Itineraries01 April 2017

Let's enjoy Spring and go hiking around Maira Valley

Here are three great itineraries to enjoy with trips coming up at the end of April.

Credits: Marco Grillo

Credits: Marco Grillo

Feeling like coming out of Winter hibernation and exploring nature with a hike?

Here are three great itineraries to enjoy with trips coming up at the end of April. They are all organized by hiking environmental guide Marco Grillo

Have a great time!

San Marco in Maira Valley: Monte Cornet
April 25 is the perfect day for this wonderful and scenic hike!!! The route winds starting from the charming town of Sant'Anna di Roccabruna (Dronero CN) before and after a fairly steep slope that leads to Colle della Ciabra (Ciabra = goat) where you can enjoy a wide view ranging from the Maritime Alps to high Maira Valley. From the hill of Ciabra, the trail goes up the grassy ridge full of spring blooms leading to comfortable and spacious top of Mount Cornet. With a little luck, you can enjoy a superb view on Monviso, Valdostane Alps and let your gaze wander up the Ligurian Apennines.

Altitude difference: about 700 m
Duration: all day
Training required: For experienced hikers

Wildlife searching in Pesio Valley
On  Saturday, April 29 let’s go look for wildlife tracks with the hope of maybe meeting some unexpected animal! Departing from the broad plateau of Pian delle Gorre whose name derives from the presence of willows in the past  ("gura", in Piedmontese)  - typical of riparian and wetlands, now disappeared from the plateau, but clearly present nearby, on Pesio creek shores. After a wide and easy route, you can clamber up a steep trail in fir wood, most representative of the Pesio Valley, and then pop to Pian del Creus, balcony overlooking Monte Bisalta. The climb continues between grasslands and beech until Gias Madonna at the foot of Cima Cars, an area where deer, chamois and the majestic Golden Eagle roam.

Altitude difference: about 750 m
Duration: all day
Training required: For experienced hikers

Hidden corners: Gias Creusa
This trip will take place on Sunday, April 30th
Gias Creusa is the destination of this interesting and comfortable walk in a small side valley of the more famous Palanfrè Big Valley. The lack of tourists visiting the area, makes it one of the "wildest routes" and most interesting due to wildlife presence. First blooms of the season will lead the way on the beautiful dirt road; the nice hike is not tiring and an ideal route for those who want to spend a day in nature, away from the city.
Altitude difference: about 500 m
Duration: all day
Training required: For averagely trained excursionists

Marco Grillo is a Natural Environmental Guide
Rafting Guide Level II

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