Val di Fanes For Mountain Biking
The 9th most popular mountain bike trail in Italy.
Monday 11 June 2018 04:25 GMT
Northeast of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Val di Fanes is one of the most infamous mountain bike trails in the Dolomites. In addition to passing through the limestone spires of the Dolomites, the trail passes waterfalls and small alpine lakes. The Val di Fanes trail (path n.10) is a 10km route from the highway north of Cortina d’Ampezzo heading northeast over to Val dai Tamersc, which is southeast of San Vigilio. The Val di Fanes mountain bike route starts shortly after Fiames on path n.10 following the indications for Pian de Loa and then for the Cascate di Fanes (Fanes waterfalls). This first part is a constant climb. The path continues through pine brush to the crossroads to Malga Fanes Grande. Continue right along the path n.11/Alta Via delle Dolomite n.1 towards Lago di Limo and Rifugio Fanes.
While it can be ridden as an out-and-back from either end, it is popular to ride it as part of a counter-clockwise loop totalling 32km with 1800m of climbing. By riding counter-clockwise, you get to descend through the more breathtaking and rugged Val di Fanes instead of climbing through it.
Overall, Val di Fanes is the 9th most popular mountain bike trail of all 47 mountain biking rides in Italy. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Val di Fanes including Cortina d Ampezzo, Drei Zinnen, Cortina Bike Park, Cortina - Pian de Loa - Cascate di Fanes, Cortina - Ospitale - Cimbanche and Cortina - Pian de Ra Spines - Cadin.