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Grosio, Grosotto, Mazzo di Valtellina, Vervio
Val Grosina Occidentale, Val Piana, versante Retico della Valtellina

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R74 Malghera » Rifugio Schiazzera
  |   8h30   |   24 km   |   566 m   |   353 m

From the high pasture at Malghera a comfortable, gentle trail, about half way up the right hand slopes of eastern Val Grosina, leads past the pastures at Grasso di Pedruna, Guinzana and Piana and then a dirt track leads to Alpe Carette. An old military mule track provides views over Valtellina as the walker follows it to the lake at Schiazzera, an ideal place for a picnic.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1964 m
| CD  11 km / 2h30
Alpe Piana
1883 m
| CD  8 km / 2h50
Alpe Salina
2174 m
| D  3.5 km / 2h30
Lago di Schiazzera
2392 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h40
Rifugio Schiazzera
2080 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
The Via Alpina trail follows the same route as the Sentiero Italia trail.
Useful topographic maps
  • 676, 96, ~ Kompass (50000)
  • 211 ~ Multigraphic (25000)

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  • POPEYE GG - 2020-08-12
    Jeudi 20 juin 2019
    Depuis Fusino, on a rattrapé au lieu-dit Pier le chemin par une sente très raide et peu marquée (merci GPS!). Refuge Schiazzera très sympa, tenu par des bénévoles.
  • souris48 - 2019-08-19
    Dommage qu'il n'y ai aucune possibilité de refuge entre 2, un fois de plus, étape trop longue pour moi. Repliée sur le refuge Saoseo en passant par le Passo di Sacco. Jolie étape, un peu moins longue. A nous de faire nos variantes.
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    Too bad there is no possibility of refuge between 2, once again, too long step for me. Folded on the Saoseo refuge passing by Passo di Sacco. Nice step, a little shorter. It's up to us to make our variants.
  • Daniel - 2018-08-27
    This track is easy to follow, well sign-posted, and cleared of obstructions. Two steep climbs. Alpe Piano was closed and abandoned, and Alpe Salina is but an abandoned farm shed. None offer accommodation! At the end of the day you can save 2 hours walking time by going straight down to the hut (skipping the lake). Except for the toilets, this hut is OK!
  • Luca - 2017-08-13

    Étape parcourue le 9 août 2017: d'importants travaux d'entretien ont été effectués et la totalité de l'étape se fait dorénavant sans danger.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Monaco_3.6.17-Trieste_? Completed August 9, 2017: Significant maintenance has been completed and the entire stage is now safe.
  • Daniel - 2016-09-18
    Au vue des commentaire précédent ...nous avons choisis de rejoindre Prada par le col de Maghera
    Montée =600m.
    Descente = 1600m.
    Env. 5h30
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In view of the previous comment ... we chose to join Prada by the Maghera Montée pass = 600m. Descent = 1600m. Approx. 5:30
  • Mohan - 2016-08-30
    Hi, I wonder IF this stretch is still unmaintained and dangerous. i just want to walk for a few dags from Tirano and want to know if it is best to avoid this stage.
  • Walter Kunz - 2016-08-21
    Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren.
    Am 1.Aug. 2016 sind wir auf der Via Alpina R74 von Malgera nach Schiazzera gewandert.
    Dabei haben wir festgestellt, das der Abschnitt von der Alp Salina bis zum Punkt 2279 sehr schlecht unterhalten ist.
    Der Weg ist total mit Erlen und Föhren zugewachsen. Da das Gelände noch sehr abschüssig ist, kann es zu gefährlichen Situationen kommen. Anhand von anderen Kommentaren ist dieser Zustand seit Jahren so!!!
    Seit Jahren sind wir sehr gerne auf der roten Route, auf gut unterhaltenen Wegen, unterwegs. Wir bitten Sie diesen Abschnitt zu begutachten und die nötigen Vorkehrungen zu veranlassen.
    Mit freundlichen Grüssen

    Automatic translation [Google]
    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen. On 1.Aug. In 2016 we hiked on the Via Alpina R74 from Malgera to Schiazzera. We noticed that the section from Alp Salina to point 2279 is very poorly maintained. The road is totally overgrown with alders and pine trees. Since the terrain is still very steep, it can lead to dangerous situations. Based on other comments, this condition has been so for years !!! For years, we are very happy on the red route, on well maintained roads, on the way. We ask you to review this section and to arrange the necessary arrangements. Best regards W. Kunz
  • Pierre-Yves MORET - 2015-11-05
    Gros problème de sécurité depuis l’Alpe Salina, après 19 km de marche.
    Entre les km 19,5 et 21 le sentier (une ancienne route militaire d’une largeur de 1m.), traverse une pente inclinée à 40°. Il est presque totalement obstrué sur 1,5km par des buissons (vernes) qui n’ont pas été enlevés depuis 2-3 ans. Le tronçon est difficilement praticable et carrément dangereux car il faut traverser les vernes à l’aveugle ou passer en dessous sur une pente herbeuse. De plus les marques de peinture sont de moins en moins visibles. Il y a vraiment urgence à agir !!!
    Etape parcourue sous une pluie fine le 24 août 2015.

