After driving over Sella Pass, we came to Pordoi Pass. This pass is almost as pretty but the best part about it is you can take a cable car up to the top of the mountain and do a little hiking (for those more actively inclined, you can hike up instead).
Because we usually prefer to hike up mountains only when there’s no other option available, we opted to ride up Sass Pordoi (and we were also short on time). Here’s the entrance.
Whether you ride or hike, the views are unbelievable. See why I love the Dolomites so much?
And here’s the view out of the other side of the cable car.
Here’s what it looks like once you get to the top. I’d never really seen a mountain top that looks like this before. Really flat & wide in places.
In some areas, like the one above, they put up fences. But the farther away you get from the cable car station, the more you need to rely on good sense to make sure you don’t step off the cliff as you admire the view.
Such interesting rock formations.
That hairpin road you see below is part of Pordoi Pass.
It’s like a giant field of rocks.
This shot reminds me a bit of a moonscape.
We hiked down into this area a little bit but didn’t have time to go all the way to the top of that far peak. :(
There are a few different huts along the way. This one had some refreshments available.
After our short-lived hike, we headed back down the mountain and hopped back in the car to continue driving along Pordoi Pass. Here’s a photo from the road heading east.
It starts to get really rocky again.
They cut this road right into the side of the mountain. Look how sheer that rock face is!
I’d definitely suggest you go check out Sass Pordoi. You don’t even have to go to hike, though it’s certainly a great option if that’s your thing. There are a ton of trails up to the top & all around and I really wish we could’ve done more hiking. But even just going up for the view is worth your while.
So basically we did a huge driving loop that encompassed Pordoi Pass, Sella Pass & Gardena Pass (we also tacked on a side trip to Cortina d’Ampezzo).
Here’s where everything’s located in case you want to go check it our yourself. Click to view this detailed Google map of our driving route around the Dolomite Mountains.
Wishing you safe & happy travels! :)