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01 FORCELLA DELLA TERZA PICCOLA from the Eichenkofel valley - Sappada

Long distance hiking trail · Carnia
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  • Salendo poco prima di entrare nel vallone
    / Salendo poco prima di entrare nel vallone
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, Visit Sappada Dolomiti
  • / Risalendo il vallone
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, Visit Sappada Dolomiti
  • / Vista verso la forcella
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, Visit Sappada Dolomiti
  • / Il vallone visto da sotto la forcella
    Photo: Visit Sappada Dolomiti, Visit Sappada Dolomiti
  • / La Terza Piccola
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, Visit Sappada Dolomiti
  • / Vista verso il passo Digola dalla forcella
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, Visit Sappada Dolomiti
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This is an high altitude, squared cut that lies between the peak of Terza Piccola to the west and its powerful eastern buttress, that allows passage from the Eichenkofel valley to the grassy saddle of the Digola pass. It is also called the Sella Dracone, named after Dracone, a lord of Comelico, who unjustly extorted taxes from the people of Sappada around 1300.
moderate
5.1 km
3:15 h
935 m
0 m
An evocative and varied itinerary with no particular difficulties, the dense, quiet spruce-woods of the huge forest of Digola lead on to a wild and lonely gorge, very unusual in its morphology with two different sides (one side being rocky, gravelly and stony, the other with gentle grassy slopes), it then approaches the magical world of the peaks. From the fork, the summit of the Terza Piccola (see Normal routes section) is really straightforward (one for hiker-climbers however). It is one of the corners in the area that remains almost unspoiled and uncrowded and which provides good views on the Rinaldo group and the Terze, the silence comes with altitude and perhaps an unexpected but always welcome encounter with some herd of chamois that inhabit the area.
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Updated: June 16, 2020

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Highest point
2119 m
Lowest point
1184 m
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Turn-by-turn directions

Following itinerary 1 (in the Walking section), from the village of Palù as far as the fork at 1541m a.s.l, from here we follow the cart track that bears right (the one that turns left leads to the Tamer di Fuori) which proceeds, with some ups and downs, towards the eastern buttress of Terza Piccola. Behind the steep ridge we follow the path that narrows and proceeds slightly uphill (providing a beautiful view of the valley of Sappada) and climbing again, with comfortable turns, reaching a larch forest. At about 1580 m a.s.l it cuts through it, circumventing the buttress on the north side, the foothills and once again becoming an easy-to-follow mule-track that, almost on the flat, enters the Eichenkofel valley. After a few hundred metres is a boulder with an arrow and the word “Terza Piccola”. From here a thin trail climbs very steeply to the left, between mugo pines and low vegetation, beyond which the slope lessens, while the fork appears allthough still seeming distant. Now in the upper part of the valley, the walker proceeds mainly over grassy terrain right up the final stretch where the path, regaining steepness, keeps to tight hairpins as far as the summit.

Return

Along the same route.

Alternatively, from the fork you can follow the trail that descends for a considerable way south along a steep landslide-prone canyon and sometimes rather tricky for some stretches, as far as the sparse woods and meadows near the Digola pass ( NB : difficulty level EE in the gully, then E). From here use itinerary 2 (in the Walking section) in reverse as far as Sappada. Time 2:30-3:00.

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46.560525, 12.675263
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46°33'37.9"N 12°40'30.9"E
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33T 321819 5158954
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Distance
5.1 km
Duration
3:15h
Ascent
935 m
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