Prolonging the summer – colourful hikes through Trentino in Italy

Hiking Collection by Trentino

Golden yellow, rusty orange and coppery red – the mountain slopes in Trentino in the north of Italy come alive with colour in autumn. The region’s wonderful landscapes are a perfect destination to prolong your hiking season. When the weather turns in the north of the Alps, Trentino still enjoys countless hours of sunshine, mild temperatures, and a mix of exhilarating summits and the “dolce vita”.

In this Collection, we’ve put together 10 hikes through the impressive Dolomites for you. Some of the routes are gentle hikes suitable for the whole family whilst others feature demanding climbs up breathtaking peaks. Trentino’s mountains are characterized by picturesque valleys like the Val di Fumo, unusual rocky peaks in the Pala group mountains and rustic mountain huts like the Rifugio Pedrotti. You can often enjoy the picture-perfect scenery to yourself in late summer and autumn, when the high season is already over. At this time of year, the forested slopes beneath the jagged mountain teeth which are typical of the southern Dolomites are painted in the beautiful colours of autumn. In addition, the mild temperatures are ideal for hiking. If you still work up a sweat, you can dip your feet in the crystal clear mountain lakes to cool off.

You can taste regional delicacies like smoked bacon and spicy mountain cheese in a cosy malga (Italian for alpine hut) and experience breathtaking sunrises after a night on the mountain. Of course, excellent local wine and Italian coffee are also included. The huts, where you can stop for a bite to eat or stay overnight, are open until October. Don’t forget to reserve your bed in advance. So, pack your hiking boots, camera and sunglasses, and prolong your hiking season in the charming region of Trentino.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:17
    7.61 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Val di Fumo is the largest valley of the entire Adamello Presanella group and captivates with idyllic postcard motifs on the Chiese river. On the relaxed hike you only overcome a few vertical meters and so it is suitable for the whole family.The starting point is at the parking lot at the mighty Diga di Malga Bissina dam, where there is a small bar. A wide gravel path runs along the left bank of the lake and offers wide views of the shimmering water surface. The reservoir is framed by wooded slopes that change color in autumn.Once on the north bank, the dirt road turns into a path that follows the Chiese river. In the crystal clear water there are huge boulders that are suitable for sunbathing and in some places small waterfalls have formed.After six kilometers you will reach the rustic Val di Fumo hut with its blue and white striped shutters at an altitude of 1,887 meters. You can still sit outside on the warmed stone facade in autumn. After a refreshment you either hike back on the same path or you follow the path on the other bank of the Chiese river back to the Malga Bissina reservoir.

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    Intermediate
    01:14
    1.80 mi
    1.4 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike takes you through the picturesque Val del Saent to the rushing Saent waterfalls. Green meadows and colorful forests in front of the mighty peaks of the Stelvio National Park await you.You start at Malga Stablasolo, which you can easily reach from the Ramoni di Coler car park using the shuttle bus service. Alternatively, you can hike directly from the parking lot, which extends the hike by about an hour. From the Stablasol Alm a path leads up towards Val del Saent and after about 200 meters you keep right at the junction. A bridge leads over the babbling torrent and then it continues on the mule track next to the watercourse.The path becomes steeper and soon you can hear the sound of the mighty waterfalls. As you move on, you come to great vantage points from which you can admire the different stages of the falls. Then you climb up to the large, upper cascade, which falls impressively between rocks.After you have thoroughly admired the Cascate di Saent, you follow the path to a rest area. Here you can take a detour up to the Dos de la Cros viewpoint. In the valley below you can see the Cascate Alte del Saent waterfalls, which you can reach in an additional half an hour.Otherwise, make your way back and follow the sign to Centro Visita Stablet. A paved mule track leads in tight curves through the forest down into the valley. Past the Centro Visitatori di Malga Stablet you come back to the cozy Stablosol Alm. In the hut you can enjoy delicious bacon, spicy mountain cheese and a glass of wine.

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  • Difficult
    06:41
    11.8 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At the center of this wonderful hike is the turquoise Lago di Tovel and the surrounding larch forests, which turn golden in autumn. The mountain lake in the Val di Non, which lies in the Brenta Adamello Nature Park, is a feast for the eyes. The tour is not technically demanding, but at 19 kilometers it requires a certain amount of stamina.The starting point is at the bus stop or at the parking lot at the end of road 14 to Tovelsee. The picturesque mountain lake is worth seeing in every season, but the play of colors in autumn is particularly impressive: Then the larches dipped in gold are reflected in the turquoise water. Along the gently meandering hiking trail you will find different resting and seating areas as well as refreshment stops.You follow the sea route counterclockwise and turn right at Albergo Rosso. You gain altitude quickly in the forest and enjoy fresh mountain air. It goes along the Torrente Santa Maria Flavona stream for a while until the trees clear up and reveal the view of alpine meadows. The perfect place for a first break is the stone Malga Pozzol - the hut is not managed, but you will find a fountain with drinking water here.After a rest, the path continues uphill to another hut, the Malga Flavona. Picnic areas invite you to rest and enjoy the view. Over open pastures and with wonderful views of the Dolomites, we continue north. In a loop you hike in the forest back to the forest road that takes you back to Lago di Tovel. If you want to spend another day in this beautiful landscape, you can easily stay in one of the hostels by the lake.

