de Federa water course, through waterfalls, gorges and pools.


10.4 km


2-3 hours


620 m


13° max

Drive along the forest road from Campo di Sotto to Malghe Federa for about 3.8 km as far as the bridge over Ru de Federa, where the trail starts.

Except in August and at all weekends in July and September, the road is open to private vehicles, though parking areas are rather limited.

To reach the trail start we always recommend using an e-bike; alternatively, a jeep shuttle service is available.

The trail begins just downhill the bridge on its right and soon penetrates into a fairy-tale atmosphere.

Gangways and ladders allow hikers to get over cliffs and cross the torrent, next to its waterfalls, gorges, and pools.

After climbing through the forest for about 1 hour, the woods get thinner and thinner and suddenly open up onto Federa meadowlands with Mt Becco di Mezzodì looming ahead.

At the far side of the meadowland is the Malga, destination and well deserved rest stop of the hike.

Rest Stop: Malga Federa: Ph. +39 324 924 9678

Recommended period:

From May to October

Recommended clothing:

Backpack to carry food and a change of clothes. Hiking or trekking shoes, rain jacket, and water bottle.

Minimum recommended age:

10 years

Route features:

Dog friendly


Keep your dog close to you inside the pasturelands area.





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Livelli di difficoltà

Facile: Itinerario su stradine, mulattiere o larghi sentieri. I percorsi generalmente non sono lunghi, non presentano alcun problema di orientamento e non richiedono un allenamento specifico se non quello tipico della passeggiata.

Medio: Itinerari su sentieri od evidenti tracce in terreno di vario genere (pascoli, detriti, pietraie…). Sono generalmente segnalati con vernice od ometti (pietre impilate a forma piramidale che permettono di individuare il percorso anche da lontano). Richiedono una sufficiente capacità di orientamento, allenamento alla camminata anche per qualche ora.

Difficile: Si tratta di itinerari generalmente segnalati, ma che implicano la capacità di muoversi su terreni particolari. Sentieri e tracce si trovano su terreni impervio e infido a quote relativamente elevate.

Intenso: Itinerari generalmente segnalati ma con qualche difficoltà: il terreno può essere costituito da pendii scivolosi di erba, misti di rocce ed erba, pietraie, lievi pendii innevati o anche singoli passaggi rocciosi di facile arrampicata (uso delle mani in alcuni punti). Richiedono una discreta conoscenza dall’ambiente alpino, passo sicuro ed assenza di vertigini. La preparazione fisica deve essere adeguata ad una giornata di cammino abbastanza continuo.

Estremo: Sentieri non sempre segnalati che richiedono un’ottima preparazione fisica e una profonda conoscenza dell’ambiente. Pendenze elevate e possibilità trovare tratti esposti.

Grading system

Easy: Along dirt roads, mule tracks or wide trails. The itineraries are generally not long, no orientation skills and specific training are required. Suitable for any reasonably fit person.

Medium: along trails or fairly visible paths on mixed terrain (pasturelands, debris, scree slopes). Generally marked with paint or cairns (a mound of rough stones built as a landmark, to find the way even from afar). Average orientation skills are required, adequate fitness level for few hours walk.

Difficult: though generally marked or signposted, the  itineraries require familiarity with any terrain. Trails and tracks runs on steep or treacherous terrain at higher elevations.

Severe: though generally marked, the itineraries feature some difficulties: slippery grassy slopes, combination of rocks and grassy patches, scree slopes, snowy patches, or easy rock climbing stretches (scrambling is required). Good knowledge of the mountain environment, sure-footedness, and a head for the heights. Adequate physical preparation for a long day walking.

Extreme: Often unmarked trails that require an excellent physical preparation and a deep knowledge of the environment. Steep terrain and exposed sections are likely to be found.

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Snow Service does not organize tours nor offers guiding services. We only suggest the safest and easiest itineraries you can enjoy with our products.