Hike to Alpe Scaredi – E

Do not miss this wonderful hike, on the border with Parco Nazionale Valgrande. Enjoy its wild nature and the enchanting views.

From Santa Maria Maggiore drive to Malesco and take the road for Valle Loana until you reach Fondo li Gabbi (1246 m), where the road ends and you will find a car park. Park your car and take the unpaved road M14-SI-GTA. The easy ascent leads you to the head of the valley.

Cross the torrent and follow the mule track that climbs to the “Fornaci” (the ancient lime kilns that have been recently restored) then continue and go up the zigzag path until you reach Alpe Cortenuovo (1790 m) and then Alpe Scaredi (1841 m).

This is a privileged access point to Val Grande National Park.
You can find here a mountain hut that hikers can use for overnight stay.

The view is outstanding: towards west the deep valley covered with woods leads to the heart of Val Grande and Colma di Premosello; on the background Monte Rosa and its mountain chain rising over 4000 m divide this territory from Canton Vallese; towards south Monte Laurasca and Cimone di Cortechiuso can be admired.

You can find here the ideal place for a picnic, a fountain basin with fresh water and – in case of bad weather – the hut offers a hall with a table, benches and a wood stove.

You can return along the same track.

Time of ascent: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Ascent: m 600

Trek grade: E

Text by Enrico Cheula
Photo by Roberto Paniz