Trail Running Trip Activity Levels

Most trails are between 1,500 and 2,700 meters / 5,000 and 9,000 feet of elevation.  Easier trail running trips will stay at lower elevations or use chairlifts to reach higher elevations, but then see little or no elevation change. More difficult trips will increasingly see longer distances, with steeper ascents and descents included in the itinerary.

Simply by the nature of the activity, trail running trips are more challenging than hiking trips. On our trail running trips, you’ll also cover longer distances each day than our hiking trips at the same level, and often experience more significant elevation changes. Some choose to run, some choose to “fastpack” or speed hike, and some do a combination of the two, depending on the terrain. 

 

EASY
Our easy trips are perfect for people who want to see the Dolomites at a relaxed pace, are more interested in the flora and fauna and the cultural and historical aspects of the region, and for families with small children.  Runs range from 1 to 3 hours and average 5-10 kilometers / 3-6 miles per day. Terrain is usually relatively flat with little elevation gain (up to 300 meters / 1,000 feet), on well-maintained dirt trails, dirt roads, and paved paths. The pace is leisurely, with stops along the way at historic sites and villages. On most days, running activities are optional, and there are options for transfers via private or public transportation.

EXAMPLE: While we do not currently offer any easy trail running itineraries, we’re more than happy to create one for you! Take a look at our easy hiking itineraries, consider the distances and elevation changes, and let us know what level of challenge you’re up for!

 

EASY TO MODERATE
Our easy to moderate trips are great for people who want to see the Dolomites at a relatively relaxed pace, yet still want to feel like they got some exercise, and for families with children.  Hikes range from 2 to 4 hours and average 10-15 kilometers / 6-10 miles per day, with additional running options on some days. Ascents and descents are modest, with a maximum elevation gain (or loss) of 300-600 meters / 1,000-2,000 feet per day. Terrain is gentle to rolling, and can include unpaved dirt roads, single-track trails with some loose stones, gravel, or roots. The pace is leisurely, with stops along the way at historic sites and villages. On most days, running activities are optional, and there are options for transfers via private or public transportation.

EXAMPLE: While we do not currently offer any easy to moderate trail running itineraries, we’re more than happy to create one for you! Take a look at our easy and easy to moderate hiking itineraries, consider the distances and elevation changes, and let us know what level of challenge you’re up for!

 

MODERATE
Moderate trips are active, with full days of trail running and other activities. These trips are perfect for people who want to be active, yet still have some time to explore the cultural and relaxation opportunities of the Dolomites in the afternoon.  Runs range from 4 to 6 hours, often lasting all day, with a stop for lunch, and average 15-20 kilometers / 10-12 miles per day.  There are also additional running options on some days.  Ascents and descents can be up to 600-900 meters / 2,000-3,000 feet.  Terrain includes on a variety of surfaces, including single-track trails, uneven gravely surfaces, and sometimes steep.  Often, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints are included.  You want to make sure you earn all that excellent cuisine you’re enjoying, now don’t you!?

These trips may include one (or more) nights at a rifugio (mountain inn), where you will need to carry a small backpack with your personal belongings for the night (meals and bedding are provided). On some days hiking activities are optional, and depending on logistics, there may be options for transfers via private or public transportation.

EXAMPLE: While we do not currently offer any moderate trail running itineraries, we’re more than happy to create one for you! Take a look at our easy to moderate and moderate hiking itineraries, consider the distances and elevation changes, and let us know what level of challenge you’re up for!

 

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING
Our moderate to challenging trips are demanding, with a whole lot of fun along the way. There will be no question in your mind whether you accomplished something at the end of each day!  Runs range from 4 to 8 hours, usually lasting all day with a stop for lunch, and average 20-25 kilometers / 12-15 miles per day.  Ascents and descents can be up to 900-1,200 meters / 3,000-4,000 feet.  Terrain can be on a variety of surfaces, including rugged single-track trails, uneven gravely surfaces, and scree slopes, and are often steep. Having good balance and being sure footed on trails is important.  While the pace is not leisurely, it is always comfortable, and there are ample stops for water and snacks to keep you going.

These trips may include single or multiple nights at a rifugio (mountain inn), where you will need to carry a small backpack with your personal belongings (meals and bedding are provided). Most days, running activities are not optional, and most days do not have vehicle support available.

EXAMPLE: Example coming soon!

  

CHALLENGING
Our challenging trips are exactly that – challenging!  These trips are designed for guests in excellent physical condition, who have a strong spirit of adventure.  Challenging trail runs range from 6 to 8 hours, lasting all day with a stop for lunch, and can be 25-30 kilometers / 15-18 miles, or more, per day.  Ascents and descents can be 1,200-1,800 meters / 4,000-6,000 feet, or more. Terrain can be on a variety of surfaces, including rugged single-track trails, uneven gravely surfaces, and scree slopes, and are often steep, with steep drop-offs below.  While trails are well waymarked in the Dolomites, the actual trails may not be well defined, and some cross-country style running may be included. Having good balance and being sure footed on trails is essential.  While the pace is not leisurely, it is always comfortable, and there are stops for water and snacks to keep you going.

Challenging trips may include multiple nights at a rifugio (mountain inn), where you will need to carry a small backpack with your personal belongings (meals and bedding are provided). Most days, running activities are not optional, and most days do not have vehicle support available.

EXAMPLES: Trail Running the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites & Trail Running the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites – Quick Getaway, Trail Running the Dolomites Alta Via 2.