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Hike to Rifugio Casinei

Mountain tour · Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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m 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 km Rifugio Vallesinella (1513 m) CASINEI
When the Brenta Dolomites become a “familiar” experience.
Distance 3.6 km
2:00 h
319 m
319 m
1,825 m
1,522 m
Taste the flavour of the Brenta Dolomites, lulled by the warmth and hospitality of Rifugio Casinei.

Author’s recommendation

The mountain hut is a stop-over point along the “Cascate Alte” [High Waterfalls] ring route - a superb route that winds its way through the several wonderful waterfalls of Vallesinella. If you are attracted to this route, all you have to do is go for it.
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Update: September 23, 2020
Highest point
1,825 m
Lowest point
1,522 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Vallesinella (1513 m)

Safety information

In wet conditions, the path can become a bit slippery, especially on rocky parts or where there are lots of roots.

1) Prepare your itinerary

2) Choose a route that is suitable for your skill level

3) Choose suitable equipment and gear

4) Consult the snow/weather bulletins

5) Heading out on your own is more risky

6) Leave information on your itinerary and on the approximate time you expect to return

7) Do not hesitate to seek the support of a professional

8) Pay attention to the information and signs that you find along the trail

9) Do not hesitate to follow your steps backwards

10) In case of an accident, sound the alarm by calling the emergency number 112.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.


Loc. Vallesinella (1,522 m)
46.206526, 10.851709
46°12'23.5"N 10°51'06.2"E
32T 642846 5118660


Rifugio Casinei (1825m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The route begins in Vallesinella, where the beautiful Rifugio Vallesinella is located. It was refurbished in 2015, following the architectural style which brilliantly combined the traditional view with modern taste.

From the parking lot, take the trail marked 317, with signs for “Rifugio Casinei”. You cross a picturesque wooden bridge which makes it possible to pass over the “Sarca di Vallesinella”, one of the tributaries of the Sarca river. The trail heads into the woods and begins to climb. Steep sections are facilitated by the presence of steps, which make it easier to climb up and, above all, to get down again. A brief winding section leads to the final part of the trail - much flatter - which leads to the mountain hut and its beautiful clearing.

You return along the same route.

Variation “Anello delle Cascate – Sentiero delle Sorgenti”

From rifugio Vallesinella, the picturesque Sentiero delle Sorgenti begins. It is a well-marked trail with signs and useful informative panels. You follow a first section of the forest road and travel through the vicinity of the rifugio Casinei cableway.

Beyond the cableway, the actual trail begins, climbing stairs, slopes, and bridges (be careful not to slip in wet conditions). You climb a zigzagging path among the waterfalls belonging to the Cascate Alte di Vallesinella, and you reach the beautiful hollow of Malga Vallesinella di Sopra, at an elevation of 1680 m. You can now turn right and, with a beautiful crossing on a slight uphill slope (trail 317b), you reach rifugio Casinei, the destination of the walk. From here, you go back down to Vallesinella following the direct path, trail number 317.


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Getting there

Madonna di Campiglio via road SS239 della Val Rendena (coming from the Giudicarie and from Val di Sole). Entering the town from the south (below the tunnel), follow the signs on the right for Vallesinella. At the circle, turn right again towards Vallesinella - Loc. Palù. The road to the mountain hut is managed by the Parco Adamello-Brenta authorities, who manage access (open before 07:30).


Ample parking in Vallesinella. N.B.: the road and parking lot are managed by Parco Adamello Brenta.


46.206526, 10.851709
46°12'23.5"N 10°51'06.2"E
32T 642846 5118660
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Hiking boots/shoes. Raincoat. Telescopic hiking sticks are useful.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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3.6 km
2:00 h
319 m
319 m
Highest point
1,825 m
Lowest point
1,522 m
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