The aided path Foletti is an aided path that presents a couple of vertical passages that is used to descend (or climb) from Cima Capi on the north side. It is often combined with the climb to Cima Capi via the Ferrata Susatti.
The starting point of the itinerary is the village of Biacesa 4 Km from Riva del Garda. Once in Riva del Garda we follow the tunnels that lead us to Val di Ledro. Once out of the second we soon reach the village of Biacesa. We take via dei Dazi on the right and then at the end of the road we turn right. We continue for a short while until we come to a playground with a large parking lot. From there our trip will start.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
For those keen on via ferrata, the Foletti Aided Path will generally be covered as a descent path by the Ferrata Susatti for Cima Capi. In this case we advise you to read the report of that path here. The description of the ferrata considers descending from Cima Capi after having carried out Susatti.
If you wanted to walk the Sentiero Foletti from the Church of San Giovanni below Cima Rocca, the route that can be taken is to reach the church for the Aided path of the Laste (1h) or via the CAI path 417 and then CAI 460 from Biacesa (1h).
The first metal equipments help us to cover an easy but exposed cross that develops along some inclined plates. This transom offers good grips for the feet and where these are missing some metallic equipment has been added to support. We walk up a vertical stretch and then a more challenging downhill stretch. We continue along the ferrata until we reach a wall where we will descend diagonally without any particular difficulty up to the start and the plate which in fact indicate the end of the ferrata (20 'from the start - 2h 45' from the parking lot along the Ferrata Susatti to Cima Capi).
The itinerary suggested in this report is to take the Foletti Aided Path as a descent from Cima Capi following a climb with the Ferrata Susatti. In this scenario we will end the Foletti Path near the Church of San Giovanni. We can get off at Biacesa with the Sitted Path of the Laste or by following the CAI path 460 up to the CAI 417 which we will take to the left (45 'from the Church of San Giovanni - 4h total).
This short ferrata does not present technical difficulties whether it is traveled uphill towards Cima Capi or - as suggested in this report - as a descent path after having taken the Ferrata Susatti. Attention must obviously be paid to the downhill section. Not recommended on the hottest summer days.
As described in the report, the Foletti Aided Path can be combined perfectly with the descent from the Ferrata Susatti. Once you have gone down under Cima Rocca you could opt to climb to Cima Rocca with the ferrata that runs through the galleries and walkways of the First World War or you could go down to Biacesa with the Aided path of the Laste. The area is therefore rich in aided itineraries, all of medium-low difficulty. Moving to the Passo di Tremalzo we can follow the Aided path Mora Pellegrini to Monte Corno.
Approach: 2:45 h
Ferrata: 0:20 h
Itinerary: 4:00 h
Via Ferrata gap: 70 m
Route difference: 490 m
Max altitude: 909 m
Length: 8.1 Km
Mountain Group: Giudicarie Prealps