rifugio tuckett e dolomiti di brenta
rifugio tuckett e dolomiti di brenta

Hike to the Vallesinella Waterfalls and the Tuckett hut

The beautiful circular walk in the Brenta Dolomites near Madonna di Campiglio leads to the Upper Waterfalls of Vallesinella and to the Casinei, Tuckett and Quinto Sella mountain huts.

At Madonna di Campiglio we take the shuttle bus to reach the starting point of our hike: the Rif. Vallesinella mountain hut at 1,540 m a.s.l. Here we follow the path towards the Upper Waterfalls which we reach in approx. 20 minutes. There, where the clear water of the Sarca di Vallesinella stream runs out of the rock, we follow the path and the water course until the Malga Alta of Vallesinella. Path no. 317B leads us then further to the Casinei Mountain Hut at 1,850 m a.s.l., which is located at a little clearing amidst the forest and offers a gorgeous view on the Adamello Glacier and the Brenta Dolomites.

Now we take the path no. 317, within about 1 hour we have reached the timber line. We are at the feet of the impressive Castello di Vallesinella peak (2,782 m a.s.l.) in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. We have the last uphill section in front of us before we reach the Francis Fox Tuckett and the Quinto Sella Mountain Huts, both located at more than 2,200 m a.s.l. The view is breathtaking! The peaks of the Brenta Dolomites on the one side and the Val Rendena valley with the Cevedale and the Adamello and Presanella Glaciers on the other side.

For our way back into the valley we choose the path no. 328 which first proceeds through rocks and then across meadows. We pass the Casinei hut and descend to the Vallesinella hut, always following path no. 317. This hike offers gorgeous panoramic views but also the waterfalls and the alpine flora make this circular walk a particular experience. Sure-footedness is recommended, the hike features no other special difficulties.


Please note: rest points are the Rif. Vallesinella, Rif. Casinei, Rif. Tuckett and Rif. Sella. In high season the access to the parking space of the Vallesinella Mountain Hut (starting point) is limited, although a shuttle bus runs from Madonna di Campiglio.

Shuttle bus: A shuttle service is available from Madonna di Campiglio to reach the Vallesinella Hut (in summer): daily from June 18, 2022 to September 18, 2022.

Slow Mobility Day: the Valesinella road is only accessible on foot or by bicycle every Tuesday in July and August from 10am to 3pm.


Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate
  • Starting point:
    parking space of the Vallesinella Mountain Hut (accessible via road from Madonna di Campiglio)
  • Time required:
    04:30 h
  • Track length:
    10,6 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.522 m to 2.273 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +768 m | -768 m
  • Signposts:
    Cascate Alte di Vallesinella, 317B, 317, Rifugio Tuckett, 328, 318, 317, Rifugio Vallesinella
  • Destination:
    Rifugio Francis Fox Tuckett, Rifugio Quintino Sella
  • Resting points:
    Rifugio Casinei, Rifugio Francis Fox Tuckett, Rifugio Quintino Sella
  • Download GPX track:
    Hike to the Vallesinella Waterfalls and the Tuckett hut

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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