Ru de Porta
A marvelous excursion on Mount Civetta
Today we talk about the hiking path known as Ru de Porta in Alleghe, a wonderful mountain trail that we had the pleasure to try last Spring and that we reintroduce know for the upcoming Summer season in the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
The Ru de Porta is an almost vertical mountaineering route that connects Piani di Pezzè to the enchanting Lago Coldai and that represents a valid alternative to the obvious hike for families that reaches the lake through Malga Pioda and the Rifugio Sonino al Coldai. The Ru de Porta takes its name from a dolomite arch which rose along this trail in the past; unfortunately, the arch fell apart for natural reasons in 1948, but its presence in this place is still commemorated by a signpost you meet along the ascent.
In this article we talk about the circular route that starts in Piani di Pezzè, reaches Lake Coldai through the Ru de Porta trail, crosses Forcella Coldai and returns in Piani di Pezzè through the CAI Path 556 and the service roads of the Ski Civetta ski area.
Ru de Porta is a proposal addressed exclusively to trained hikers with a good knowledge of high-altitude excursions and experience of Alpine trails. It is not suitable for beginners or families with small children, that can choose to reach Lake Coldai with the various easier routes.
In a sunny and warm day in early June, we reached the hamlet of Piani di Pezzè in Alleghe, in the Val Cordevole. For information purposes, on site there is an ample parking (with a fee during the high season, free-of-charge in other periods) and the place can be easily reached from Alleghe through the convenient Alleghe – Piani di Pezzè cable car of the Ski Civetta ski area, that is normally open during Summer (for more information, you can find the contact data of the ski area here below).
Moving a little closer to the heart of the Piani di Pezzè ski area, we immediately bumped into the trail signs of the Ru de Porta; this path is also clearly indicated on many hiking maps of the surrounding, like for instance the 015 from Tabacco, and can be easily seen going up towards the small ski lift that serves in Winter the Alleghe snowpark.
In its initial part, the Ru de Porta winds gently through a nice forest, inclined but without particular difficulties. Soon after the start, we had the occasion to enjoy some nice areal views on Piani di Pezzè.
After almost half an hour on the Ru de Porta trail, we met the slightly more technical part of this excursion; it’s nothing that a well-experienced hiker can’t face, but it can be too challenging for people with a poor knowledge of the Alpine environment. As usual, we reiterate the importance of an adequate evaluation of your own abilities and of your experience, as well as of the suitable hiking equipment, composed of excellent shoes, different kind of clothes suitable for the unexpected temperature changes of the Dolomites, a good and updated hiking map, in one word all little things that can prevent a wonderful day in the mountains to turn into an unpleasant experience. Please remember that out public Information Offices are always glad to provide you with all the pieces of information about your holiday for free, and that the excellent services offered by the many qualified Mountain Guides and Hiking Guides of our Region are always at your disposal in order to ensure the utmost security and fulfillment levels of your Dolomitic experience.
When the forest ends, we had the chance to admire the stunning grandeur of Mount Civetta. The majestic mountain range, symbol of the whole Dolomites area (and protagonist of the geological and artistic discovery of the area), appeared to us with its tremendous North-West face, the well-known “Wall of the Walls” (defined by the famous Italian novelist Dino Buzzati as “the most beautiful mountain wall of the Alps”).
Although the ascent becomes more challenging here, the views on Alleghe are stunning: the charming Alpine village appears with its marvelous lake and surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Marmolada Group (Piz, Piz Zorlet, Sasso Bianco, Fop and the Marmolada, the Queen of the Dolomites, among the others).
Going up, always with the due care, we mbumped into the above mentioned signpost of the fallen Ru de Porta arch. We bumped into a bit of snow, being the Ru de Porta northward facing, a thing that must be take into account if you plan this excursion during Spring.
