The Olivato Aided path is a pleasant itinerary that crosses the western walls of Monte Miaron in the Carnic Prealps. The itinerary winds through exposed ledges and collapsed gullies that require a steady step. Uncrowded area that will leave a beautiful memory of a decidedly recommended trip.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Passo Mauria located along the Strada Statale 52 Carnica which connects San Candido (Bolzano) with Vanzano (Udine). When you reach the pass, park in the large square in front of the Bar Ristoro in step. Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the parking lot at the Passo Mauria (1298 m) we take the cart track southwards which, with the prohibition of transit for vehicles, rises with a modest slope between various hairpin bends up to Military shelter of the Miaron. The cart track has signpost 325 and in 45 'leads us to the shelter. At this point you could go up to Monte Miaron by the normal route (trail sign 327). We instead continue to the right of the saddle with the normal route following the indications for the Sentiero Olivato remaining on the path 325. The Path cut half shore among the mountain pines the north-western ridge of the Miaron without particular difficulties with the exception of some gullies with a friable base due to some landslides. The landslides tormented the area and caused the closure of the Olivato Trail for several years. We continue along the ledge among the pines until you reach ared indication on rock and a sign which tell us to bend uphill to the left to go up a detrital gully with a more marked slope. We continue following the red signs uphill on the gully until you meet the first aided section of the Sentiero Olivato (1h 45 'from the parking lot).
The first aided section consists of a vertical wall beside a gully where a landslide has fallen. We climb the vertical jump and the cable bends to the right where soon the equipment ends and we continue on the path initially uphill then again on the hillside. We go around a corner and the most characteristic part of the path opens up before us. We will cut the western ridge of the Miaron in a succession of exposed ledges and gullies.
We continue on the ledge towards the right meeting a couple of sections of collapsed canals that require attention. However, the equipment present gives a good hand to increase safety in the most exposed passages. We remain for a beautiful stretch grazing to the rock (helmet absolutely compulsory for any debris) e we go around the entire wall in a crescendo of interesting passages of the path. Let's continue along the ledge until you meet a rocky pylon that forms one saddle with the wall of the Miaron.
Beyond the saddle the path continues on the west ridge and now enter the most difficult part of the path. The path continues along a ledge that looks similar to the previous ledges but you will have to pass a more insidious scree with a particularly unstable ground. The passage of the scree requires weighing each step with caution given the lack of self-insurance equipment. The passage is a few tens of meters and once reached the ledge on the opposite side of the canyon it can be said to have completed the technical difficulties of the route. You follow the red marks along the canyon trying to avoid the less stable traits.
We go around the corner and we continue along the ledge. We are inside one third "inlet" where we follow the ledge that in a couple of points becomes narrow but it is aided and the bottom is much more stable than the crumbling gully. Around the corner the Cridola appeared straight to us with its spiers. We complete this new aided ledge and go out again on a path without equipment around the pines. We meet a track that comes from the right (path 340 from Ciampo) and us we continue to the left and in short we go up another gravelly gully but decidedly less insidious than the previous ones. We follow the uphill track steep and constant up to reach the Vaccari Shelter (2050 m - 2h from the start - 3h 45 'total) where the Aided path Olivato.
After a well-deserved break at the shelter, we begin the return. We continue east on path 340 which salt with constant but not excessive slope to Forca del Cridola (2176 m), highest point of the trip. We cut along the hillside on a stretch in which to pay attention again until engaging on the quieter path 348 ascending to Forcella Fossiana (1967 m - 1 h from the shelter). We begin a descent on a steep canyon which takes us into a beautiful detrital valley - the Val del Cadorini - e we continue losing gradually and constantly altitude until you reach Passo Mauria (1h 45 'from Forcella Fossiana - 6h 30' total).
The Olivato Aided path is a very pleasant trip. The aided sections are well positioned and never excessive. The hike extends in long stretches on a slight slope. The main pitfalls are the collapsed gullies that require a steady step. Useful hiking sticks. A long itinerary with beautiful panoramas and medium-easy difficulty, with the exception of an unprotected collapsed gully of greater difficulty.
The Olivato Aided path extends in the Carnic Prealps in a landscape that is magnificent and unknown to the great masses that often grip the nearby Dolomites of Sesto and Dolomiti Cadorine. If you want to follow other aided routes in the area you can go down to Forni di Sopra to cover the two challenging ones Ferrate Cassiopea and Varmost. Going up towards the north we encounter two difficult aided paths: the from Pra and Jau Tana. Continuing further towards the Italian-Austrian border they meet the Aided path of Ambros, the Ferrata Sartor and Chiadenis.