From Arvogno, descend into the valley following the paved road and cross the Melezzo river on the “Rassia” bridge.
Immediately after the bridge, leave the road to follow the old paved mule track as it climbs with curves and a steady incline to reach the ample meadows of Alpe Cortina. Continue to the top, coming to the little church of San Gerolamo (St. Jerome), then begin the long hike of alternating ascents and descents with flat stretches, running along the slope facing the south of the Melezzo Valley. In sight of the Alpe Sdun, you’ll find the crossroad leading to the Col of Muino (Bocchetta di Muino) (1,977 m / 6,486 ft). From here, descend down the hillside trail and after a short while come to the Muino Lakes and Alpe di Ruggia, from which an uphill hike leads to the Ruggia Col (Bocchetta di Ruggia) (1,990 m / 6,529 ft). Continue along the hillside for a long stretch until you reach the Chapel of San Pantaleone and then the Fontanalba Pass (2,026 m / 6,647 ft). Walking through high altitude meadows, you will pass a hill to reach Lake Panelatte, and then, with one last burst of effort, arrive at Forcola di Larecchio.
Returning to the Chapel of San Pantaleone by the same route, turn right and head downhill towards Alpe i Motti, recognisable by its two long barns. Follow the descent on the nice paved mule track, entering into the woods until you emerge at Alpe Villasco. Now follow the hillside, staying on the pretty mule track, to arrive at Alpe Verzasco, then take the track until reaching the wide bridge over the river. Continue down the street for a few minutes until coming to the turnoff for the Muino Col (Bocchetta di Muino), then enter the strip of the mule track that cuts across the curving road and quickly brings you to the Rassia Bridge. With one last climb along the paved road, you will arrive back to Arvogno.
Notes: The valley of Arvogno is perhaps the most known and visited part of Vigezzo because it combines so many different categories of natural beauty: a small universe expertly shaped by the efforts of generations of shepherds and mountaineers. The trail that drops down from Alpe Ai Motti is a long staircase with the sky as a backdrop, perhaps the most beautiful trail in the valley.
Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 14:33:17