27. Sentiero dei Kaisejäger – Piccolo Lagazuoi (2,778 m)
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Via ferrata in detail: 15% steel ropes, 75% path and walking terrain, a short rope bridge
Total duration: ca. 3 ¾ hours
Difference of altitude: 680 meters
Duration ascent: ca. ¾ hours
Climbing time: ca. 1.5 hours – 300 meters
Duration descent: ca. 1.5 hours
Orientation: south, southwest
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Paths and galleries - peace and war
Arrival and starting point
To Dobbiaco, turn left in direction Cortina d’Ampezzo and further to the Passo Falzarego. There is a large parkin place at the valley station of the funicular Lagazuoi.
Difficulty and general information
This tour is more a difficult mountain hike than a via ferrata. On beautiful summer days for sure you won’t be alone on the renovated trails from the World War I.
From the parking place following the path number 402, upwards next to the ski slope and then turn left on a new path. Traverse a rubbish field underneath the Lagazuoi and soon you will pass the first ruins of the World War. The path continues upwards in zigzag to the begin of the ferrata.
A wonderful mountain experience with little iron, but with many mountaineers. The Piccolo Lagazuoi is a very popular summit with unique views, easy and fast reachable from the mountain station of the funicular.
Characteristic and technical details
A nice and simple summit tour with historical background. All exposed passages a well saved with new steel ropes. Along the ascent and descent, you pass on ruins and relicts of the World War I (partly with descriptions).
Of course, you can go back to the valley with the funicular and reduce the already short tour about 1 ½ hours. But the descent through the renovated galleries is a unique experience (torch light necessary). From the Rifugio Lagazuoi hut downwards to the mountain station directly behind the station begins the safe descent, which leads directly to the access of the tunnel and steeply further to the Cengia Martini.
Historical interested mountaineers can go further on the right; along the Cengia Martini most of the ruins of the World Ward have been restored. Otherwise you can go on the left until you arrive at the path number 402, which brings you back to the starting point.
The rope bridge; the gallery; the wonderful panorama from the Lagazuoi to the Marmolada, the queen of the Dolomites.