Cascate del Pisciadu

Colfosco (Calfosch / Kolfuschg) / Val Badia / Corvara, Bolzano - Alto Adige (Bozen - Sudtirol) Province, Italy

About Cascate del Pisciadu


Hiking Distance: 5.4km round trip (from Colfosco Adventure Park; can be much shorter from Luianta)
Suggested Time: 2 hours (from Colfosco Adventure Park; can be as short as 45-60 minutes from Luianta)

Date first visited: 2018-07-16
Date last visited: 2018-07-16

Waterfall Latitude: 46.54252
Waterfall Longitude: 11.83128

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The Cascate del Pisciadu (or Cascate del Pisciadù; Pisciadu Waterfalls) was one of the waterfalls we targeted in our return trip to the Dolomites area of Northern Italy in the Summer of 2018.

It was a tall, multi-tiered waterfall without much literature concerning its height (I’ve seen 80m thrown around).

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_139_07162018 - Cascate del Pisciadù
Cascate del Pisciadù

On its own, the waterfall was thin and light-flowing so it probably wouldn’t be much to go out of the way for.

However, what was notable about this waterfall was its location.

It sat smack in the heart of the Dolomites where this waterfall was actually in the grooves of one of the region’s signature massifs.

It also helped that the waterfall was close to Colfosco (Calfosch), which also happened to be one of the highest towns in the Alta Badia Region of the Italian Dolomites.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_001_07162018 - Cascate del Pisciadù tumbling nearly unnoticed beneath the dramatic massif of the Italian Dolomites
Cascate del Pisciadù tumbling nearly unnoticed beneath the dramatic massif of the Italian Dolomites

So we had the perfect waterfalling excuse to explore this part of Northern Italy that we would have otherwise overlooked.

Experiencing the Cascate del Pisciadù

When we made our visit, we were able to see the Cascate del Pisciadu from the twisty road going through Colfosco.

That compelled us to find a trailhead and seek out a closer look at the falls.

While there were several ways to visit the waterfall, the nearest trailhead was at a car park for a restaurant by a hairpin turn.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_024_07162018 - Looking towards the Cascate del Pisciadù from the Ristorante Bar Mesoles
Looking towards the Cascate del Pisciadù from the Ristorante Bar Mesoles

I believe the restaurant was called Ristorante Bar Mesoles (see directions below).

I actually did the hike a little further away at the Colfosco Adventure Park so our daughter could play in the obstacle courses there.

Meanwhile, I partook in the hike to get close to the Cascate del Pisciadu for a more immersive and intimate experience amongst the Dolomites.

Doing the hike this way (along Trail 28) meant that I wound up spending nearly two hours on the trail.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_105_07162018 - The big payoff about the hike to get close to the Cascate del Pisciadù was getting to hike amongst the dramatic Italian Dolomites
The big payoff about the hike to get close to the Cascate del Pisciadù was getting to hike amongst the dramatic Italian Dolomites

This was at least two or three times as long as starting the trail from the trailheads closer to the main part of town (namely from Luianta via Trail 650).

Cascate del Pisciadù Trail Description – hiking to the trail junctions near the waterfall’s base

From the Colfosco Adventure Park, I followed the signs saying “tru dles cascades”.

This led me for about five minutes towards a separate trail that descended towards a bridge crossing the Sodlisia Stream.

On the other side of the bridge, I went right and followed the signs, which at this point suggested that the falls was another 50 minutes away.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_043_07162018 - Looking across the valley at some of the Italian Dolomites from around the Colfosco Adventure Park as I was making my way to the hike to the Cascate del Pisciadù
Looking across the valley at some of the Italian Dolomites from around the Colfosco Adventure Park as I was making my way to the hike to the Cascate del Pisciadù

The footpath was wide and gently undulated though it was generally uphill.

Along the way, there were rest benches as well as gorgeous views across the valley towards the Dolomite massifs backing Colfosco and the neighboring towns.

I even noticed some surprise seasonal cascades tumbling off of the nearby massifs towering over the trail.

Eventually, I made it to a grassy clearing that was popular with people chillaxing and having picnics.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_073_07162018 - Looking ahead at the context of the trail leading closer to the Cascate del Pisciadù tumbling amongst the Italian Dolomites while I continued to hike closer to its base
Looking ahead at the context of the trail leading closer to the Cascate del Pisciadù tumbling amongst the Italian Dolomites while I continued to hike closer to its base

There was also a squat toilet outhouse as well as some trail junctions.

It was here that the shorter path from Colfosco would join up with the last remaining climb up to the Cascate del Pisciadu, which was clearly visible at this point.

Cascate del Pisciadù Trail Description – hiking closer to the waterfalls

There was a spur trail climbing up another five minutes towards the base of one of the drops of the Cascate del Pisciadu.

While the trail was closed during my visit (probably due to the threat of a rockfall), it didn’t stop numerous people from going up anyways.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_168_07162018 - Making it up to the end of the trail at the base of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Making it up to the end of the trail at the base of the Cascate del Pisciadu

Once at the base of the falls, I was only able to see a couple of its mostly twisting and hidden tiers.

So that made the viewing experience of this series of waterfalls a little underwhelming.

