Geotrails

The Cross-border Geopark proposes a wide variety of geologically-related hiking itineraries that will make it possible for you to admire and get to know more about the many geological peculiarities in this area.

By activating the research filters, it is possible to find the itinerary that most satisfies your curiosity or skills: from the long-distance trails, following demanding paths, to proposals entailing short strolls through valley bottoms of a more touristy nature (according to the CAI – Italian Alpine Club classification).

For each itinerary, the data sheet provides a detailed trail each single geostop, locations in which it is possible to observe the peculiar geological characteristics of the area. Moreover, the necessary equipment, the most suitable period in which to visit and the relative altitude are specified.

The geotrails are itineraries mainly pursued on paths at a low, average or high altitude. There are several levels of difficulty, yet they all require, as does every path, a certain amount of attention to be paid. Choose your geotrail by bearing in mind your skills and always take care to wear appropriate clothing and take the right equipment with you!

Passo Volaia-Wolayersee

Along the “Lake Wolayer” Geotrail you will discover the remains of an ancient ocean and its fossilised inhabitants

Length: 4,8 km
Difficulty: Moderate

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Passo Cason di Lanza – Findenig

Carboniferous and Permian are well represented north of the Cason di Lanza Pass with rich fossil records: plants, bivalves, brachiopods, but also large amphibians’ footprints.

Length: 11,40 km
Difficulty: Moderate

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Bordaglia: signs of orogenesis and glaciations

The route allows you to reach sites of great beauty, such as the Alpine lake of Bordaglia, and to take in the evident signs left by the Hercynian and Alpine Orogenies and by the erosive action of glaciers in the landscape.

Length: 13 km
Difficulty: For expert hikers only

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Cross-border Geotrail Pramollo-Nassfeld

The Pramollo-Nassfeld cross-border Geotrail allows observing in detail the sedimentary rocks deposited at the end of the Carboniferous, the penultimate period of the Paleozoic Era.

Length: 10,7 km
Difficulty: Moderate

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The source and the caves of the Fontanon

This geo-excursion lets the observer examine the karst phenomena that characterize the limestone outcrops of the Alta Valle (upper valley) of the Bût torrent. The itinerary also leads to the karst source of the Fontanon and to one of the caves that form the complex subterranean system of the mountain overlooking the village of Timau.

Length: 4,7 km
Difficulty: Moderate

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Rivoli Bianchi debris flow

The site's name says a lot: the "Rivoli Bianchi", in fact, is the fan of debris that opens before us, at the foot of Mount Amariana, descending from the deep fracture through which the Rio Citate flows. Its scientific name is "alluvial cone", and what we are facing is one of the largest active cones in Europe.

Difficulty: Moderate

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The “Las Calas” Gorge

The Las Calas gorge is a natural monument carved out of the rock by water, which has polished it, creating evocative scenes. Along the way we can observe also the result of the enormous forces in action during the two orogenies and the crustal deformations that shaped the outcropping rocks.

Length: 3,35 km
Difficulty: For expert hikers only

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Garnitzenklamm Gorge – Massive forces at work

Breathtaking views can be enjoyed all along the route, accompanied by the thunderous waters of the Garnitzen brook. The water has cut its way deep down into the rock, creating a polished surface and offering fascinating views of the inside of the mountains and rocks.

Length: 6,6 km
Difficulty: Moderate

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