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Fletcher/Smith Rating: 3B
Hofler/Werner Rating: E
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This ferrata climbs a lower but very prominent peak called col Rosa. col Rosa is located just north of the Tofane mountains and Cortina D'Ampezzo. The starting point is from the Camping Olympia campground, just north of Cortina D'Ampezzo.
Col Rosa has very steep and dramatic south, west, and east aspects. To the north, however, it presents a gently sloping incline. The ferrata scales the south face, and the return route is a trail that leads north and then around and back, forming a nice short loop route. In total this trip can be done in half a day. At the summit of Col Rosa are World War I fortifications tunnelled into the summit block. You can descend into these tunnels and explore.
From the far end of the Olympia Campground (or by walking the #417 trail/road next to it), proceed along trail #417 (this is easy and flat) until a trail junction is reached with the #408 trail. Take that trail (go left) and proceed up in switchbacks through nice forest to the height of the pass (Passo Posporcora). There will be a junction with a trail that leads right and up. This is the trail to the start of the ferrata.
The ferrata does not start right away. In fact, there is still a fair bit of hiking to go. In fact there is a bit of semi-exposed scrambling (without protection) that is needed before getting to the start of the ferrata itself.
Once at the start, the route is basically straight up. I would say it is no more difficult or exposed than the Pisciadu (Brigata Tridentina) ferrata, but much shorter. Soon you are up on a flat area not much below the summit block. There are beautiful views to the Tofane group, to Cortina D'Ampezzo below, and to the Sorapis and Pomagnon ranges across the valley to the east and southeast. Really nice scenery.
Traversing the flat area, there is a final set of pegs/ladders/wire, relatively short, and then you are on the summit. There is a entrance into the subterranean chambers at the summit, and it is easy to find.
The way down is a well marked path (#447) that winds down through (I think) larch trees, then bends east and switchbacks steeply back down to the 417 trail, which you then take back to your starting point. A very scenic short-to-medium length route! It is another good intro to harder Ferrate.
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rating from the newer Cicerone Guide by Fletcher and Smith
(**) Difficulty rating from older Cicerone Guide by Hofler/Werner