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20. Cinque Torri in the Ampezzo Dolomites

Spectacular tour in the Ampezzo Dolomites.
Start at the Bike Hotel Alpenblick ****s with your own car to Cortina (40 km) parking at the valley station of the “Frecce del Cielo” funicular. Take the “Frecce del Cielo” funicular up to the Rifugio Col Drusciè (1,779 m), from there cycle downhill following the MTB Route no. 15 to the valley station of the Piè di Tofana (1,675 m) chair lift. Take the chair lift uphill to the Rifugio Duca d'Aosta (2,082 m). From there, cycle for around 1.5 km on the ski slope to the junction with the tarmacked road, turn left downhill until you get to the road towards to the Falzarego Pass. On the road go for 4 km and 160 m of difference in altitude towards Falzarego Pass to the valley station of the chairlift 5 Torri (1,889 m); ascend up to the Rifugio Scoiattoli (2,255 m); on a rough forest trail continue along bike route no. 15 until Rifugio 5 Torri (2,137 m). Then along the tarmacked mountain road to the junction with the SS 48 (road to the Falzarego Pass), follow this for around 2.8 km down into the valley, don’t miss the entrance to bike route no. 6 after a distinctive “right turn”, along a beautiful single trail up to the “Malga Peziè de Parù”. From the hut cycle briefly to the road SS 638, cross this and then several metres downhill towards the valley. Continue right along the bike routes 6–15, keep left at the bridge and slightly uphill following the sign 406 Lago d’Aiàl to Croz del Macaron (1,484 m). At the Rifugio Lago d’Aiàl (1412 m) downhill along the forest road up to the town of Mortisa (1,240 m) then go north back to the starting point in Cortina.

Refreshment huts: Rifugio 5 Torri - Rifugio Scoiattoli - Rifugio Averau