This very popular itinerary will take you to a wonderful lake, through stunning landscapes and varied natural wonders.


15.2 km


4-5 hours hours


821 m


14° max

The hike starts at Rucurto, located 10.5 km from Cortina center, along the road to the Giau pass. Parking spots are limited, but during high season a shuttle bus service is provided. Riding an e-bike to reach the starting point is always a good idea.

Take C.A.I. trail No. 437 – recently amazingly fixed by the Regole d’Ampezzo – and penetrate through the dense forest. After passing two small bridges we reach the “Cason de Formin” clearing, overlooked by Mt. Averau and the Cinque Torri. Climb through Val Negra along C.A.I trail No.434, rather steep and demanding .

Once on top, continue along a nice level stretch to reach Lake Federa, surrounded by Mt. Croda da Lago and Mt. Becco di Mezzodì.

You may stop at Rifugio Palmieri, on the other side of the lake, for a well deserved rest.

The way back is along the same route.

Rest stop: Rifugio Croda da Lago: Ph. +39 0436 862085

Recommended period:

From May to October

Recommended clothing:

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

Minimum recommended age:

10 years

Route features:

Dog friendly


Keep your dog close to you in the pasturelands area.





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Our offers:

If you are in Cortina and are not properly equipped for this adventure, all you need do is dropping by Snow Service where you will find all the necessary gear.

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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