From Rocchetta Nervina to Mendatica
A border path, a long but not particularly difficult trail, plunging into a largerly different Liguria, just think that since prehistoric times the Ligurians lived in the castles hidden in the forests and on the mountain peaks. Through the Ligurian Alps Park which includes among the most beautiful and intact mountains, lean meadows and grassy lands, vast woods with wild and suggestive massifs.
An articulated itinerary that includes 4 stages, the entire route winds from a difference in height that rises from 400 meters to 2200 meters on Mount Saccarello, the highest peak in Liguria. This is the most "alpine" stretch of the entire Alta Via, deeply gratifying for those who love the mountains and especially for those who love that particular mountain environment that , from its heights, a panorama that sweeps up to the sea.
1. From Rocchetta Nervina (reachable by bus) you walk to the Gola di Gouta hut, 6 hours of walking with a positive difference in height of 400 m.
2. From Gola di Gouta to Colla Melosa immersed in unique panoramas, 7 hours of walking with a positive altitude difference of 1012 m.
3. From Colla Melosa to the top of Monte Saccarello and to the eastern front where there is a large bronze statue of Christ the Redeemer (Redentore), we are above the village of Monesi di Triora, a 7 hour walk with a positive height difference of 1100 m.
4. From Valletta di Monesi di Triora we reach the village of Mendatica, a 6 hour walk with a negative altitude difference of 1720 m.
Monte Galero ring
Starting from the San Bernardo di Garessio hill m. 1000, we shall continue to the top of Monte Galero m. 1700. Its name derives from the dialect of the Alpine-Ligurian valleys and indicates the rooster, the “black grouse” that nests on this mountain in its southernmost limit. The whole area of Monte Galero is a site of community interest "SIC" on the watershed between the Tanaro and Centa basins, on the border between Piemonte and Liguria, characteristic are the stone giants, a series of sharp rocky spiers 25/30 meters high. It is an isolated giant crossed by the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, an important crossing point between Piemonte and Liguria. From Colle San Bernardo through an extensive beech forest that, with steep climbs, leads to the top, once the wood is over you find yourself in the wide meadows and at the summit cross. Continuing along the Galerotto cross, you begin the descent among the stone giants that leads to the Bocchino delle Meraviglie spring and the dirt road from where you started.
Difference in height + 700 m. - Difficulty E hiking - Length 14 km. approximately.
Those of you having available just a few days we propose a series of suggestions in some of the hiking trails of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri.