P Bletterbachschlucht
P Bletterbachschlucht

Hike through the Bletterbach canyon

A jump back in time to millions years ago to discover the historic geology.

It is a sunny autumn day and we decide for a hike, we drive to Aldino, we park the car at the tourism centre Geoparc Bletterbach and we are ready to start to reach our target: the “Grand Canyon” of South Tyrol, the gorge of Rio delle Foglie. The geological trail starts directly from the parking area and it stretches through a protected woods area as we can read from a signpost. We follow the trail no. 3 towards the gorge. We reach the so-called “Taubenleck” passing through stairs and bridges. Here the path takes us through the gorge, which is surrounded by the steep and abrupt rock faces, this gorge has been burrowed by the river nearly 15.000 years ago.

The view is very suggestive here. Walking along the trail we find information signs concerning the most interesting elements of the Canyon: plants and shellfishes fossils, the legend of the gold glade as well as the geology of the gorge. After 30 minutes walking, we reach a big wonderful waterfall, which is called “Butterloch” and after climbing up the stairs, we can enjoy the breath-taking view of the gorge from above. After a short break we carry on our walk following the geological path, we walk through a wood, from where we can get a glimpse of the gorge and the path we went across before. We keep walking in a thick wood and we arrive to the Lahner Alm refuge. We decide to enjoy the last autumn sun on the green meadow and to have a rest.

From here the starting point is not very far. We return following the signpost “Sentiero del Bosco” (Wood path) which leads us to the parking area. This is a fee parking, there aren´t any other parking spaces near here. From the parking you can also follow the trail no E5 to reach directly the Radegno village.

Author: ED

Please note: when you plan to do this hike, please inform yourself about the condition of the trail!

Starting point: the parking area of the tourism centre Geoparc Bletterbach in Aldino
Trail: Circle trail from the tourism centre Geoparc Bletterbach through the gorge of the Rio delle Foglie
Signpost: geological path
Walking time: about 3 hours
Altitude difference: about 250 m
Experienced: in the middle of October 2008
Suitable for families? Yes, but not with babies or prams. You will walk through the gorge of the Rio delle Foglie among big stones and small rivers. The hike can be very exciting for elder children anyway! Attention: there are also stairs and bridges!
Further information: Touristic Board Aldino-Redagno, phone +39 0471 886800, info@aldein-radein.it

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