A selection of wonderful family friendly hikes in the Dolomites perfect for an active summer in the mountains with kids!
There are so many beautiful family hikes in the Dolomites that writing a comprehensive list of all of them is an impossible task.
I know, because I tried!
I have been vacationing on the Dolomites all my life and I have gone on uncountable hikes, both when I was a child myself and now with my kids.
There are many more hikes for me to take and even more buggy friendly walks that are not hikes as such but allow families to see beautiful mountain scenery with little ones.
So in the end, I opted for a selection, carefully curated to present to you the family hikes I consider the very best!
These are the best family hikes in the Dolomites we did, those that really stood out for us and we never tire or doing.
Good to know! If heading to the Dolomites with family, you may also enjoy:
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- Tips for visiting the Dolomites with kids
- Tips for first time family hikers
- Day hike packing list for kids and parents
How to use this list: need to know!
These are all hikes and require hiking footwear for kids as well as adults and willingness to walk.
I have first hand experience of taking them with kids however, as you will see from the duration of some of them, they are not leisurely strolls.
Many of these are full on mountain trails so I recommend to only tackle the longer ones once you are happy your kids are ok on the trail and have the right equipment.
If you prefer shorter walks, the area also has buggy friendly and toddler friendly walks such as the walk around Lake Misurina, Lake Dobbiaco and some paths around Lake Braies as well as many easy walk to local restaurants that follow paved roads.
10 Fabulous family friendly hikes in the Dolomites
Fondovalle Val Fiscalina
This is a very short, easy flat hike along the valley floor of Val Fiscalina.
You start from the parking space outside the Dolomitenhof hotel and follow a large path towards the bottom of the mountains at the end of the valley, along beautiful trees.
The path is popular and accessible but it is also the starting stretch to several hikes in the area so even if you don’t go up yourself, you will easily hear amazing stories from higher up, from those who are at the end of their hike!
- Startin Point: Val Fiscalina Car Park
- Duration: 30 mins
- Difficulty: easy
- Buggy friendly: yes
- Views of Val Fiscalina and Meridiana di Sesto (Sexten Sundial)
Rif. Comici from Val Fiscalina
If you have older kids with hiking experience, you can walk this beautiful trail climbing up from Val Fiscalina to Rif Comici Mountain Hut.
This is a steep hike with 800mt elevation gain and takes a good 2h to get to the top.
The trail doesn’t pose special difficulties but it is pretty intense as almost entirely uphill so it is only advisable if you have a reasonable level of fitness.
Option for fit families and families with teens! From the Rif Comici you have also the option of going to the next Mountain hut, Rif Carducci. This is a lovely extra stretch for the legs and will bring you to the other side of the Cima Dodici, in an area truly remote and beautiful. Since this is in addition to the hiking below, it is only advisable with older kids with hiking experience and teenagers.
- Starting Point: Val Fiscalina Car park
- Duration: 2h, linear path
- Difficulty: hard (800 mt elevation gain, the path is steep most of the way)
- Stroller friendly: no
Rif. Larici on Mt Elmo
The walk to Rif Larici is lovely and kid friendly. The best way to get here is to drive to the hotel Panorama and walk from there.
The path is large and easy, buggy friendly (bring an all terrain stroller for this area) and the hut on arrival lovely, with nice slopey loawns for the kids
Longer option! If you want an extra stretch of legs you can keep going up to the Rif Gallo Cedrone at the very top of Mount Elmo.
Top tip for families! You can also do this walk downhill! Take the cable car to the top of Monte Elmo, have a snack at Gallo Cedrone and walk down via the Larici hut. It is a long walk but easy ans the views are great!
- Starting Point: Hotel Panorama, Monte di Mezzo (Sesto Pusteria)
- Duration: 1.5 hours
- Difficulty: easy
- Views over Sesto and the Sundial, forest views
Rif Gallo Cedrone
Rif Gallo Cedrone is at the top of Mount Elmo in Sesto Pusteria and it is a great place to hike to with kids as is just a short walk away from the Sexten Cable car arrival station!
The walk here from the cable car is minimal but the views are stunning and it is a perfect choice for families who want to see beautiful mountain scenery but cannot commit to a long hikes.
For those who do, however, there is the option of hiking to the next hut, Rifugio Sillianer.
Rif Sillianer is at the very top of Monte Elmo and you can reach with it a long but easy hike at the top of the mountain.
I recommend you get the cable car to Gallo Cedrone and hike from there: make sure you show to the kids the stone marking the border with Austria – you can take the classic photo of them with one foot in Italy and one in Austria!
