In the Mill valley near the hamlet of Gleno, a waterfall plunges from the rocks of the Rio Trodena river gorge.
Hidden in a wood near Gleno (Glen), a quiet hamlet located at 620 m a.s.l. above Montagna (Montan), there’s a small waterfall which represents a well-known and refreshing destination above all in summer. For thousands of years, the Rio Trodena brook has been winding through the eponymous gorge. It finally drops down from the rocks as a waterfall.
The Gleno Waterfall (Glener Wasserfall, in German - Cascata di Gleno, in Italian) is just a few metres high and only visible at the last moment. A wooden bridge leads over the brook. Special, however, is the form of the reddish rocks, caved in ancient times by a glacier in retreat: It reminds of a glacier mill, that’s to say a roughly circular, vertical shaft in the rock which makes the waters get a special swirl and a kind of salto that is worth seeing.
The hike proceeds from Montagna in 1 to 1.5 hours via Pinzano to Gleno. The overwhelming view from some points of the hamlet stretches from Salorno, the southernmost village of South Tyrol, to the capital of the region, Bolzano and includes also Lake Caldaro. The waterfall can be found about 10 minutes by foot from Gleno near the “Lexnhof” tavern. An alternative circular tour leads from Egna in 3 hours to the Caldiff ruin, the Gleno Waterfall and the new playground of Egna.