12. Croda Rossa (2,936 m)

Difficulty: 2
Total rating: 2


Via ferrata in detail: 20% steel ropes, some ladders at the beginning, 80% path and exposed tracks
Total duration: ca. 6 hours
Difference of altitude: 1,020 meters
Duration ascent: ca. 1 ¼ hours
Climbing time: ca. 2.5 hours – 690 meters
Duration descent: ca. 2 ¼ hours
Orientation: north, west, east

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Arrival and starting point

Cable car Croda Rossa, drive-up to the mountain station.

Difficulty and general information

The Croda Rossa di Sesto itinerary is long, worn and has steep stairs at the beginning of the ascent, most of it is walkable and there is little exposed space. A certain mountain climbing experience and a surefootedness are highly recommended for this route. On the north side, it possible to encounter snow remains until the beginning of summer. However, with a swift change of weather in the beginning of autumn, wintery conditions can arrive early.


From the cable-car station descend towards the Rifugio Rudi hut, then along the path that crosses the fields until it reaches a crossroads (signposted). Carry on the right as the path goes up and down along the buttress of the Coston di Croda Rossa and on the rocky peak you will arrive at the next crossroads. Continue to the left and you will arrive at the beginning of the via ferrata.


The via ferrata Croda Rossa is signposted with red triangles and travels through paths and tracks from World War I. Fortunately, there are steel cables or stairs that protect the via ferrata all the way.

Characteristic and technical details

Simple via ferrata, with very few exposed passages, a long stairway at the beginning and the rest is well equipped.


The descent from the Coda Rossa peak goes along the ascending path. Turn at the valley next to Rio Würzbach and from the fork junction go down towards the right in direction Castelliere (partly protected). Arrive back at the starting point following path number 15B; ca. 2-2,5 hours until Prati di Croda Rossa.


You can combine this via ferrata with the Strada degli Alpini and/or the Ferrata Zandonella.

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