It seemed like I was able to better see more of the waterfall the further away I was from it.

However, another payoff for this extra effort was that I was able to look across the valley for a commanding view of the Dolomite Massifs all around the valley.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_173_07162018 - Looking back towards Colfosco and the Dolomite Mountains from the base of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Looking back towards Colfosco and the Dolomite Mountains from the base of the Cascate del Pisciadu

In addition, I also managed to get a little spray from the Cascate del Pisciadu itself.

After having my fill, I returned the way I came, which was primarily downhill most of the way.

Authorities

The Cascate del Pisciadu (or Cascate del Pisciadù; Pisciadu Waterfalls) reside near the town of Colfosco (Colfosch) in the Bolzano-Alto-Adige Province of Italy. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit the Alta-Badia Tourism Board website.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_004_07162018 - Looking towards the Dolomites from a pullout near the big Colfosco sign
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_008_07162018 - Focused look at the Cascate del Pisciadu from a pullout on the western outskirts of Colfosco by the big sign for Colfosco
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_011_07162018 - Even more focused look at the Cascate del Pisciadu from the pullout by the big sign for Colfosco
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_018_07162018 - Looking back at some idyllic pastures from the pullout where we got our views of the Cascate del Pisciadu framed with the Dolomites from the big Colfosco sign at the town's western outskirts
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_029_07162018 - This was the view of the Cascate del Pisciadu with some cable cars from the Hotel Bar and Restaurant Mesoles
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_032_07162018 - While I was out hiking to the Cascate del Pisciadu, Tahia got to run around in the obstacle courses of the Colfosco Adventure Park
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_050_07162018 - Looking back towards the town of Colfosco as I was making my way towards the Cascate del Pisciadu Trail
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_052_07162018 - This was the view of some side waterfall that looked a lot like the Cascate del Pisciadu from the hiking trail leading towards it from the path linking Corvara with the falls (as well as the Colfosco Adventure Park, where I made my start)
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_057_07162018 - Context of the hiking trail to Cascate del Pisciadu with some of the Dolomite Massifs looming in the background
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_059_07162018 - Looking back across the valley towards the Dolomites looming over parts of the town of Colfosco while I was hiking towards the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_063_07162018 - Signage letting me know what I was in for as I sought to hike towards the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_066_07162018 - Even with the geographical isolation of Val Badia, where Ladin was still spoken by some locals, there were still Austrian colors painted along the trail to Cascate del Pisciadu despite being in Northern Italy
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_069_07162018 - Continuing to hike along the trail leading closer to the Cascate del Pisciadu with the hint of the waterfall in the distance
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_077_07162018 - Focused on the angled view of some side cascade that looked a lot like the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_083_07162018 - Looking back across the valley towards Colfosco backed by some more massifs of the Dolomites from the Cascate del Pisciadu hike
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_089_07162018 - Another look at some side waterfall en route to the Cascade del Pisciadu as I continued to hike closer to its base
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_095_07162018 - Looking up at an angled look of some intermediate waterfall on the way to the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_100_07162018 - More context of the hiking trail to the Cascate del Pisciadu with the context of the Dolomite mountains looming above
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_109_07162018 - Contextual look up towards the Cascate del Pisciadu after passing by a trail junction that was a false trail that didn't go to the targeted waterfall
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_112_07162018 - All zoomed in on the bottom of the side cascade that I had mistaken for the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_115_07162018 - Looking back across the Val Badia from the waterfall trail towards imposing Dolomite mountains
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_116_07162018 - Continuing to look up at the context of the Cascate del Pisciadu surrounded by imposing Dolomite peaks
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_125_07162018 - Getting closer to the base of the Cascate del Pisciadu as the Dolomites loomed even larger
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_135_07162018 - This was the trail junction where lots of trails from all around the Colfosco area converged here at the base of the final spur trail leading up close to the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_144_07162018 - Contextual view of the Cascate del Pisciadu as seen from the picnic area before going on the trail to get closer to its base
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_147_07162018 - Looking across the picnic area beneath the Cascate del Pisciadu towards the Dolomites across Val Badia
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_149_07162018 - Ascending the trail leading up to the base of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_152_07162018 - Contextual view of the Cascate del Pisciadu and a footbridge spanning its stream
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_154_07162018 - The footbridge leading to the base of one of the drops of the Cascate del Pisciadu was closed, but that didn't stop a lot of people from finding another way to cross the stream
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_158_07162018 - Looking upstream at some intermediate cascades downstream of the Cascate del Pisciadu as seen from the closed footbridge
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_161_07162018 - Rising higher above the trees in pursuit of the Cascate del Pisciadu which yielded this view across the Val Badia
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_164_07162018 - Context of a boulder perched precariously above the Cascate del Pisciadu with a hiker further upslope of me also pursuing a way to get closer to that waterfall
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_166_07162018 - The higher I went up on the short spur to the Cascate del Pisciadu, the better the views across the Val Badia Valley became
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_170_07162018 - Another look across the Val Badia towards Colfosco from the foot of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_172_07162018 - Finally making it up to the end of the trail at this section of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_182_07162018 - Looking further towards the north and west of Val Badia from the foot of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_187_07162018 - Looking back up at the Cascate del Pisciadu from the closed footbridge as I was headed back down to the main trail
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_193_07162018 - Making my way back down to the attractive picnic area in front of the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_194_07162018 - Context of the squat toilet outhouse fronting the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_198_07162018 - Focused look at the Cascate del Pisciadu from the picnic area
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_205_07162018 - A different look at the trail junctions by the picnic area with the Dolomite Massif and part of the Cascate del Pisciadu towering over them
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_214_07162018 - Looking up at part of the twisting Cascate del Pisciadu as I was starting to leave the picnic area and hike back towards the Colfosco Adventure Park
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_218_07162018 - Back on the trail leading me from the Cascate del Pisciadu to the Colfosco Adventure Park
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_230_07162018 - Beautiful views towards the towns of Colfosco and Corvara as I was making my way back to the trailhead at the Colfosco Adventure Park
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_236_07162018 - Going back across the bridge en route to the Colfosco Adventure Park and concluding my hike to the Cascate del Pisciadu
Cascate_di_Pisciadu_240_07162018 - Almost all the way back at the Colfosco Adventure Park, but not before enjoying this glorious scenery as I was near the conclusion of my hike to Cascate del Pisciadu

