Hike in Cortina: from Larieto to Mietres

A hike in Cortina d'Ampezzo, from Larieto to Mietres, with an optional and quite demanding detour to the panoramic point of Zumeles. A walk for everyone that will take you about an hour.

Overview

Starting point: Larieto
Total length: 4+2 km (2.5+1.2 mi)
Height gain: 100+200 m (328+656 ft)
Round trip: About 1 hour and a half
Destination: Mietres + Zumeles
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Introduction

In this page we'll describe the hike that starts at the "Brite de Larieto" , and goes to "Rifugio Mietres" , with an optional detour to the "Forcella di Zumeles" , an amazing panoramic point on Cortina.

This hike can be found on the Tabacco Map 003 - Cortina d'Ampezzo e Dolomiti Ampezzane and it follows the paths 211, with a detour on Path 204..

Tabacco 1:25.000 Map 003

This is a relaxing walk and is suitable for everyone, even untrained people and younglings. The optional detour to see the panoramic point of "Zumeles" is reserved for trained hikers, as it's more physically demanding.

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Path of the hike

The start of this hike is in the parking lot near the "Brite de Larieto" . If you don't know how to reach it, we'll talk about it further in the page, in the chapter "how to get there" . Once you've parked your car, walk toward the restaurant. There you'll see a wooden sign that will show you the path 211 towards Mietres.

The parking lot near Malga Larieto
Larieto in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Walk in the woods from Larieto to Mietres
(1) The parking lot near Malga Larieto. (2) The restaurant of Larieto in Cortina. (3) Walk in the woods.

The walk enters the woods for about 15 minutes, without ever becoming too demanding. The road is wide and the surface is quite smooth, so it's also suitable for children and elderly people.

Path 211 15 minutes

You will come across an intersection, marked by a wooden sign, indicating the "Rifugio Mietres" to the left. "Rifugio", in Italian, means mountain lodge. If your idea was to just take a short walk, go straight towards Mietres where you can relax, drink or eat something, on the beautiful panoramic terrace.

If you feel you want to walk a little more you can continue to the right, along Path 211, towards "Chiave" and "Cademai". The road will start to climb later, but it remains almost flat for a while. This is also the direction you have to take if you want to take the detour toward "Zumeles".

Intersection towards Mietres and Zumeles
Wooden sign showing Mietres in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Walk in the woods from Larieto to Mietres
(1) Intersection "Mietres" or "Zumeles". (2) Wooden sign Mietres. (3) Walk in the woods.

After walking about twenty minutes you will see an intersection between Path 204 and Path 211, it is easily identifiable because of the bench and the abundant signage.

Path 211 20 minutes

Here you have to make a decision. Your first option is to walk toward the "Rifugio Mietres", and finish the walk. The second option is to walk aimlessly in the direction of Chiave, then retrace your steps and reach "Mietres". The third option is the hard one, that's also the more satisfying: take path 204 and reach "Zumeles", to see a breathtaking panorama.

Trail junction 204 and 211 toward Cortina or Larieto
Wooden direction signs for trail 204 and trail 211 in the tree
Trail uphill in the direction of Zumeles
(1) Intersection between paths 204 and 211. (2) Path signs on the tree. (3) Climb toward "Zumeles".

Initially the road climbs with a tolerable gradient, so you can tackle it even if you are not fully trained. After about twenty minutes uphill, the vegetation will begin to thin out and the tall trees will change to low mountain pines.

At the end of the woods turn around, and enjoy the beautiful view. We did this hike on a day in late October, so the autumn colors helped make the view even more impressive.

Path 204 20 minutes

At this point you can turn around and go back, but if you have energy left, or you are used to walking in the mountains, you can continue further along the steep path 204 and reach the "Forcella di Zumeles". Forcella is an Italian word that means mountain saddle. We don't want to show you too much with photographs, so as not to ruin the surprise, but the view is amazing.

If you decide to continue, consider that the climb is really steep and that you may suffer from dizziness, because in some points the cliff is just at the side of the road. Anyway the effort will be amply rewarded by the panorama.

Ascent along trail 204 amidst the mountain pines
Panorama from Zumeles of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Mount Tofane and the area
Exposed path leading to the Zumeles overview
(1) Climb along Path 204. (2) Panorama of Cortina from "Zumeles". (3) Road to Zumeles.

Once you've taken a photo and you've relaxed your muscles, very carefully, face the descent, being careful not to slip. Once you reach the intersection with the path 211 while retracing your steps, you should decide where you want to eat.

The restaurant where you parked your car, "El Brite de Larieto" is almost a high level restaurant, so the prices are proportioned. The "Rifugio Mietres" offers a simpler menu, more suitable for hikers, and has a wonderful terrace with a view. However, the quality bar is always respectable. The two mountain lodges are both very popular and, during the peak season, it would always be better to book, if possible.

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Curiosities

The name "Larieto" comes from the local dialect and literally means Larch forest. Larches are very common in Cortina d'Ampezzo, especially in the European Larch variant. The most fascinating characteristic of these trees is that they turn on a very intense yellow hue in autumn, as you can see from some photographs on this page, all taken towards the end of October. If you have the opportunity to do this walk in autumn we assure you you will love it. The term "Brite" indicated the hut where the cheese was produced.

For those who want to make a big effort, "Zumeles" can also be reached from the center of Cortina. This hike is considered excellent training for those who want to participate in Trail Running competitions, as it's possible to climb a difference in altitude of around 800 metres, 2,600 ft, in less than two hours.

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How to get there

The best way to reach Larieto is with a car. Once you arrive you will find a free, but rather small, parking lot. If you don't want to have trouble finding a spot for your car, it would be best to arrive early in the morning, before all the excursionists and restaurant guests.

SR 48 15 minutes

If you don't have a car, you can consider taking a taxi. From Cortina the cost will be approximately €30, but ask for a precise price first. It is possible to find taxis both in "Piazza Roma" and in The Bus Station .

Alternatively, you can take the bus in the direction of "Passo Tre Croci", with destination "Misurina". It is a seasonal bus, active from mid-June to mid-September. Unfortunately there is no stop nearby "Larieto", so you have to get off at "Rio Gere" and walk back for about 1 kilometre, 0.6 miles.

If you don't want to walk along the state road, it is possible to follow a section of the Path 211 which leads from "Rio Gere" to "Larieto". The road is well signposted and crosses the woods that you saw on the left of the road.

For more information on buses, timetables and to purchase tickets you should go to the bus ticket office in the station. Please note that it may be closed during lunch break.

Useful information

The walk from Larieto to Mietres can be done at any time of the year, even in winter, as the road is regularly groomed. In case of snow you should bring shoe crampons, to avoid slip on the ice. The hike to Zumeles, on the contrary, is only practicable in the absence of snow, as it is not groomed and really steep.

If you decide to eat in one of the two restaurants, they are usually open for most of the year. If you don't want to have bad surprises, in low season it's always better to call, to check actual availability.

Hiking clothing is not required, but considering that much of the road is gravel, we recommended sportswear and good 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

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