The day hike to Rifugio Stevia and Col dala Pieres (also written Col dla Pieres) is one of the finest hiking tours in the Val Gardena Dolomites. While most people visiting Val Gardena make a b-line for the Seceda Ridgeline, only a few know about this exciting alternative in Puez-Odle Nature Park. This hike delivers mesmerizing views of Sassolungo (Langkofel), Sella Group, and the famous Odle (Geisler) peaks from an entirely fresh perspective.
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Rifugio Stevia and Col dala Pieres Trail Overview
- Route: Col Raiser Top Station (2106 m) – Rifugio Firenze (2037 m) – Forcella Piza (2489 m) – Rifugio Stevia (2312 m) – Forcella Piza (2489 m) – Col dala Pieres (2747 m) – Forcella Forces de Sieles (2505 m) – Rifugio Firenze (2037 m) – Col Raiser Top Station (2106 m).
- Distance: 13.8 km loop
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Highest Point: Col dala Pieres (2750 m)
- Elevation Gain / Loss: 890 meters ascending / 895 meters descending
- Time Needed: 6 -7 hours
- Trails: 4, 3, 17b, 17, 2, 2-3, 4
Recommended Hiking Gear for Col dala Pieres
We recommend wearing a sturdy pair of hiking boots, preferably grade B/C like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (what Kati and I wear) or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX. Hiking poles are very helpful as well for this hike: women’s hiking poles, men’s hiking poles.
Other hiking essentials: a reusable water bottle, polarized sunglasses, rain jacket, sunhat, and camera. We love our Sony Alpha A6000 mirrorless digital camera. It’s lightweight, easy to hike with, and captures landscapes beautifully.
When to Hike to Rifugio Stevia and Col dala Pieres
Early June to mid-October. Time your visit with the Col Raiser gondola summer opening times: May 30 – October 11, 2020. Without the gondola ascent and descent, this hike would be impossibly long (at least 11 hours).
Getting to the Rifugio Stevia Trailhead
By Car. The hike begins at the Col Raiser gondola top station. If you’re traveling by car, drive to the Col Raiser valley station in Selva, Val Gardena. There’s a large parking lot with 217 spaces.
By Bus. If you’re traveling by transit, you can reach Col Raiser by bus. From other destinations in Val Gardena, take bus 350 or bus 471 to the Dosses stop in Santa Cristina. Read this Val Gardena bus schedule for more help. From Dosses, you can hop on a free shuttle that runs between Santa Christina and the Col Raiser valley station in the morning, from 8:30 am to 12 pm, when the chairlift is operating.
Col Raiser Gondola Prices
When you get the valley station, purchase a round-trip ticket. In Summer 2019, the price was 20 EUR for a round-trip ticket for adults and 14 EUR for a round-trip ticket for kids (ages 6-13). If you’re an Alpine Club Member, show your card, and you’ll receive a 1 EUR discount.
Also Read: Resciesa to Seceda Day Hike in Val Gardena
Rifugio Stevia and Col dala Pieres Day Hike
Trail 4 | Col Raiser Top Station to Rifugio Firenze (Regensburger Hütte)
Starting at the Col Raiser gondola top station, you’ll hike 25 minutes to Regensburger Hütte, a lovely mountain refuge in Puez-Odle Nature Park. This easy path is ever-so-slightly downhill.
Trails 3 and 17B | Rifugio Firenze (Regensburger Hütte) to Forcella Piza (Pizascharte)
At Rifugio Firenze, the signpost indicates 2 hours to Rifugio Stevia and 2.5 hours to Col dala Pieres.
Walk across the outdoor terrace of Rifugio Firenze and follow the wide gravel path downhill. As you slowly descend along trail 3, enjoy the views of Langkofel.
Keep your eyes out for 17B, a narrow trail that cuts left into the forest. You’ll take 17B all the way to Forcella Piza (Pizascharte, Furcela Piza), the mountain saddle between Muntejela (2643 m) and Mont De Stevia (2555 m). The ascent to Forcella Piza takes an hour. 17B initially leads gently uphill through the forest. When you clear the bushline, the path continues to ascend towards a wall or rock (Muntejela and Mont De Stevia). The final stretch to the mountain pass traverses a scree slope, which is secured by wooden logs made into steps.
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Trail 17 | Forcella Piza to Rifugio Stevia
When you get to the Piza saddle, you can head left directly to the Col dala Pieres summit, or right to Rifugio Stevia (Stevia Hütte / Ütia de Stevai). Even though you’ll have to backtrack to this very point to continue the hike, we recommend detouring to Rifugio Stevia for lunch, or just a drink. It takes about 20 minutes to walk down to the mountain refuge. The views of Sassolungo (Langkofel), the Sella Group, and Cir Peaks are just fabulous.
Trail 17 | Rifugio Stevia to Col dala Pieres
From the hut, head back the way you came and continue along Trail 17. At the Piza saddle, the sign indicates 1 hour to Col dala Pieres (2747 m). Following the ridgeline, the ascent to Col dala Pieres is very moderate. In every direction, peaks and ridgelines create a multi-layered masterpiece.
Trail 17 | Col dala Pieres to Forcella Forces de Sieles
From the summit of Col dala Pieres, the trail continues along the mountain ridge, gifting you glorious views of the spikey Odle (Geisler) peaks. The level trail will eventually dip over the ridge at the saddle Forcella Forces de Sieles (2505 m).
Trail 2 | Forcella Forces de Sieles to Rifugio Firenze
In dry conditions, the descent from Forcella Forces de Sieles isn’t overly difficult. There are some ropes to aid your passage through tricky areas. But, as long as you have sturdy boots and hiking poles, it’s NBD. If you don’t have alpine hiking experience, forget what I said. Depending on your experience, this can be difficult.
When you get to level ground, continue along trail 2 in the direction of the Geisler peaks. The long stretch to Rifugio Firenze is spellbinding. The Odle (Geisler) peaks steal the show with their brilliant dagger-like formation.
Trail 4 | Rifugio Firenze to Col Raiser Top Station
Take the exact route that you took coming here. The Col Raiser chairlift closes at 5:30 p.m., so unless you want to descend another 900 meters, try to catch it.
Where to Stay in Val Gardena
Hotel Rodella in Selva di Val Gardena
Mid-range hotel with unbeatable sunset views of Sella and Langkofel. The rooms are comfortable and filled with light. And, the location is brilliant (walking distance to Col Raiser Cable Car).
Dorthotel Beludei in Santa Cristina, Val Gardena
This 4-star hotel serves visionary cuisine. When I say this is the best place to eat in Val Gardena, I mean this is THE BEST PLACE TO EAT IN VAL GARDENA. Dorfhotel Beludei dazzled us with its spa area, luxurious rooms, and professional staff.
More Information for Your Trip to the Dolomites:
- Where to Stay in the Dolomites in Summer
- Dolomites Road Trip Itinerary
- Hiking in the Dolomites in September
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