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4. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit

Hikers returning from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop hike
One of the symbols of the Dolomites, and an image you’ve likely seen on postcards: allow me to introduce Little Peak, Big Peak, and Western Peak.

Exploring the Tre Cime Nature Park

We can’t talk about the best hiking in the Dolomites without mentioning Tre Cime di Lavaredo, arguably the most recognizable sight in the entire range. These three immense pillars of layered limestone rising out of the rolling alpine scenery are the centerpiece of one of Europe’s most celebrated day hikes.

Starting from the Rifugio Auronzo, a wide rocky path runs north towards the Italian Alpine Club’s Rifugio Locatelli, which offers the finest views of Tre Cime, then loops back around for a full circle tour of the pale trident. Along the way, you’re treated to sweeping vistas of the rest of the Dolomites and a vast, rocky expanse dotted with colorful splashes of grass and wildflowers.

The basic loop can be completed in 3-4 hours, but one of the defining features of this area is its extensive network of side trails. These can be combined any way you like, netting you even more panoramas. If you’re adventurous enough, you can easily turn this into a multi-day journey by staying at the numerous rifugios.

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