Review of the easy Aided path King of Saxony in the Jof Fuart group in the Julian Alps. Low difficulty itinerary, mainly along ledges. Technically wise, suitable for beginners. Pay attention to the unprotected parts of the route.
The starting point of the itinerary of the Aided path of King of Saxony is located about 7 km from Sella Nevea in the Province of Udine. To reach Sella Nevea you must reach the town of Chiusaforte, located 20 minutes from the Carnia Tolmezzo exit in the A23. Once in Chiusaforte follow the signs for Sella Nevea towards the east. We pass the bridge and drive 20 km to the village. Once in the village we continue on the provincial road 76 towards the state border. After 6.3 km we reach two narrow curves. Just before the first corner there is a clearing to the right where you can park the car. Directions for Google Maps available here.
Although the Aided path of King of Saxony is viable in both directions, we propose to initially climb to the Capanna Re di Sassonia, walk along the aided path and descend to the parking lot.
Leaving the car in the parking lot (997 m) we continue along the paved road passing the first curve to the left and, just before reaching a curve to the right, we will notice a sign with cai signs that rises to the left in the woods. We take the 625 trail uphill that runs alongside the Rio Bianco in a constant but not excessive climb into the woods. After a first uphill section with a modest slope, the path goes up steeper in the woods and we reach the Hut King of Saxony (1432 m - 1h 30 'from the parking lot), also marked as Rifugio Brunner. This hut is not managed and there are no beds inside.
Ignored the signs 656 towards the Cave del Predil, keep to the left following the signs for the Aided path King of Saxony (signpost 629). We start going up diagonally under the forest and soon we approach the south walls of Monte La Torre. The path now comes out of the woods and it becomes more interesting. We meet one beautiful waterfall which descends from the south-east side of the Tower. We lose slightly altitude approaching the walls where we meet the first aided section: one comfortable but exposed ledge to the left on gravel ground. Going around the corner slightly downhill we meet a new exposed stretch and we go back to the opposite side. We continue along one narrow ledge without particular problems and using the wire rope in the most exposed passages and with a more slippery bottom. After a few horizontal meters we meet the first vertical jump. With a jump of about 7-8 meters we have to climb to reach the continuation of the ledge. Some metal frames and fittings facilitate this step.
On reaching the new ledge, we continue to the left under a rocky roof that leads us on a complaint but easy horizontal traverse. Some metal feet changes make the exposed passage elementary. We end the traverse and we go down for 3 meters and take a ledge again to the left. Now let's continue on path without difficulty reaching a colander we cross.
We continue on trail in the direction of a rocky bastion under which there is a new exposed ledge aided with which we circumvent it narrow and low passage. We continue on the path that we keep in slight slope between modest ups and downs. Continuing along the route, we approach one area with rather landslide terrain and unstable. After traveling one new ledge, we are at the base of a aided groove which go up. We continue in the path, now in his last lines. We return to the woods and we reach a crossroads between our path and the 650 that goes down to the parking lot (1h 30 'from the start - 2h 45' total).
To the crossroads keep the right uphill following the track 650. Il path 629 continues uphill towards the Corsi Hut. We go down into the woods following the trail between hairpin turns until you reach the car park on the roadside (1h from the end of the Aided King of Saxony path - 3h 45 'total).
The Aided path King of Saxony would continue to the Corsi Hut. In this itinerary we have presented the first part. This aided path is ideal for those wishing to take a first aided itinerary, become familiar with the equipment and with the airy environment. Pay attention to the passages without aided equipment. The passages are easy and always aided with change in the vertical sections.
The Aided path King of Saxony extends in the south-east area of the Jof Fuart subgroup. If inserted into longer itineraries it becomes very interesting. From the Corsi Hut you can reach the Ferrata Goitan and continue uphill to the Jof Fuart, as well as proceed towards the Centenary Aided path or the Chersi Path. From the Corsi Hut it is also possible to continue in the direction of the Jof di Montasio and take the Aided path Ceria Merlone, the Aided path Leva or the Ferrata Via Amalia. Continuing north towards the state border, you reach the Mangart with two interesting via ferratas: the Via Ferrata Vita and the Via Ferrata at Mangart. Continuing instead towards south we meet the Ferrata Julia al Canin.
Approach: 1:15 h
Ferrata: 1:30 h
Itinerary: 4:15 h
Via Ferrata gap: 80 m
Route difference: 449 m
Max altitude: 1446 m
Length: 8.3 Km