The Easy Aided path of the Cavre is a circular itinerary that combines two aided sections (the Scaloni Aided path and the Anglone Aided path) with a panoramic section above which connects them. The path is easy, exposed and well aided. Ideal for beginners at first experiences. Walkable all year round, but beware of the warmer months given the warm weather.
The starting point of the itinerary is the town of Ceniga near Arco in the province of Trento. Coming from Arco we will turn left leaving the state road in the direction of the town center. continuing towards the center of the village at Via del Ponte we will see a large parking lot on the right. We leave the car in the parking lot and start the trip from this point.
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From the parking lot we go back up Via del Ponte on the opposite side of the road towards Ponte Romano and crossing it we are on the opposite side of the Sarche river. Keep to the right, soon reaching a CAI sign indicating the Scaloni Aided path. We keep the path indicated by the poles and we climb on rocky ground initially towards the start of the first section of the Aided path of the Cavre, or in this section named the Aided path of the Scaloni (30 'from the parking lot).
The Aided path of Scaloni begins initially diagonally over some easy rocks which soon leads us to an earthy ledge that continues to the left aided where the sections are exposed and steeper. We pass a short bridge over a gap and thus we reach the most characteristic part of the route from which it clearly takes its name. We are under an impressive wall that we could hardly climb up. We are helped by a ladder with a metal base and wooden steps. The staircase rises diagonally to the right at the beginning and towards the left afterwards. The ladder helps us to gain height and exposure, but it rises without any real difficulty. At the end of the ladder we face a sloping slab in which there are artificial steps made in the rock. With the stepped ascent and the rope on our left the difficulties are reduced to a minimum. We continue on a stretch of aided path until we reach a inclined ramp where artificial stone stepshave been created. Even this section, although exposed, does not present any particular difficulty. We proceed towards the left on well-grabbed rocks and we finish the climb of the Scaloni Aided path at the wooden box with the book of signatures and the red sign (30 'from the start - 1 hour from the parking lot).
From the end of the aided path we proceed , continue north-west to reach Dos Tondo where path 428B begins. We ignore the saddle that leads us to the church of Sant'Antonio (CAI 408) to the left. The path 428B is the real path of the Cavre and runs halfway up in direction of the Bivacco Crozolam. From the shelter we continue always in a northerly direction ignoring the forest. We follow the path following for Dro to a saddle: on the left the CAI 425 continues while we will go down to the right to intercept the Aided path of Anglone (1h from the end of the path aided with stairs - 2h total).
The Anglone Aided path has some well-aided sections on exposed ledges and sections of trail mainly aided for safety in case of bad weather. The upper part of the descent is definitely easy. The second part is much steeper and we encounter a sloping slab on which to descend cautiously and using the equipment to make adhesion on the rock. We reach a gully with steps in rock and some aided rocks. This is the most exposed section of the route, which however does not present any particular technical difficulties and requires only a firm foot. We cover one last ledge carved into the rock which descends steeply and takes us to the meadows below until we reach the Dro houses and a paved road (45 'from the start of the aided path of the Anglone - 2h 45' total).
From the end of the Aided path of the Anglone, we will follow the CAI 425 trail southwards, which runs along a paved road with little traffic. With this road we reach the Roman Bridge and from there back to the parking (30 'from the end of the Aided path of Anglone - 3h 15' total).
The Aided Path of Cavre, as indicated in the report, is composed of two aided sections of which we will travel one uphill and one downhill. You can consider walking the path in both directions without any problems whatsoever. The route is suitable for beginners not presenting particular technical difficulties and the equipment is abundant and in excellent condition. The Sentiero degli Scaloni climbs to 1909 as a military path for Austrian soldiers.
The Aided path of the Cavre is a pleasant itinerary that, if undertaken early in the morning, could leave us time and energy to chain a second itinerary in the area. You could consider going easy Via Ferrata Colodri in Arco or the Rio Sallagoni Ferrata in Castel Drena. If you proceed towards Fiavè in a parallel valley you could take the new one Ferrata Ballino at the Rio Salaguzza Falls or lengthening the distance a little, proceed in the direction of Via Ferrata Preore.
Approach: 0:30 h
Ferrata: 2:15 h
Itinerary: 3:15 h
Via Ferrata gap: 390 m
Route difference: 400 m
Max altitude: 514 m
Length: 6 Km