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A wonderful relaxing hike across the Pale di San Martino Group, starting in S Martino di Castrozza we take the lift up to Col Verde.

MOUNTAIN GROUP Pale di San Martino Mountain Group
PEAK Cimon d. Pain
ALTITUDE 2500 meters
TIME 2 day activity
Total Ascent 2100 meters
Ferrata Ascent 600 meters
Popularity High
BEST SEASON Late June to Mid September
GEAR Full hiking gear for overnight stay (helment, harness and slings for ferrata).

Hiking the Fradusta Glacier


Hike Italian Dolomite's, Fradusta Glacier

The Fradusta Glacier and a small lake with the same name, is located in the desert of the Pale di San Martino Dolomite's. There is very little left of the glacier and is it now more of a snow patch that seems to continue to disappear. This is a great day hike for all levels, but be sure to have all the appropriate layers for any weather since it can change in during your walk.

  • Mountain Group: Pale di San Martino Dolomites
  • Starting point: Upper station of the ropeway Rosetta (San Martino di Castrozza)
  • Trail numbers: SAT n. 707 toward “Fradusta”
  • Time of Year:  15 June to 15 Sept. depending on snow fall
  • Trail length: 4 km each way
  • Walking time: 1.5 to 2 hours each way
  • Elevation Gain: 480 m ascent, 300 m descent (one way)
  • Max Elevation: 2700
  • Additional Information: Tourism Board San Martino di Castrozza, Phone: +39 0439 768 867


The closest train stations:

Feltre (Padua-Belluno-Calalzo train line)
Bus connections to Primiero (30 km) and San Martino di Castrozza (45 km): Trentino Trasporti Company buses leave from just outside the train station (tickets are sold at the train station ticket office or on board).
Trento (Verona-Brennero train line)
Bus connections to Primiero (95 km) and San Martino di Castrozza (110 km): train (Trento - Borgo Valsugana stretch) + bus (Borgo Valsugana - Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza) with a single ticket; there is also a direct bus line covering the whole trip from Trento to Primiero - San Martino (leaving from the bus station).

Ora (Verona-Brennero train line)
Bus connections (only on working days) to San Martino (70 km) and Primiero (85 km) via Passo Rolle: Trentino Trasporti Company direct bus or SAD Company bus to Predazzo, then continue with a Trentino Trasporti Company bus.


You will take the cable car at Colverde up to reach the summit Rosetta (2.650 m). An easy path to the left as you arrive will take you near the refuge Rosetta where you can get snacks, water, and a cafe prior to your walk.  The walk takes you through the unique landscape plateau and into the hearth of the Pale di San Martino mountain Group. Follow the signpost 707 and the white and red marks on the stones, without them the path is not very visible.

This is an easy Alpine hike from an altitude of 2.650 metres to 2.700 metres, but the actual elevation gain and lost during the trip will be about 700 meters, and the up and down walking is through stones, so make sure you have good footwear. 

Walking time will be around 2 hours to reach the small lake. Some hikers like to continue to the summitof Fradusta (2.900 m),  on a clear day this is a great extra walk to add on. Or just have a picnic at the lake and then return to the Rosetta Hut along the same train. 

San Martino di Castrozza | Trento Province


san martino di castrozza

San Martino di Castrozza  is a mountain resort in the Primiero valley in the Trento province in Italy. The western part, with 428 inhabitants, is in the comune of Siror, the eastern, with 135, in Tonadico. San Martino is situated in a valley of green meadows, in the Natural Park of Paneveggio-Pale di San Martino. It is surrounded by peaks of the Dolomites, including the Pale di San Martino, of which the highest peaks are Vezzana and the Cimon della Pala.

The first buildings on the site of San Martino were a religious institution, the hospice of saints Martino and Giuliano, which welcomed travelers crossing the Alps by the Rolle Pass between the valleys of Primiero and Fiemme. All that remains of the hospice is the church of San Martino, which has a romanesque bell-tower. The first alpine hotel in San Martino was built by the Irish traveller, John Ball in 1873. By the first decade of the 20th century San Martino di Castrozza was already established as a tourist destination for the wealthy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, of which Trentino then formed part. The resort was rebuilt after the devastation of the First World War.

vie Ferrate the Pale di S. Martino Mountain Group | Dolomites


Pale di S. Martino mountain groupis in the Trentino Alto Adige region has 8 marked and maintained via Ferreta. With a plenty of different hiking, walking, and climbing routes at various difficulty rating you can spend a week enjoying the mountains of S. Martino di C.  The valley is not as well known due to small access roads but with the new tunnels it is a bit easier to get into the area.  

Map of the vie Ferrate


Gruppo Pale di S. Martino vie Ferrate - remember that as a rule a trail marked via ferrate is generally a climb to a peak, a trail marked as sentiero is generally a path/trail with some fixed gear.

  Route name Peak and elevation
1. via ferrata Sella Alpina Monte Agner, 2872 meters
2. via ferrata Gabitta d'Ignotti Cima della Vezzan, 3192 meters
3. via ferrata Bolver-Lugli Cima della Vezzana, 3192 meters
4. Sentiero del Dottor passo dell'Orsa-passo di Canali-forcella di Miel
5. Sentiero Nico Gusella Cima Val di Roda, 2791 meters
6. via ferrata del Velo Rifugio Pradidali-Rifugio Velo di Madonna
7. via ferrata Fiamme Gialle Croda Grande 2849 meters
8. Sentiero Dino Buzzati Cimerlo, 2503 meters

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