Sass de Stria, wich name in ladin means "Rock of the Witch", is a little, but beautiful looking mountain, offering much opportunities for all kind of mountain lovers: hikers, sport and trad climbers, WWI history fans.
This horn-shaped mount, belonging to the Fanis group, is easily recognizable from far, due to his beautiful south edge, where the famous easy Cobertaldo-Pezzotti route runs.
Although in comparison with the near mountains it has a very humble size, it was an important stronghold in the Austro-Hungaric defense line in WWI. Italian alpine troops gained it in the first days of war, in 1915, with a daring action, but they had to withdraw from it few times later... From the emplacements of Sass de Stria, Austro-Ungarian soldiers could face the italian positions on the near Piccolo Lagazuoi.
Today, the Austro-Hungarian lines with trenches, tunnels, emplacements are restored and can be visited by hikers, by a beautiful assured path leading from Valparola pass to the Sass de Stria summit.
Geographical NotesSass de Stria belongs to the Fanis group and is placed at the west of Falzarego Pass and at the south of Valparola Pass.
It's an isolated mountain and, for this reason, you can see a large view from its summit.
It presents a rocky and vertical side on south, with the famous edge, but mild and anonimous slopes on the other sides.
At the feet of its north side, lies the little but nice Valparola lake.
Best access to Sass de Stria are:
- from Cortina d'Ampezzo (south) by Falzarego pass (route SR48, about 17Km from Cortina)
- from San Cassiano and La Villa in Val Badia (north) by Valparola Pass (route SP37 and SP24, about 10Km from San Cassiano)
- From Alleghe, by Caprile and Falzarego pass (route SR203 and SR48, about 25Km form Alleghe)
Routes OverviewHiking routes
From Valparola Pass (Intraissass Fort) by the war path: EE (expert hikers) 300m of elevation gain, 1h. Interesting route, partially assured with iron cables and ladders, running through trenches and path digged in the rocks. Opportunities to visit the military galleries of Goiginger Tunnel (headlamp or torch needed!)
Several routes. The most famous is Cobertaldo-Pezzotti route on South edge (also known as "Spigolo Colbertaldo"), 7/8 pitches, IV-IV+
At the base of east side of Sass de Stria, there's an amusing Sport climbing area, with a couple of dozens of easy routes (from 4a to 6a).
The place is in shadow for the most part of the day (north-east exposition) and is quite cool. After big rains, the rocks could remain wet for some days after the rainfalls.
At the links below, you can see the list of the routes, with the grade:
When to climbThe best season is summer for climbers, but also autumn and late spring can be good for hikers.
AccomodationsOn Falzarego Pass and Valparola Pass there are many huts and hotels:
Accomodations in Lagazuoi-5 Torri area