Via Ferrata: “Ferrata Rio Sallagoni (C)” (Italy)

Short but impressive via ferrata through the gorge of Rio Sallagoni. This via ferrata is composed of two parts, the lower (C) very well protected with cables and the upper (B) with less protection (only iron rungs, no cables), allowing impressive views on waterfalls and the unique (soundscape) atmosphere of climbing through a gorge.

Climb through the impressive gorge of Rio Sallagoni (C)

The tour starts at the parking on the SP84 (GPS: 45.971559, 10.933824) and first heads downwards towards the start point of the ferrata. The ferrata itself leads through the impressive gorge along the river and is composed of two parts. The first part is very well protected but some traverses are overhanging (thus require a lot of energy). The highlight of the first part of the ferrata are two cable bridges (very loose) that crosses the Rio Sallagoni river. The second part is easier (B) but only protected by iron rungs (no cable!) and also leads through the upper part of the gorge on very slippery rocks next or sometimes in the river. The ferrata exits at the Castello di Drena which allows an impressive view on the surrounding landscape. The descent is done on a fairly easy hiking route through the forest back to the parking.

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory for this tour!

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot (GPS: 45.971559, 10.933824) and follow the street back downwards to the hairpin.
00:05 Turn right into the gravel road at the hairpin and follow the gravel road downwards.
00:06 At the crossing and information sign, keep straight and follow the small trail which leads to the start of the ferrata after a few meters.
00:07 Put on the via ferrata set and start the climb towards the gorge.
00:20 There is an emergency exit of the ferrata on the left handside before the demanding, overhanging part (C) begins.
00:30 Cross the first cable bridge (B). This requires absolute foot sureness, balance and not being afraid of heights!
00:42 At the beautiful crossing, keep left if you want to do the second cable bridge (B) or stay right and use the stairs to bypass. This crossing is easy to miss!
00:50 At the crossing, keep straight (blue markings) for the second part (only protected by iron rungs, no cable!) or turn left to leave the ferrata.
01:10 Exit the via ferrata and follow the trail towards the castle.
01:15 Turn left and follow the road towards the castle.
01:17 Before the road, follow the small trail next to the road downwards towards the viewpoint.
01:20 Enjoy the view from the viewpoint and then go back towards the trail.
01:25 Follow the small trail downwards to shortcut the main street. When reaching the main street, cross the street and follow the trail further downwards.
01:30 Cross the street again and turn around. Go back a few meters and then turn right and follow again the small trail to shortcut the main street.
01:37 Turn right and follow the small trail downwards towards the gravel road for a few meters.
01:41 Turn left and head towards the main street. At the street, turn left again and follow the street till reaching the parking.
01:45 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

At a glance

Level moderate
–  Via Ferrata Category  C 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

General Tour Data

Area: Garda Trentino, Italy
Distance: 2.7km
Ascent: 194m (1h 02min)
Descent: 194m (0h 30min)
Highest Pt: 375m
Lowest Pt: 181m
Duration: 1h 15min (without breaks)
Stop/Rest: None
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and water
Topo/Map: Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni (C)

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Tour Diary

2020-07-25 09:00

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Suunto

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