The last little climbing passage (easy) leaded us eventually at the altitude of the Val Civetta; the towers of Mount Civetta apperaed us in all their wonderful charm, as well as the marvelous Lake Coldai, one of the most beloved hiking destinations of the Dolomites UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Beautiful.
The wild and majestic beauty of the Val Civetta doesn’t need our words to be described, at all; at the foot of the imposing North-West Wall of the Civetta, the area is one of the most striking stages of the Alta Via delle Dolomiti number 1 (braies – Belluno) and the setting of the international fell running competition Transcivetta. We stopped here for lunch, admiring the wonderful natural spectacle offered by the Agordino Dolomites.
After a short lunch break, we reached the CAI Path 560 towards Forcella Coldai, where we could admire also the landscape overlooking the beautiful Val di Zoldo at the valley floor. As you can see from the pictures, in this moment the weather was not the best possible, and this is why having a good mountain equipment is crucial when you hike in the Dolomites. Also the marvelous Mount Pelmo, another symbol of the Dolomites area, was partially covered with heavy clouds, but there will be for sure future occasion to admire it. Fortunately, the rain didn’t ruined our hike, and the sun returned suddently on our way to Malga Pioda.
Once we reached Malga Pioda, we took the convenient service road of the ski lifts of the Ski Civetta area; hiking signs are scattered everywhere here, so there’s no danger of getting lost. At the crossroads, we took the CAI Path 564 that leaded us in half an hour to Piani di Pezzè, with a charming walk among the woodland.
The Piani di Pezzè area deserves some additional words; the charming place, surrounded by the verdant nature of the forests at the foot of Mount Civetta, is a very nice place to spend a day in the Dolomites, also for families and guests not looking for adventures but just for a suggestive place in which to rest and enjoy the Dolomites. The area has undergone recently several works sustained by private investments and it offers a little bit of everything the Dolomites can have: modern Rifugios and resturants (even a high-altitude pizzeria); the new kindergarten with the fabolous experiential path for children and their families; the Civetta Adventure Park, with 5 thrilling tree routes (with different difficulties) for the most daring guests; free picnic and green areas to rest and enjoy the views on Mount Civetta. Everything is absolutely very comfortable to reach, thanks to the parking lot of the area, the excellent bus and taxi services and the cable cars of the Ski Civetta ski area. Piani di Pezzè is also a very good place to practice several mountain sports like mountain biking (rental stores and guide services are very easy to find in Alleghe), fell running, simple excursions in the surroundings, Nordic walking and much more. Bars and restaurants are very well assorted and you can find a little bit of everything, local cuisine or classic meals. To sum up, a modern resort of the Dolomites without lacking of that typical natural touch that makes the Agordino area more original than other more crowded or “exclusive” locations of the Dolomites.
In order to go from Piani di Pezzè to Lake Coldai though the Ru de Porta it took almost 2 hours for us, in a relaxed and slow way. The return back also took almost the same time, so keeping into account also one or two breaks, this excursion is conceived for an entire day, or half a day if you are in very good physical conditions. The only “technical” difficulty is represented by the last passage of the route, that has a small climbing wall which is very easy but requires anyway a bit of familiarity with mountain routes in general. If you’re not very experienced in mountain hikes, remember that Lake Coldai can be reached with several easier ways, and that you can always rely on a Mountain Guide if you’re not sure of your abilities.
As for the accessibility, the best period of the year to face the Ru de Porta is definitely Summer and Fall, from July to October, but Tourist Information Offices are always at your disposal in order to give you the updated information about the trails status and weather conditions. This said, if you’re looking for a satisfying mountain adventure in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges of the Dolomites, this one is a proposal you should keep into consideration. See you very soon for new adventures from the Heart of the Dolomites – Stay Tuned!
Tourist Information Offices:
Ufficio Turistico di Alleghe
Tel. +39 437 523333
Alleghe Funivie Spa
Tel. +39 437 523544
Consorzio Impianti a Fune Ski Civetta
Tel. +39 437 721376
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