SUMMER IN THE MAIRA VALLEY
Hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, trekking with a donkey and much more for your holiday in the Maira Valley.
Old paths and mule tracks will take you on foot or by mountain bike through this wild and unspoilt valley, where nature is the undisputed queen. The old ways of communication through towns, villages and hamlets, which still exist today, in good condition, offer many possibilities for walks of varying difficulty in order to meet tourists needs. These itineraries are ideal for a holiday, where nature, with its infinite variety of flowers, plants and animals, is enriched with tradition and adventure.
WINTER IN THE MAIRA VALLEY
Snow-rackets, alpine and cross-country skiing
The winter season offers excellent opportunities for those who practice alpine and cross-country skiing. The Maira Valley offers a 50 km trail that runs between the Marmore bridge and Chiappera. Its unspoiled landscape and its silence make this area a paradise for winter sports and excursions with snow-rackets. For further information, Enrica and Roberta will be at your disposal to provide assistance and advice with maps and books, that you can also buy on the spot, if you wish.
SAN MICHELE DI PRAZZO SHEPHERDS’ TRAIL
The “Shepherds’ Trail” was used in bygone centuries by the inhabitants of San Michele, Ussolo and Acceglio to take animals – mainly cows, goats and sheep – to pasture. At that time it was the elderly and the children who would take this route up to the pasture, while the men and women devoted themselves to working in the fields. Recently, this old trail was rediscovered and restored by a group of volunteers from San Michele in order to give everyone a chance to enjoy a trip to the past, following in the footsteps of the shepherds of old. Retracing the “Shepherds’ Trail” allows you to immerse yourself in unspoilt countryside, enjoying spectacular views ranging from Chersogno to Monviso, from the Cuneo plain to Rocca la Meja and from Oronaye to Mount Cervet. Route • Chiotti Refuges (2034m) • Ruissas Col (2677m, 2.30 h) • Porte di Roma [Gates of Rome] (2433m, 3.30 h) • Chiotti Refuges (2034m, 6.00 h) Starting from the Chiotti Refuges (2034m) in San Michele Prazzo, the trail climbs the slopes of Mount Chersogno as far as the rocks of Mount le Brune, continuing south as far as Ruissas Col (2677m). After the col, you come to Piagnelier: from here, if you wish, you can leave the Shepherds’ Trail to climb to Acceglio. After the junction, the trail bends to the east, following the mountainside over green pastures and through a characteristic passage between rocks known as the Gates of Rome (2433m). After a second junction, which provides the option to descend into Ussolo, the return leg begins, taking you to Mount Chirle (2315m) via more meadows. Travelling northward from here, you soon reach a final junction which offers the option of descending to the hamlet of Campiglione di San Michele. Continuing along the path through woods and shrubs brings you back to the Chiotti refuges. Difficulty level: EE (expert hikers), some simple sections on rock with a wire cable. Time: approximately 6.00 h; Elevation gain: approx. 650 m; Trail signs: Yellow/Red marks and poles, stone cairns and signs; More information will be provided directly by the manager of the inn.
LOU VIOL DAL GENESTE’ SAN MICHELE DI PRAZZO TRAIL
Nature trail – A circular route which brings you into contact with nature, through a series of very different microenvironments, from forests of sparse larch and dense spruce to grasslands and rocky crags, until Genestè. The second leg of the route crosses arid grasslands dominated by magnificent specimens of Scots pine; note also the characteristic seasonal blooms of broom, snowy mespilus, lavender and rose hip. The trail offers frequent opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife native to the area: roe deer, red deer, chamois, goshawk, golden eagles and bearded vultures. Route: Circular: Allemandi refuge – Colle Ruvera – San Vittore refuge – Castelli refuge – Allemandi refuge; Minimum elevation: 1480 m; Maximum elevation: 1545 m; Average time: approx. 2 h; Difficulty: easy (caution is advised on some exposed spots); Recommended time of year: Spring to Autumn; Markings: yellow marks and wooden signs written in yellow;
Points of interest related to the theme of the trail: Allemandi – Ruvera Col section: views over the Maira Valley / descent among broom, lavender and Scots pine – Colle Ruvera: stone walls built by the inhabitants of San Michele for storage of beech firewood / rural construction with an adjoining wood oven known as ‘Granjo ‘d Mundin ‘d Roc “- San Vittore refuge: vantage point near the chapel on top of a boulder.