Rifugio Stavel «F. Denza» alpine hut

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Alpine hut located at the foot of the majestic north face of the Cima Presanella. A magnificent route with spectacular scenery and historical interest dating back to the First World War.
Breath-taking landscape of the north side of the mountain mass comprising Cima Presanella and Cima Vermiglio. A destination both for experts looking for a new challenge or for tourists eager to capture the beauty of the alpine lakes and the awe-inspiring and amazing scenery.

Route info

7.3 km
Activity time
4:00 h.
Uphill Elevation
755 m
Downhill elevation
755 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
2296 m
Lowest point
1856 m
Height difference
440 m


APT Valli di Sole, Peio e Rabbi


Only 5 minutes distance from the alpine hut you reach the gorge and the small but very characteristic Lago Denza (2.314m). From Rifugio Denza it is possible to reach Cima Presanella (3.558m) following the rock face and surpassing the striking Sella Freshfield.

Safety information

The trail is well marked and signposted with the Red and White SAT signs, with the number of the path written in black.

  • Choose a route which is suitable and in line with your preparation.
  • Leave information of your itinerary and approximate return time.
  • Pay attention to the signs and indications found on the way.
  • Do not hesitate to return if necessary.
  • In case of accident or emergency, call 118.

All the information given in this profile is subject to change or alteration and therefore not always absolutely valid. It is not possible to completely avoid inaccuracies due to the very rapid changes in weather or environmental conditions, which can verify themselves without warning. For this reason, we accept No responsibility for eventual changes, which may affect the person involved. We strongly advise that weather and/or environmental conditions be checked before departure.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Starting point

Pozzi Alti car park


E - Escursionistico (Hiker)

Departure point is the car park at Pozzi Alti (1.884m), reachable by way of an old military dirt road from Stavel in the village of Vermiglio. The 6.2km road is accessible to everybody and there is no need for a permit. If you wish to go on foot, take the SAT 233 which goes to the ex Austrian-Hungarian military fort (at one time used to defend Tonale) Forte Pozzi Alti (1h 30min). From the car park take the SAT 233 towards the dug-out tunnel in the rocks and some channels until crossing the SAT 206 which goes straight up to Stavel. Continue in the direction of Rifugio Stavel F. Denza (2.298m) which can be found directly below the north wall of the Cima Presanella (3.558m), the highest mountain in Trentino. The rifugio is of great historical interest concerning the First World War, and in particular the small wooden church.

Public transportation

By train to Trento (Verona-Brennero line) and from here, take the Trento-Malè-Mezzana (Val di Sole) local train to any station where buses are available, for the latest timetable go to

How to get there

Take the A22 motorway and exit at Trento Nord (if you are coming from the south) or S. Michele all’Adige (if you coming from the north). Proceed in direction Cles, Val di Non, Val di Sole, to Vermiglio.

Proceed along the SS42 (direction Passo Tonale), and follow the signs to Vermiglio.

From Vermiglio follow the signs to Velon. Immediately after Hotel Baita Velon take the dirt road which goes up to Fort Pozzi Alti.

Where to park

Car park Pozzi Alti (6km from Vermiglio)
Recommended equipment:  Waterproof clothes, light but warm (the first layer of clothing in contact with the skin, should be made of polypropylene, a second layer should be of wool or felt (for insulation) and the third layer, waterproof windcheater raincoat in nylon or Gore-Tex and long trousers, heavy walking shoes, (avoid trainers) gloves, hat, a change of clothes, rucksack.
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