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    Difficult
    05:10
    6.67 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Three shimmering mountain lakes, each in a slightly different color, await you on this varied circular hike. The landscape is particularly colorful in late summer when the forests on the slopes change color and are reflected on the water surface.The starting point of this circular hike is the Malga Valmaggiore, which serves home-made delicacies - whether before or after your tour. From here you first follow the sign "Lago di Moregna" and keep left after crossing a small bridge. The path soon becomes a hiking trail and zigzags uphill.As the altitude increases, the forest becomes lighter and you can see the alpine meadows of the Malga Moregna. The Moregna lake of the same name lies below the small refuge and offers a truly idyllic sight. Following the path, you hike to the second lake on this tour, Lago delle Trute. If you take a closer look, you can find out whether fish really still swim in the "Trout Lake".Just a few minutes later you will reach the third lake, Lago Brutto at 2,207 meters. It is unclear why the lake was incorrectly named "gross", ie "ugly". The deep blue water of the lake is definitely not ugly.Then you climb up to the highest point of the three-lake hike at Forcella Moregna. If you want, you can make a detour from here to the summit of Moregna. It is then only downhill with great views and in a loop you hike back to Malga Valmaggiore - bacon and mountain cheese are already waiting for you.

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    Intermediate
    02:56
    5.93 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Friedensweg follows the course of the front of the First World War and is today a symbol of the appreciation of the prevailing peace. During the war, Italian troops occupied the main peaks of the Monte Baldo massif to secure a privileged vantage point. Along the way of peace you can still find the remains of military buildings.The circular hike starts in the village of Polsa, where there are restaurants, accommodations and a campsite. From there you climb up to the Bocchetta d’Ardole at a height of 1,390 meters and keep to the right at the fork in the road. A serpentine leads to the Corno della Paura, the "Horn of Fear". Along the way you will meet military remains from the First World War.From the lookout point at 1,518 meters, you can enjoy a fabulous view that extends from the Pasubio massif in the Vicentine Alps to the Dolomites and from the Lessini Mountains on Lake Garda to the Altissimo di Nago. Then it goes over gentle meadows and along forest edges towards Monte Vignola. If you want to climb a second summit, you can take a detour to the highest point of Monte Vignola. Otherwise you walk past further ruins from the First World War back to the starting point in Polsa.

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    Difficult
    08:59
    12.1 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,775 ft
    5,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Fantastic high mountain hike that takes you from the shores of Lake Molveno to the bizarre rocky landscape of the Brenta Dolomites. This challenging hike can be perfectly transformed into a two-day tour by spending the night at Rifugio Selvata or Rifugio Pedrotti. For the partially exposed paths, you should bring sure-footedness and a head for heights.From Molveno take the cable car up to the Pradél plateau, alternatively you can cover the distance on foot. Once at the top, the first fantastic view of Lake Molveno and the surrounding forests awaits you, which change color in autumn. In the beginning, you just go along the walls of the Croz dell’Altissimo - the higher you climb, the narrower and steeper the path.

    The first refreshment stop awaits you after just under four kilometers: typical dishes of Trentino are served in the cozy dining room of the Rifugio Croz dell’Altissimo. With a view of the vertical walls of the Croz dell’Altissimo and the Campanil Bas you hike through a landscape crossed by streams. The path leads you up to the Rifugio Selvata, a possible bed for the night with a beautiful garden for a break.

    Then the steep climb up to the Rifugio Pedrotti begins, the stone facade of which blends seamlessly into the rocky surroundings. On this section you will encounter some exposed spots that require sure-footedness. The peaks of the Dolomites rise jaggedly and ruggedly around the Pedrotti hut. If you still have motivation, you can continue to the Bocca di Brenta (2,552 meters).

    The way back leads to the Rifugio Selvata on the same path that you climbed. From there you follow a forest path down to the banks of the Rio Massodi stream. Along the water it goes into the valley. Before you reach Molveno, you can take a break in the rustic Baita Ciclamino.

