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3 Mountain Bike routes to take from Cortina to Dolomites

If you were to “rationally” analyze il Cadore– something that is almost impossible to due because beauty and emotions always take precedence– you would discover that this is a “complete” area,” where it is possible to relax, walk, regenerate and taste the best of the cooking that the Dolomites has to offer, as well as participating in all kinds of recreation activities from Nordic Walking to trail running, from Arrampicata to Ferrate, not to mention mountain biking, downhill, golf, horse riding, canyoning, fishing, tennis, and orienteering. Any sport that you love, you will find its highest expression in Cortina and its unparalleled natural areas.


Today we will concentrate on mountain biking and on the splendid summer routes in the Cortina Valley that are available to all lovers of mountain biking. So, here are 3 mountain bike routes to follow in Cortina, Queen of the Dolomites. It was difficult to choose, since we are talking about these 3 routes: 2 easy ones and one that is intermediate/difficult. We will describe them briefly, along with all of the most beautiful mountain bike routes in Cortina, moving routes that are definitely more demanding but still worth following.


Among nature Parks, refuges and amazing views: 3 mountain bike routes to take in Cortina


1- Cortina – Dobbiaco


We will start with the easy but incredibly charming Cortina – Dobbiaco route.

This is a charming tour that passes by former railways and small abandoned stations, spectacular viaducts and tunnels, ponds and breathtaking mountain scenery. It goes through Cimabanche pass and crossing, in fact, 3 amazing natural parks such as the Dolomiti di Ampezzo Natural Park, the Dolomiti di Sesto Natural Park and the Fanes, Sennes, Braies Natural Park. Exceeded by the Cimabanche, right along Landro Lake then you will see the, imposing and magnificent 3 summits of Lavaredo on the western side, following a stretch of the trail next to the Strada Alemagna. Subsequently, near Dobbiaco, there is a cemetary for WWI soldiers and shortly after Dobbiaco Lake. Following the course of the Rienza River, you will arrive at your destination.

  • Departure point: downtown Cortina
  • Arrival point: Dobbiaco railway station
  • Trail markings: follow the signs for “Dobbiaco”
  • Travel time: approx. 2 hours (plus return)
  • Length: 29 km (+ return)
  • Height difference: around 300 meters.
  • Difficulty: (relatively) easy – suitable even for the youngest cyclists provided they have minimal training.
  • Route features: the majority of the route isn’t paved – no racing bikes.


2- Tour of Cinque Rifugi


The tour of Cinque Rifugi has been described in the magazine Mountain Bike Action in 1955 as “The Greatest Trail of the World,” In accepting the compliment, let’s see what it’s about.


It is a reference path, which begins on the old Cortina – Dobbiaco railway, an optimal warmup before the considerable climb leading to the Malga Ra Stua refuge, on the threshold of the luxuriant Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. Subsequently, the leg then continues to the the dirt road ascent in Val Salata, where every so often you can get out of the saddle and continue on foot due to the slope and uneven ground at some point.


This work is also available, finally reach the top near the Sennes refige, exhausting the slight descent the Pian de Lasta plateau to rest a little. The path is beautifully panoramic and passes by the third and fourth shelters on the route, oasis of Fodara Vedla and Pederù. The descent begins to very quickly, with no curves added to make the route easier.


Is the ascent finished? Not even close. The Fanes Valley with its average slope will show you Piciodel Lake and, finally, the fifth refuge of the in mountain bike tour, the Fanes refuge, which signals the imminent arrival of the final Limo Pass ascent. If you get to this at this point, you how definitely deserve the final descent – magnificent– with enchanting sul Fanes Lake (and passing by the waterfalls). The return to Cortina happens on the left side of Boite, downhill.


  • Departure point: Cortina d’Ampezzo.
  • Arrival point: Cortina d’Ampezzo.
  • Trail markings: follow the signs for the Cinque rifugi.
  • Travel time: 5 hours.
  • Length: 48 km total.
  • Height difference: 1720 meters.
  • Difficulty: medium.
  • Route features: amazing!


3- Ampezzana Basin


One of the many great things to do while mountain biking in Cortina is to admire the surroundings and that it does not serve rise further in altitude to enjoy panoramas that elsewhere require you to agreement to pay in dizziness.


The entire Boite Valley allows you to learn mountain biking through with exquisite but easy itineraries. For example, you can head towards the ascent of Chiamulera, tough but brief, to admire the entire Ampessana Valley from the top, to then enter into the cyclable former railway. Passing through the abandoned Fiames train station, you arrive at the Felizon bridge, which that then brings you to the ruins of of Podestagno Castle.


The ascent is already over and, with a wide road that descends quickly into the in Fanes Valley, accompanying the Boite River along the Pian de Loa. The descent on old mule tracks alternates with a steep uphill climb through the pass that leads you to Cadin (none of the sections are complete, but you just have to basta get off your bicycle and go by foot). You can reach Socol through the Mortisa and Campo lawn and then the Zuel trampoline from the 1956 Winter Olympics. To return to Cortina, you just have to return on the bicycle path by of the old railway.


  • Departure point: Cortina d’Ampezzo.
  • Arrival point: Cortina d’Ampezzo.
  • Trail markings: uphill of Chiamulera.
  • Travel time: 2 and a half hours.
  • Length: a little over 30 km total.
  • Height difference: 590 meters.
  • Difficulty: easy.
  • Characteristics of the route: very interesting and varied. Does not require a lot of experience.

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