    PS : nous allons écrire dans le même sens à l’autorité communale de Vervio (province de Sondrio), propriétaire du secteur concerné et au CAI de la Haute Valtelline.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Big security problem for Alpe Salina, after 19 km walk. Between 19.5 and 21 km trail (an old military road with a width of 1m.), Crosses a slope inclined at 40 °. It is almost completely obstructed by bushes on 1.5km (vernes) which have not been removed from 2-3 years. The section is impractical and downright dangerous because you have to cross the vernes blind or pass underneath on a grassy slope. Moreover the paint marks are less visible. There is really urgent to act !!! Step traveled under a fine rain on August 24, 2015. PS: we will write in the same direction to the municipal authority Vervio (province of Sondrio), owner of the sector and of the High Valtellina CAI.
  • Igor - ViaAlpina Direct - 2015-09-30
    The state of the path to Alp Salima is critical. It looks like that wasn't maintained for years. The bushess grow on the path. Also the grass is covering the edge of the path... very dangerous becouse you can't tell where the edge is.
    The same thing on the path in etape 75... last part before the road... in direction Tirano Schiazzera.
  • Jean franck BASSO - 2015-09-01
    du refuge Schiazzera a Malghera il est possible d'éviter le detour par le lac1.5 h .un sentier pastoral monte directement du refuge au point sommital 2556 m ou l'on rejoint le sentier de la via alpina en cas de pluie récente la suite n'est pas agréable apres la descente ,le sentier en balcon (sans autre possibilité)vers Alp Salina est totalement envahi par de petits arbres (vernes) pendant environ 20mn revetir une tenue de scaphandrier
    (classement via alpina et sentiero Italia!!!!)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Schiazzera Malghera the refuge it is possible to avoid the detour by lac1.5 h .a pastoral path goes directly to the point of refuge summit 2556 m and is reached via the path of alpina in case of recent rain later is not pleasant after the descent, the balcony path (without alternative) to Alp Salina is completely overgrown with small trees (alders) for about 20 minutes required to assume a diver (filing via alpina and sentiero Italia !!!! )
  • Andrea - 2014-10-21
    Segnalo una precisazione sulla distanza dell'itinerario: dall'Alpe Salina al Lago Schiazzera sono 5,5km e non 3,5 come indicato.
    Comunque itinerario molto panoramico e assolutamente da consigliare!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Stumble Upon clarification on the distance of the route: from the Alps to Lake Salina Schiazzera are 5.5km and not 3.5 as indicated. However, very scenic route and absolutely recommendable!
  • porot - 2014-07-08
    Sentier a peine visible, et non balisée sur la partie haute de l'itinérair. Parcourus aujourdh'uis: 08/07/2014.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    TCT barely visible, not marked on the top of the ItinérAIR. Traveled aujourdh'uis: 07/08/2014.
  • Elisabeth - 2014-03-18
    Je confirme : il n'y a strictement rien à l'Alpe Salina. Après Grasso di Pedruna, le sentier a fait place à une vilaine piste en terre qu'on était en train d'ouvrir fin juillet 2013 ; beaucoup d'arbres coupés... Attention : le panneau de balisage au carrefour de Carette n'existe plus.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    I confirm: there is nothing to Alpe Salina. After Grasso di Pedruna the trail gave way to a nasty dirt road that was being opened in late July 2013; many trees cut ... Attention: Panel markup crossroads Carette no longer exists.
  • Christian Rime - 2011-09-06
    Restauration à l'Alpe Salina ? aléatoire, il était déjà fermé le samedi 27.08.11.
    Variante au terme de cette longue étape, depuis le col qui domine la cabane Schiazzera vous pouvez économiser 1h et demie en descendant directement vers l'alpage par un sentier très convenable. Mais vous ne verrez pas le beau lac.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Restoration Alpe Salina? random, it was already closed Saturday, 8/27/11. Variant at the end of this long stage, since the cervix which dominates the cabin Schiazzera you can save 1 hour and a half down directly to the pasture by a path very convenient. But you will not see the beautiful lake.
Last update : 2019-12-16