This trail follows the main and most classic access point to Rifugio Pradidali (2,278 m a.s.l.). It is suitable for all hikers. The route combines both the natural beauty of the forests of Canali and Pradidali‘ valleys on its lowest part and the breathtaking view of the Pale di San Martino from the mountain hut.
The trail climbs for about 1.287 m, along a path of approximately 6 km, for then returning back on the same route.
The Signpost No. 709, extremely visible and well marked along the whole way, starts at La Ritonda (1,180 m a.s.l.), where it begins to climb in an environment surrounded by the forest and follows the course of the stream called Rio Pradidali. The valley of the Rio Pradidali (Val Pradidali) provides a natural amphitheater with a breathtaking view of the summits (from west to east) of Monte Cimerlo, Stanga, Madonna, Ball, Canali, Sasso delle Léde and Òstio.
In its first part, the path proceeds through the forest, until reaching the crossroads of Pedemonte (at about 1,670 mt of altitude). Pedemonte is located just at the bottom of the mountain called Cima Canali (2,859 m a.s.l.). From this point, the forest is left behind and the Signpost No. 709 begins to climb on a slightly more technical stretch, which offers the help of fixed ropes in some parts of it.
The second stretch of the path, leading directly to the hut, is not particularly dangerous. However, because of some exposed sections, we advise to proceed carefully while ascending.
Once the steepest section is past (after the double hairpin bend, also called the “M” of Pradidali), the plateau where Rifugio Pradidali is located opens up, surrounded by a stunning Dolomite landscape.
By the hut, we advice to take a look at the new bivouac, fully restored and inaugurated in July 2018. The architecture of the bivouac is among the four winners of the “Costruire il Trentino 2013-2016” prize.
The way back develops along the same route.
- From La Ritonda (Val Canali), follow the Signpost No. 709 until reaching the crossroads of Pedemonte,
- Keep following the Signpost No. 709 towards Rifugio Pradidali, until reaching the hut,
- From Rifugio Pradidali (2,278 m a.s.l.), head back by following the same route. ✓
- The name of the Rifugio probably comes from “prati gialli” (tr. yellow meadows), due to the rich bloom of the alpine poppy growing downstream, which uses to color in yellow the screes of Val Pradidali.
- Rifugio Pradidali is a historic Dolomite’s Rifugio, built in 1896 by the DÖAV of Dresden. The hut is the starting point for several beautiful rock climbs of all kinds and difficulties, including the famous Buhl-Erwing Crack, frequented by mountaineers from all over the world, and other classic rock climbs named after the well-known alpinists Langes, Detassis, Castiglioni, Wiessner, Solleder, up to the great and world wide famous free-climber Maurizio “Manolo” Zanolla (a.k.a. “il mago“, the magician). In the early days of his brilliant climbing career, Manolo established his base camp right at the hut.
- Rifugio Pradidali: http://www.rifugiopradidali.com/