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The Cascate del Pisciadu was near the town of Colfosco.

Since we were based in Selva di Val Gardena, I’ll describe the driving directions from there.

Dolomites_016_jx_07162018 - The narrow and winding roads of the Dolomites between Val Gardena and Colfosco
The narrow and winding roads of the Dolomites between Val Gardena and Colfosco

For driving directions from more farflung locations, I’d use an app like Google Maps using Colfosco or Corvara as one of the destinations.

However, I do have to warn you that the roads in the Dolomites are very narrow and twisty.

So unless you’re a confident driver who knows these roads well, the driving is going to be slow.

Driving from Val Gardena to a view of the Cascate del Pisciadu and the Dolomites

Starting from the center of the busy town of Val Gardena, we would drive southeast on the SS242 for about 5km before turning left onto the SS243.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_003_07162018 - Looking towards the Dolomites and the Cascate del Pisciadù from a roadside pullout between the big Colfosco sign and the Hotel Luianta
Looking towards the Dolomites and the Cascate del Pisciadù from a roadside pullout between the big Colfosco sign and the Hotel Luianta

Then, we’d follow the SS243 into the town of Colfosco.

Shortly after the big “Calfosch” sign, there was a pullout on the right (about 11km from the SS242/SS243 junction).

This was where we stopped the car and got a nice view towards Cascate del Pisciadu backed by the Dolomite Massif.

Driving to the Ristorante Mesoles and the Colfosco Adventure Park

Continuing the drive for another 600m, we arrived at the Ristorante Mesoles, where there was a wide car park.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_021_07162018 - This was the car park for the Hotel Bar and Ristorante Mesoles, which was probably the closest trailhead to reach the Cascate del Pisciadu
This was the car park for the Hotel Bar and Ristorante Mesoles, which was probably the closest trailhead to reach the Cascate del Pisciadu

There was a road-turned-hiking-trail (Strada Rönn), which led down to the picnic area before the Cascate del Pisciadu.

I’d imagine this was the closest car park, but I’m not sure if public parking was allowed here.

So continuing the drive further east, we’d enter the small town of Colfosco.

It would be worth trying to score a parking spot (Hotel Luianta was one such place) where a 20 minute walk would also lead to the picnic area before the Cascate del Pisciadu.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_037_07162018 - This was the car park for the Colfosco Adventure Park, which was very spacious, but it also might have doubled or tripled the overall hiking distance to reach the Cascate del Pisciadu
This was the car park for the Colfosco Adventure Park, which was very spacious, but it also might have doubled or tripled the overall hiking distance to reach the Cascate del Pisciadu

Ultimately, we wound up driving even further than that as we continued another 2km from the hairpin turn at the Ristorante Mesoles towards the spacious car park at the Colfosco Adventure Park.

This car park was a pay and display lot taking coins only.

Overall, this drive took us about a pretty solid hour even though distance-wise, it was only about 18km to get from the Val Gardena center to the Colfosco Adventure Park.

That kind of tells you how narrow and winding the roads are here.

Cascate_di_Pisciadu_035_07162018 - Looking towards the car park in front of the Colfosco Adventure Park, which was backed by attractive Dolomite mountains
Looking towards the car park in front of the Colfosco Adventure Park, which was backed by attractive Dolomite mountains

For context, Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein) was about 20km (about an hour drive) west of Corvara in Badia, about 22km (over an hour drive) north of Canazei, 43km (over an hour drive) east of Bolzano (Bozen), and 72km (over 90 minutes drive) southwest from Brunico (Bruneck), Italy.

Sweep examining the Dolomite massifs near Colfosco before zooming in and panning along the path of Cascate del Pisciadu


360 degree sweep of the scenery at the picnic area before the final spur trail to the Cascate del Pisciadu


Sweep of the waterfall and scenery downstream from the closed off bridge


360 degree sweep from the base of Cascate del Pisciadu

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