Lago di Sorapis, or Lake Sorapis, is a hike to be remembered, and will serve as new standard to compare against. Several sections on the trail are via ferrata routes that encompass cables and ladders, making this an intermediate to advanced hike. This trail is a must when visiting the Dolomites.
When to Go
Summer and fall
How to Get There
Start the hike from the parking area at Passo Tre Croci. From there, walk on the mountain access road or service road that eventually connects to the trail 213.
Our Hike: 9.5 Miles round trip, 2,664 feet gain, 5 hours 34 minutes
The hike starts in the forest where a walking path leads to trail 213. Continue on the trail until shortly after above the tree line where trail 213 intersects with trail 216. Turn left on trail 216 to continue towards Sorapis. After this point the views become stunning.
Following a short section where the trail is flat, the trail ascends up a very steep gulch. The ground is filled with loose rocks and small pebbles, causing feet to often slip out. This is the steepest section of the hike. Zig zag to the top of the gulch, at which point you are at the highest elevation of the hike.
Continue on trail 216 towards Lago di Sorapis (or Rifugio Vandelli) at the top of the gulch.
The trail is mostly flat or downhill from this point onward. It leads to the first via ferrata section of the hike. The via ferrata is daunting with a narrow path and enormous vertical drops. In some sections, there are cables along the cliff to hold onto. While this hike is challenging, it is not a technical hike, and no equipment is necessary. Several sections of cable continue as the trail leads around the side of the mountain.
Following the via ferrata section, Lake Sorapis comes into view. The trail descends first to Refugio Vandelli, and just beyond that, Lake Sorapis. If you have time, make sure to walk around the lake.
Take trail 215 to return to Passo Tre Croci. The trail is mostly downhill. There is a small section of via ferrata with ladders and cables, however most of the hike is easy. The trail will lead you to the main road. From here, walk uphill for a few minutes to return to the parking area.
What to Bring on the Hike
Snacks (food can be purchased at Refugio Vandelli)
Interested in another excellent hike? Try the Tre Cime de Lavaredo hike:
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Published 12/29/2015 by Beard and Curly. Visited in September 2015.