Take the small road next to the Walserschild restaurant as indicated in the “Start and Finish” section, where you will find a signpost. Trail 4 for the first few meters is in common with trail 3 to Gastaldi bivouac and trail 5 to Gabiet hut.
If you want to avoid the first 600 meters of elevation gain, you can take advantage of the Stafal-Gabiet gondola lift: arrive in Stafal and take the gondola up to the right to Lake Gabiet(here for information on schedule and fares).
At Lake Gabiet, go up the dirt road for a very short distance until you reach the Adler’s Nest hut (formerly Rifugio del Lys): follow the signs for Trail 6, since among the many trail markers at the hut, Trail 4 is not indicated since it does not “officially” pass through here.
The marker at Adler’s Nest
Continue uphill in the direction ofAlbergo del Ponte (official website): when you arrive at the hotel, turn behind the large stone on the right side, and take the path that climbs initially to the right.
From Adler’s nest, looking toward the Del Ponte Hotel.
You might get confused in this area because there are a few short trails that intersect each other, but it is very easy not to get lost: if you find a sign painted on rocks or a traditional marker at the fork, always follow the direction to trails 6 or 4. Otherwise, choose the direction leading north, that is, in the direction of the winter ski slope/gondola pylons.
Shortly after leaving Albergo Del Ponte, the trail climbs for a fair distance “to the right”: no need to worry because you will prerso meet a fork signposted 4/6, which makes you finally turn “to the left.”
The crossroads just after the Albergo Del Ponte
After passing through the middle of a group of giant boulders, a small pond will be found: at this point there is a trail marker that, for the first time since Gabiet, points to Trail 4. Trail 4 crosses the pond and goes up along the right bank: however, it is not a problem if you stay on the left bank of the pond, because higher up trails 4 and 6 join along the ski slope anyway.
The signs for Trail 4 near the pond.
In any case, don’t get too much trouble: just keep climbing northeast, parallel to the ski slope/gondola pylons, always staying at the right edge of the slope. It can be clearly seen from this image produced thanks to Google Earth.
The path after Albergo Del Ponte
We continue to climb on the poorly marked trail (since, given the wide dirt road available, everyone walks where they think is most comfortable). After passing a stone hovel, arriving at about 2750m, you will come to a small valley that rises to the right behind a huge boulder. There are inconspicuous red arrows on the ground, but since summer 2022 on the huge boulder (pictured below) there has been a very obvious yellow “4” stamp.
The entrance to the small valley leading to Zube Pass, note the red arrows on the ground
It is at this point that we leave the wide road and cut right, toward the small valley that will take us to Zube Pass. After passing the boulder, the trail climbs the short but steep valley step with slippery terrain, which is overcome with marked turns.
From the step leading to the Zube Pass, looking down into the valley.
Above the step the slope softens, and we continue up the narrow gully within which, suddenly, we seem to plunge into another planet, so jarring is the sudden loneliness in comparison with the busy piston defaced by the pylons of the gondola we have just left.
Climbing along the little valley of Zube
It contours a small stream in the first section: passing a series of small plateaus and, often in summer, a small snowfield, one arrives without much difficulty at Zube Pass (2871m).
The elaborate little man at the Zube Pass
Continuation to the Red Horn/Rothòre
From Zube Pass, the Red Horn is one of the rocky cliffs seen to the left. The trail is quite evanescent at first, you have to look for marked tracks on the ground, cairns and colored markers: it is, however, “all to the right,” sticking fairly close to the mountain ridge. The following picture of the trail, taken from Google Earth, helps you realize the direction you need to keep: