Hike in Cortina: from Fiames to "Posporcora"

A hike in Cortina d'Ampezzo from Fiames to "Forcella Posporcora", passing through the "Crêpe de Cianderou". It's a very scenic walk that needs about three hours.

Overview

Starting point: Fiames
Total length: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Height gain: 600 m (1,970 ft)
Round trip: About 3 hour and a half
Destination: Forcella Posporcora
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Introduction

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.

Tabacco 1:25.000 Map 003

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.

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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.

To the lake 30 minutes

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.

The uphill road towards Lake Ghedina
Paruéto sign. in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Barrier on the road that leads from Fiames to Posporcora
(1) The uphill road towards Lake Ghedina. (2) Sign "Paruéto m. 1445". (3) Barrier on the road.

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.

Path 409 45 minutes

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.

Hairpin turn on the Cianderou road
The amazing panorama from the Crêpe of Cianderou
Alberi schiantati dalla tempesta di Vaia
(1) Hairpin turns on the road. (2) Panorama from Cianderou. (3) Trees crashed by a storm.

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.

Path 409 40 minutes

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.

Small fountain along the path to Posporcora
Panorama from the Posporcora pass in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Sign for the Posporcora pass, 1720 metres
(1) Small fountain on the path. (2) Panorama from Posporcora Pass. (3) Sign Posporcora Pass.

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.

Path 408 45 minutes

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.

Descent towards Fiames along path 408
Pian de Ra Spines sign
Artistic installations of the art school in Pian de Ra Spines
(1) Descent towards Fiames. (2) Sign "Pian de Ra Spines". (3) Artistic installations.

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.

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Curiosities

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:

Montanelli's path and Cianderou
The "Crépe de Cianderou" A hike along the Montanelli path to the "Crépe de Cianderou", a splendid panoramic point. 1h 30' - 6 km - Easy

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.

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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.

SR 48 15 minutes

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.

Useful information

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:

Walking in the mountains safely
Safety tips for hikers Tips for safely go to hiking in the mountains and prepare your backpack with all you need. Reading time: 8 min

We want to emphasize that, in the Dolomites, there are rules to be followed. The main ones are:

Conclusion

We hope you liked this page about the hike from "Fiames" to "Posporcora". Before saying goodbye, we would suggest you read our home page, with all the articles we wrote about Cortina d'AmpezzoInternal link .

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