Cycling the Fedaia
The Fedaia is considered one of the hardest climbs in the Dolomites, as well as most unique. It features a box-canyon portion and summit lake. The overall views are not as good as some other climbs around here, but the canyon and lake are worth the visit.
Out of Arabba, you go about 10k to SS563, taking a hard right downhill. This descent is mostly car-free and very twisty.
SS653 is a quiet road but has a dark tunnel. Bring a rear light for safety.
Eventually, you come to a crossroad. Left for the Giau and right for the Fedaia. Today we go right first.
Enter the box-canyon portion, the Serrai di Sottoguda. This portion of the Passo Fedaia climb can be taken only on foot or bicycle. They charge you 2-euro for the experience. It’s the best 2-euro you will spend.
Once past the Serrai di Sottoguda section, the views gradually open up and you climb out of the trees.
This road has a couple sections of 15-percent.
The top of the Passo Fedaia, with the requisite stickered sign, and a mountain lake just beyond it.