In this page we'll describe the hike that starts in the locality of Fiames and gets to the mountain saddle called "Forcella Posporcora", passing through the "Crêpe de Cianderou", in the Cortina d'Ampezzo territories.
This hike can be found on the Tabacco Map 003 - Cortina d'Ampezzo e Dolomiti Ampezzane and it follows the paths 409 and 408.
This hike is very pleasant, but we suggest you to be fairly trained, due to the length of the walk, which however is never too demanding in terms of height differences.
Path of the hike
Our hike starts at the free parking lot near the Camping Olympia. Clicking the name you'll directly see the position on Google Maps but, if you need more information, we'll describe how to reach Fiames further down the page, in the chapter "how to get there".
If you haven't done it yet, cross the bridge over the Boite river, to get to the side opposite the state road. You will have to be on the same bank as the Camping Olympia. Start by walking up the asphalt road closed to traffic, towards Lake Ghedina. After about 30 minutes of walking uphill, you will come to an intersection delimited by two metal gates and a sign, Paruéto m. 1445.
If you've never seen Lake Ghedina, you should take the opportunity for a quick detour. It is a small and very suggestive mountain lake where there's also a restaurant with the same name. If you have already been lucky enough to visit it, continue along path 409 towards Cianderou.
After about 45 minutes of walking uphill, with constant gradient on a dirt road, you will reach the panoramic point called "Crêpe de Cianderou". Here there's a bench that allow you to enjoy a truly suggestive view.
From here you can see Cortina, Mount Antelao, Mount Faloria, Mount Col Druscié and, far on your right, the town of San Vito di Cadore.
From here you have to proceed along path 409, in the direction of Posporcora Pass.
Continue for about 40 minutes along path 409. You will have the opportunity to see some very panoramic views of the northern area of Cortina, of Fiames and the Boite river. Along the way you will also come across a small and rustic fountain. Here you can drink crystal clear water that flows directly from the source under the mountain.
Along this path it's common to cross some cyclists. On the way down it's possible that some rider may be a little too fast, carried by the euphoria, it might be a good idea to walk on the edge of the road, to reduce risks. Once you reach the sign Forc. Posporcora 1720 take the path 408 towards Pian de Ra Spines, Fiames.
Now you will have to walk a 400 meter descent, along a two kilometer mountain path. Take your time and don't run, mountain descents are a challenge for your knees.
Once you reach the end of the descent you will come across the sign Pian de Ra Spines, take the right and continue, towards Camping Olympia, Cadin.
This last part of the walk is very pleasant: it is two kilometers almost entirely flat, where it's also possible to see some artistic installations made by the students of the Art Institute of Cortina d'Ampezzo. These pieces of art are positioned in the woods, with descriptive tables, but we'll also write about them later.
The hike ends where it started, in the parking lot of the Camping Olympia. From here you can easily reach your car or take the bus. If you want to stop more in the locality of Fiames you could eat or drink something in the bar or in the terrace of the dell'Hotel Fiames. The restaurant is not far from the car park: cross the bridge over the Boite river, turn left and follow the path, which runs alongside the state road, for about 800 metres, 2,600 feets.
The artistic installations in the woods, of which we talked about previously, are part of the Paths of art 2020 project, sponsored by the Municipality of Cortina d'Ampezzo and organized by the "Controcorrente" association and the "Regole d'Ampezzo", with the support of Quiqueg creative agency, from Milan. For those who would like more information, it is possible to read the art paths project page on the official website of the association, but it's only in Italian.
If you wish to visit the panorama of the "Crêpe de Cianderou", but you prefer to do a less demanding hike, you can take the "Montanelli" walk, to reach "Cianderou" from "Piè Tofana". We talked about it on the dedicated page:
If you look at the forest immediately above Cianderou, you can clearly observe the damage done by the "Vaia" storm in October 2018, which caused the uprooting of many trees throughout the north-east of Italy, including Cortina. The estimated cost of the damage from the storm, in Veneto alone, the most affected region, was estimated at 1.769 billion euros and the cleaning of the forest will continue for many more years.
How to get there
The walk to "Posporcora" starts in the locality of "Fiames", that can easily be reached both by car and with the bus. If you have the car, the best place to park is the free parking lot close to the Olympia Camping. It is rather small and well known, if you can't find free parking you can proceed along the road and park in one of the many free parking lots nearby the former airfield, from which you will easily reach the starting point. Fiames is about 15 minutes from the center.
Another solution might be to take Bus n°1 from Cortina's bus Station and get off at the end of the line, near the Hotel "Fiames". For more information or to purchase tickets, you can contact the ticket office of the bus station. It may be closed during lunch hours.
The walk from "Fiames" to "Posporcora" is not ideal in winter, because the snow is not beaten. Usually, the most suitable months for this hike are those that go between June and October. This is a slightly conservative estimate, but unfortunately every season is different. It is not possible to know exactly when it will snow nor when the snow will melt.
Even though this is a pretty easy walk, we suggest choosing appropriate clothing, starting with your shoes, which should be sturdy. Always carry a backpack with, at least, some water, a snack and a rain jacket. If you are new to hiking, we recommend you read the page we wrote on how to tackle a mountain outing:
We want to emphasize that, in the Dolomites, there are rules to be followed. The main ones are:
- It is strictly forbidden to light fires.
- It is strictly forbidden to pick plants and flowers.
- Free camping is prohibited.
- It is prohibited to abandon garbage.
- It is mandatory to keep pets on a leash.
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