- Starting Point: Rif Gallo Cedrone, easily reached with the cable from Sesto.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Difficulty: easy / moderate just due to its duration
- Views on Sesto, Moso, Croda Rossa and Sexten Sundial
Alpe di Nemes
The walk to Alpe di Nemes takes a couple of hours each way so it is suitable for kids with hiking experience but it is easy and beautiful.
The first part is in the forest and the second part on boardwalks which is nice and keeps the path varied.
On arrival, the kids are rewarded by the many animals who live here and lovely homemade food!
This is a wonderful walk for a nature scavenger hunt as it passes though the woods and then along boardwalks on wetlands, so you see quite a varied wildlife and bugs.
- Duration: 2h linear path
- Stroller friendly: no
- Difficulty: technically easy/moderate effort due to length and some elevation gain
Good to know: If you have older kids or teens, you may want to stretch to Malga Klambach, farther up on the mountain. The hike is steep at times and they will be tired from the stretch before however, the views are worth it! Suotable for older kids and teenagers especially.
Campo di Dentro – Family walk to Rif Tre Scarperi
This is a very easy and beautiful walk that brings you to Rif Tre Scarperi in Val di Dentro.
The walk is busy and perfect even for young kids as it follows a large and well kept path and doesn’t take long to complete. This makes is also very popular so if you are looking for a hike with a destination where to find other kids and make friends, this is a good one!
Once you arrive you have a lovely moutnain hut with stunning lawns and many friendly cows!
- Staring point: parking lot in ‘Campo di Dentro’, outside San Candido
- Difficulty: easy + shuttle service available
- Duration: depending on exact parking lot, as short as 20 mins
Rif Locatelli from Rif. Auronzo
Rif Locatelli is the mountain hut from where you snap the iconic photo of the three Peaks of Lavaredo and it is surprisingly easy to reach with kids.
The easiest and most child friendly way is to drive to Rif. Auronzo from Misurina, and walk from there.
The hike takes a couple of hours.
The first part is along the Three Peaks and offers stunning views of them and the Auronzo Valley below: this first part quickly gets to the Rif Lavaredo, which is a lovely destination itself for younger kids and offers hot food.
From here, you have a steep stretch to the Lavaredo Saddle (short and not difficult but quite a climb!) and then the path continues more or less at the same altitude until the hut.
Overall the hike takes a couple of hours to get to the hut (linear route) and due to the duration, it is suitable for older kids with some hiking experience.
- Starting point: Parking of Rif. Auronzo, at the end on the scenic road from Misurina
- Buggy friendly: no, only the very first part
- Difficulty: moderate
Locatelli- Pian di Cengia- Comici Trail (this is a hard hike, but stunning, good for teenagers)
Older kids and teenagers may love the hike that goes on from Rif. Locatelli and goes down to Val Fiscalina via Rif. Pian di Cengia and Rif. Comici.
This is a very long hike only really doable with older kids who are used to exercise (I would say 10 and up at least) but it is stunning and the type of hike they will talk about for ever!
The easiest way to tackle this hike is to drive to the Rif. Auronzo and then go to Rif Locatelli (2h), Pian di Cengia (1.5hours), Comici (1h) and down (2h).
We usually tackle this hike in two groups: younger kids and some of the adults reach Locatelli Hut only then drive to the collection point while the more adventurous go on the hike.
- Starting point: Parking lot pf Rif Auronzo.
- Duration: 6h+
- Difficulty: hard
Rif. Fonda Savio Mountain hut
Rif Fonda Savio is a wonderful mountain hut surrounded by the stunning Monti Cadini (Cadini peaks), which is a wonderful, wild, rocky landscape.
The hike takes a couple of hours esch way and has some steep parts however, it poses no major difficulties and the view are out of this world beautiful. Suitable for older kids with some hiking experience and teenagers.
- Starting point: parking space along the road to the Auronzo Hut at the Three Peaks.
- Buggy friendly: no
- Type of terrain: mountain trail, constant slope up
- Time needed: about 2 h each way, linear path
Croda Rossa chairlift or from Val Fiscalina
The Croda Rossa is one of the most popular destination for family hikes in the area as you cam reach a wonderful mountain hut either by charlift from Moso or with a beautiful yet steep hike from Val Fiscalina.
If you decide to hike, you can expect to walk up in a couple of hours among the woods, until the moment when you pass the tree line and lawns, peaks and a welcoming Rifugio opens up in front of you!
- Starting point: Croda Rossa Chairlift Moso or Val Fiscalina Parking area
- Duration: 2h linear path from Val Fiscalina
- Difficulty: moderate/hard (the path is climbs most of the way)
I hope you enjoyed this overview of our favorite family friendly hikes in the Dolomites and will help you plan your trip. Safe travel planning!