Via Ferrata Equipped Path De Luca - Innerkofler

4 h
Elevation gain
800 m

Monte Paterno is an excellent observation point for the impressive north faces of the Tre Cime, symbol of alpinism not only in the Dolomites but all over the world. The view from the "De Luca - Innerkofler" via ferrata is exceptional as it leads first along the north west crest and east face to Monte Paterno’s Forcella dei Camosci to then finish on its 2744m summit. This fairly straightforward route leads through First World War tunnels and is best combined with the descent along the Sentiero delle Forcelle on the mountain’s east crest. From Cortina follow the road to Misurina via Passo Tre Croci. Then take the Tre Cime toll road up to Rifugio Auronzo (2298m). From Rifugio Auronzo take the path that leads easily beneath the south faces of the Tre Cime, first to Rifugio Lavaredo and Forcella Lavaredo and then to Rifugio Locatelli (1.30 hours). The Innerkofler ferrata starts just above this. From the Park information centre, take one of the jeeps up to Malga Ra Stua, then from here follow trail no. 26 in the direction of Cròsc del Grisc. Next head towards Rifugio Sennes until you come to the intersection with the road that lets you pick up the Val Salata and return to your departure point. From the summit descend back to Forcella dei Camosci and descend via the ascent route or head south down the narrow path to the base of the wall. Alternatively, for a complete traverse of the mountain, take the via ferrata Delle Forcelle which leads up and down a series of ledges using ladders and bridges, along the eastern crest of Monte Paterno down to the path at the base. From here return to Rifugio Pian di Cengia or take path no. 104 which links Rif. Locatelli and Rif. Auronzo.


Not very difficult. If combined with the descent of the Ferrata delle Forcelle as far as both physical effort and landscape are concerned it is a varied and complete traverse.

Rest points

Rifugio Auronzo alle Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Rifugio Lavaredo


Normal via ferrata equipment. Headtorch for tunnel.


Monte Paterno
Best time
From June to October depending on snow conditions.