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Pornassio-Cosio d'Arroscia-Mendática
Alpi Liguri/Valle Arroscia
S.I.C. IT1313712 Cima Pian Cavallo-Bric Cornia
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Open automobile access

A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

Stroll / tourism (broad, non-exposed trail)
Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
R155 Colle di Nava » San Bernardo di Mendatica
  |   2h45   |   9.5 km   |   480 m   |   163 m

The trail follows the route of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, along the watershed ridge between the Arroscia and Tanaro valleys. The stage proceeds mostly along trails and dirt tracks through conifer woods. Still there are areas of open ground affording beautiful views, particularly over the Arroscia Valley to the sea. It is also possible to simply follow the provincial road. It goes up and down less but is a duller route. This leg is practicable by mountain bike, too from Colle di Nava to San Bernardo di Mendatica.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Colle di Nava
933 m
| C  1 km / 0h30
Forte Pozzanghi
1120 m
| C  2.6 km / 0h45
Colla dei Boschetti
1226 m
| ABD  2.7 km / 0h45
Colla Rinella
1283 m
| BD  2.2 km / 0h35
Poggio Forcarau
1269 m
| A  1 km / 0h10
San Bernardo di Mendatica
1265 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Alta Via Monti Liguri trail.
Useful topographic maps
  • 3 (Marguareis-Mongioie) ~ ASF (1:25.000)
  • 15 (Albenga-Alassio-Savona) ~ IGC (1:50.000)
  • 8 (Alpi Marittime e Liguri) ~ IGC (1:50.000)
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  • Greybeard - 2023-07-19
    Albergo San Bernardo is closed this summer (2023). Alternatives: rifugio Ca' da Cardella in Mendatica, rifugio Terza. next to rif San Remo, or hotel dolceMente in Piaggia.
  • Andreas - 2022-09-21
    Hotel San Bernardo macht diesen Herbst schon früh Saisonschluss wegen der stark gestiegenen Heizkosten, gleich wie auch einige andere Hotels in der Region. Alternativ gibt es bei der nächsten Etappe direkt am Weg bei der Sella della Valletta ein neues, 2019 eröffnetes Rifugio "La Terza", mit Übernachtungsmöglichkeit.
  • Berta - 2018-08-27
    Hotel San Bernardo 0183328724 liegt direkt an der Via Alpina in San Bernardo di Mendatica . Angenehme, saubere Zimmer mit guten Matratzen und ausgezeichnetem Essen. Doppelzimmer mit Dusche, WC undHalbpension 55€ pro Person
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Hotel San Bernardo 0183328724 is located directly on Via Alpina in San Bernardo di Mendatica. Pleasant, clean rooms with good mattresses and excellent food. Double room with shower, WC and half board 55 € per person
  • Jean-Claude - 2015-10-15
    Courte étape de 3 heures ce jour là, et il pleuvait.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Step short of three hours that day, and it was raining.
  • Sabine_Bade - 2009-12-31
    Kurze Etappe mit geringen Auf- und Abstiegen. Richtig ist hier: Aufstieg ca. 475 m, Abstieg ca. 160m!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Short stage with minor ups and downs. Right here: about 475 m ascent, descent 160m!
Last update : 2019-12-18