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GARESSIO
VALLE TANARO

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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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R153 Garessio » Caprauna
  |   5h25   |   18.6 km   |   1395 m   |   961 m

From the village of Garessio the trail cuts across the slopes to the San Bernardo pass. From the pass a trail leads to the foot of Mount Galero, and then on along the ridge that builds the watershed between the Piedmont and Liguria regions. The final stretch leads steeply down through woodland to Caprauna. It’s possible to choose a variant practicable by mountain bike, too, from Ormea to Caprauna, without passing from Garessio.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Garessio
588 m
| D  4.8 km / 1h40
Colle San Bernardo
952 m
| D  7.5 km / 2h05
Colle del Prione
1291 m
| D  2.6 km / 0h45
San Bartolomeo
1439 m
| D  3.7 km / 0h55
Caprauna
1056 m
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Sentieri dei Saraceni trail.
Useful topographic maps
  • 8 ~ IGC ALPI MARITTIME E LIGURI (1: 50000)
  • 3 ~ ASF, CAI-CAF, MARGUERAIS-MONGIOIE (1: 25000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Alpi Marittime, voll.I-II, L.Montaldo, F.Salesi, E.Montagna ~ Collana Guida Monti d'Italia, CAI-TCI (ISBN )
  • Camminaitalia, Cannobini, Carnovalini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)
  • Lungo le strada del Sale,Dal mar Ligure a Ginevra, Bernardini, Levati ~ SAGEP (ISBN )
  • Auf der Via Alpina durch Seealpen und Ligurische Alpen ~ fernwege.de (ISBN 978-3937304-50-2)
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  • PORTAROSE, Garessio - 2014-08-21
    The path from Colle San Bernardo to Garessio has been cleared and it is now fully functional...
    @ the link above a map of connection to and from Garessio.

    The best path is the A26, however also the A36 path is available, it is slightly more direct but with a ground a bit disconnected ...
  • PORTAROSE, Garessio - 2014-06-18
    Due to extreme weather condition in april 2014 some trees are obstructin part of the Via Alpina descending towards Garessio after Colle San Bernardo. However we have already contacted local authorities and local alpine club in order to remove and clear as soon as possibile the trees from the path...

    For any problem or help in planning your trip throughout this part of Via Alpina, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps you can contact us ... info@portarose.it

    PORTAROSE is a Bed & Breakfast for travelers, tourists and walkers crossing the Ligurian Alps.
  • Renzo Dirienzi - 2014-05-31
    Il 25/05/2014 effettuato il tratto Garessio-Colle di San Bernardo durante una traversata escursionistica da Garessio a Ceriale. Dopo Garessio, da quota m 750 ca. alla Cascina dell'Arciprete il percorso è ostruito da molti alberi caduti, anche grossi. Raggiunta e superata la suddetta cascina, la Via Alpina prosegue per un centinaio di metri sulla strada provinciale. Il successivo sentiero da imboccare per il Colle di San Bernardo non è più visibile per un taglio di bosco in corso.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2013-05-20
    Aux difficultés du balisage et du choix de l'itineraire s'est ajouté la "nebbia ", brouillard épais et humide qui recouvrait les pentes du Mont GALERO. Aprés l'avoir contourné, traversé puis etre arrivé au sommet, j'ai finalement renoncé par prudence pour redescendre dans un fond de vallée dans le petit village de NASINO ou j'ai dormi chez un habitant. Dure journée !
    J'ai l'adresse du refuge PIAN DELL'ARMA au dessus de CAPRAUNA ou je devais passer la nuit .
    Tel 00 39 337 10 83 410
    www.rifugiopiandellarma.it
    rifugio@leterrebianche.it
    Automatic translation [ ]
    UNDER MAINTAINANCE: WE'LL COME BACK AT 4:30AM (GMT+1)
  • rifugio pian dell'arma - 2012-09-23
    rifugio di Caprauna situato vicino alla via alpina, come fare per essere inseriti nella vostra guida?
    Automatic translation [ ]
    Caprauna retreat located near the alpine route, how to be included in your guide?
  • Henk Nouws - 2012-09-03
    All hotels in Garessio are closed down! There are private rooms. I stayed in mediaevel Porta Rose. Contact Carmen: 0039 333 342 73 97
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-04-23
    Just a few hints for the hiking path:

    After leaving Colle San Bernardo following the road, at some point the hiking path is forking to the left and right. When following the VA to the right descend path, the Via Alpina branches off to a small path to the left after only one minute!!!

    Later on, you continue your hiking trip on another road. When reaching a sharp turn (~ 180 degree), don't follow the small hiking path going on straight ahead with red markers. The VA continues on the road where you find the white-red markers after a few minutes.

    There's only a single room available in Caprauna at the bar! I had no luck since this was already occupied and thus continued my hiking trip to colle di nava which offers plenty of accommodations. However, there's a small supermarket in Caprauna. But by far not all services as depicted on this website/guidebook.
Last update : 2013-06-13