Via ferrata

Sentiero degli Scaloni or Percorso delle Cavre Tour

Easy equipped path above the villages of Dro and Ceniga into the Sarca Valley

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Ariella Bickhove

Nordic walking, trekking and via ferrata
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This amazing round trail passes above the small villages of Ceniga and Dro along some paths partially equipped with metallic ropes, hung stairs and footbridges. The route is nearly seven kilometers long and it can be covered in 4.5 hours on about 500 meters of height difference to go up and down.

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Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
      Ceniga
    • Endpoint
      Ceniga
    • Route
      Ceniga – Ponte Romano – Sentiero degli Scaloni – Parco Crozolam – Sentiero dell’Angiom – Dro – Ceniga
    • Starting height
      109m
    • Highest point
      515m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      756m/753m
    • Distance
      6,7km
    • Duration
      4,5 hrs
  • Difficulty

  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (da 1 a 5)
      4
    • Landscape (da 1 a 5)
      3
  • Type of route

    • Round tour
    • Suitable for families and children
    • Insider tip
    • Panoramic route
  • Best time of year

    • All year over
      without snow

Partner

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Points of interest along this equipped path

The “Sentiero degli Scaloni” is an historical path built at the beginning of the 1900s by the Austrians. This trail is also known as “Percorso delle Cavre”. The cavre are the supports which were used in the past for cableway which transported wood down to the valley.

Along the path, you will find some panoramic points over the Sarca Valley and some fascinating passages dug into the rock.

The old Crozolam bivouac has been restored and is now a small shelter inside the Crozolam Park. Inaugurated in 2018, the historical didactical park tells the history of the woods and and some of their culture. The park is meant to be a gathering and leisure place for the locals.

Description of the itinerary

From the parking lot in Ceniga, cross the road and follow the indications for the Roman Bridge of Ceniga. Once over the bridge, turn right along the flat tarmac road. Next to the “Maso Lizzone” turn left and then right again following the instructions for the Sentiero degli Scaloni, number 428.

The access trail to the equipped path goes steeply up some scree along the slopes of the “Coste d’Anglone”, first through an olive grove and then into the wood. Before starting the ferrata you must put on the helmet with the harness and the ferrata kit and then go up along an easy path equipped with metallic ropes, big stairs and footbridges. The path alternates between more exposed and panoramic sections to others in the midst of vegatation.

When the easy uphill via ferrata ends you’ll find the first “Cavra” of the path, which is a construction that supported the cableway for the transportation of wood down to the valley.

Equipped path Sentiero degli scaloni

It continues along path 428 up to the crossroad of “Dosso Tondo” at 500m of height. Here you turn right heading north following the path 428bis along and up and down inside the wood which leads you first to a forest road downhill and then to the Parco Crozolam. With a nice panoramic point, a play and picnic area, this is the perfect place for a pause before starting the descent.

It continues straight on heading north, without going down to the right, following the indications to Dro. Now starts the descent over the trail 425, known as Sentiero dell’Angiom. It goes down over an easy and equipped stretch and you go along a staircase carved in the rock that leads to the base of a large rock wall.

The path ends in an olive grove and crosses a small road with a small shrine in the hamlet of Oltra. It continues on the right over a forest road following indications to Dro until you reach the tarmac road. You follow it for a few meters and next, after a curve on the left, you enter the tiny road on the right for path 632 which, over an easy terrain, leads close to the Ponte Romano di Ceniga.

Variant

The path can be done in either direction but we suggest that you follow it clockwise, as we have described. This way you will face the most challenging part at the beginning.

Our suggestions

  • Stop for a pause or packed lunch at Parco Crozolam.
  • Leave early in the morning, especially in winter. The path is south facing and is exposed to the sun during the morning.

Sentiero degli Scaloni during winter

Thanks to the low altitude, this equipped path is walkable all year long.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the equipped path of Scaloni

Ex bivouac Crozolam, at Parco Crozolam.

Partner

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How to reach the starting point

From Arco follow the indications to Dro: SS45bis of Sarca valley up to Ceniga.

Parking lot

At the small parking lot of Ceniga which is located south of the village.

Public transport

Trentino trasporti

Safety information

Don’t be amazed if the most of the walkers are without ferrata kit. This equipped path is very easy and is suitable for those who intend to get used to via ferrata activity. Despite the few difficult parts, we suggest that you wear the recomended safety equipment anyway.

Equipment needed

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Ferrata kit

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