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    Difficult
    06:45
    9.58 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,800 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A multifaceted and demanding hike that takes you high up under the mighty peaks of the famous rose garden. You can look forward to colorful alpine meadows as well as a fascinating high mountain landscape.You start at the church in Fontanazzo and follow the mule track that leads directly into the forest. You make up a few meters of altitude right from the start. After two and a half kilometers, the brightly colored trees in the autumn clear up and reveal the picturesque alpine pasture of the Val di Dona. There is the unmanaged shelter Rifugio Dona on a stream, where you can take a break.

    It continues uphill across meadows and past small stone buildings. The green surroundings change with increasing altitude into a barren rocky landscape with incredible views of the peaks of the Dolomites. At Passo Dona at 2,516 meters you have reached the highest point of this demanding tour and your gaze wanders over the Seekofel, Plattkofel, Sella and Piz Boe.

    From Passo Dona you hike without major differences in altitude to the Antermoia hut, where you can put your feet up on the sun terrace. After a well-deserved refreshment, a trip to the turquoise Lago di Antermoia is worthwhile. If you don't want to return on the same day, you can stay in one of the cozy rooms at Rifugio Antermoia.

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    Difficult
    07:09
    7.21 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In the footsteps of historical defenses, you hike from Forte Presanella up to the crystal-clear Denza lake and on to the impressive moraine slopes on the edge of the Vedretta della Presanella glacier. You can easily split this round into two stages with an overnight stay at the Rifugio Stavel Francesco Denza.

    You can reach the starting point at Forte Presanella from Vermiglio via an unpaved military road. The Forte Presanella at 1,884 meters was part of the Austro-Hungarian defense system during the First World War and served to protect the Tonale Pass. Under colorful leaves you follow the forest path to Gras di Presanella. There you branch off to the right and hike up to the edge of the forest in a zigzag. The trees around you are getting fewer and fewer and an impressive high mountain landscape opens up in front of you.

    The path leads you steeply through the beautiful Presanella Valley to the Rifugio Stavel Francesco Denza, which is located under the north wall of the Presanella - at 3,558 meters the highest mountain in Trentino. If you want to split the tour into two days, you can spend the night in the refuge. After a well-deserved rest in the rustic Rifugio, the route climbs over the moraine slopes to the edge of the Vedretta della Presanella glacier. You hike through an unreal landscape in the basin formed by the glacier.

    A special highlight is the view of the dark Lago Denza, which is not far from the Rifugio Stavel Francesco Denza. The path begins to climb again and takes you to the Passo dei Pozzi, where you can enjoy an exceptional view of the Bernina Alps and the Viozspitze. The descent back to Forte Presanella takes place first over open terrain and then through sparse forest on an Austrian mule track from the First World War.

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    Difficult
    06:29
    7.18 mi
    1.1 mph
    4,350 ft
    4,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Pala group is the southernmost mountain range in the Dolomites and impresses with a bizarre rocky landscape with three-thousand-meter peaks. Due to the southern location, clouds often collect on the steep slopes, which is not only an optical spectacle, but can also lead to rapid changes in the weather. You can easily split the demanding tour including climbing sections into two days with an overnight stay in the Rifugio Treviso.

    The hike starts at the rustic Malga Canali and initially leads relaxed along the Torrente Canali stream. Accompanied by the water, you cover the first two kilometers before following a steep serpentine up to the Rifugio Treviso. On the terrace you can enjoy the warm autumn sun and a fantastic view.

    Rested, we continue through the forest, which will soon become brighter and merge into a rock and grass landscape. Then the last green will disappear and you will find yourself in wide scree fields. On the steep Sentiero Vani Alti, a former via ferrata where the ropes have been removed, you climb up to the plateau. Absolute sure-footedness is required here. You hike between the peaks of the Cime Vani Alti and the Sass de Camp.

    With a view of rugged crags, you will come to the intersection at the Renato Reali bivouac. Here you keep left and follow the Ferrata Fiamme Gialle path towards Forcella del Marmor. It keeps going downhill and after seven and a half kilometers you come back to the Rifugio Treviso. Along the stream, it goes back to the starting point at the Malga Canali, where Trentino delicacies await you.

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    Intermediate
    02:11
    4.05 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike up Monte Corona promises you an autumnal rush of colors between vines and forests. North of Trento is the magnificent Val di Cembra, whose slopes are peppered with quaint villages and traditional wineries.The starting point of the tour is at the Ville di Giovo bus stop and the path leads you through the dreamy alleys of the small village. You walk past the church and colorful houses and then dive into the vineyards. In late summer, the grapes hang heavily on the vines, and trying one won't hurt. With a wide panorama over the gentle hills, you march uphill on wide paths.You will soon reach the edge of the forest and under the colorful canopy of leaves you will reach the summit of Monte Corona. From the 1,035 meter high mountain you have an impressive view of the Val di Cembra and the Avisio river. The way back is the same way and after the hike you can try the local wines.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    73.9 mi
  • Duration
    50:53 h
  • Elevation
    23,825 ft
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