Linear route, total hiking time 3 hours, easy, height difference +400. Before any hiking trip, check the snow, weather and avalanche bulletin.
This easy route starts from Praciadelàn, just above the village of Calalzo di Cadore, and follows the CAI path no. 255 (which is accessible for off-road vehicles in summer). The route goes up the long scree slope of Val d'Oten, a long valley that separates the Marmarole mountain chain from the imposing Antelao massif, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The trail crosses the Diassa stream, which during the year changes from being dry to a gushing torrent of water, while in winter it is often frozen. At the bottom of the valley you will find the Capanna degli Alpini, a refuge that is open only in summer.
Although somewhat challenging, it is definitely worth visiting the Pile Waterfall, which can be reached in 15 minutes along a narrow ravine cut out by the water. At around 25 meters high, the waterfall spouts from a narrow gorge. During winter it is picturesque, and in spring it becomes spectacular, overflowing with the abundant waters of the thaw and in the summer season.
Val d'Oten: a large area, still wild and in certain places inaccessible, is a hot pick for hikers and lovers of nature who like spending time outdoors.