THE NEW TRAIL ALONG RU DE FEDERA

05/08/2019

The trail along Ru de Fedéra waterfalls is designed to follow the stream up its course almost for its entire length, from Bariza in Cu to Monte de Fedéra. Only two parts are left out:  the lower reach towards the confluence with the Boite river and the upper one from Fedéra to Lago da Lago.

The itinerary is divided into three parts: the first, from Bariza in Cu to Pian del Legname, partly runs at some distance from the water course to get around some arduous passages where the terrain is subject to landslides; the second portion, from Pian del Legname to Ponte de Fedèra, offers two alternatives: a demanding one through the gorge and an easier one along a nearby trail; the third and last portion is from Ponte de Fedèra to the  Malga.

Works have been carried out starting from the top and the third portion has already been completed, signposted and made safe; works are under way in the second portion while  the first part will be completed starting from next autumn.

The upper portion, officially opened in June 2019, is equipped with 4 gangways and 3 viewpoints; the route uses all the passages offered by the geomorphology of the terrain, cutting through corridors parallel to the water course and running close to the stream in the most spectacular points, next to the waterfalls, the pools, and the most accessible chutes. At the same time, the environmental impact is almost nonexistent since the route runs, whenever possible, on existing trails and the the size and number of the infrastructures is limited to the minimum.

Even if it features a few equipped stretches, the trail can be hiked without via ferrata gear and is suitable to everyone, though good hiking shoes are recommended. The elevation gain of the completed portion goes from 1600 meters at Ponte de Fedéra to 1800 meters at the Malga and the time required is just above one hour including all the deserved stops to enjoy the view. 

Among the reasons that prompted the Regole to propose this itinerary, after the positive reception of the well known Trail of the Fanes and Travenanzes Canyons and Waterfalls, is the aim to get residents and mountain enthusiasts to better know the natural beauty of the water courses and let them understand the intangible value they represent. A value that goes far  beyond the mere hydro-electric power  produced in their flowing down to the valley, which is currently in the sights of many exploiters. Energy may also be produced elsewhere, while the charm of these water courses is irreplaceable and represents a wealth that only the valleys of the Ampezzo territory and few others can boast.