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Pasturo - Pialeral - Alpe Prabello di Sotto - Alpe Prabello di Sopra - San Calimero - Cascina Piananchella - Co' di Nava - Baiedo - Pasturo

By bike         
  • Departure: Pasturo (650m)
  • Arrival: Pasturo (650m)
  • Length: 18 km
  • Difference in height: about 980m; Highest point: 1,531m (Alpe Prabello di Sopra)

Cycling across the so-called "Monti di Pasturo" will make you experience the atmosphere of the past rural life. Taste it slowly, together with the fine local cheese products.

Take the S.P. road of Valsassina towards Lecco, go beyond the town of Pasturo, turn left immediately after the supermarket, and reach the town center. You will find several car parks where you can leave your car. The described itinerary leaves near the branch of Banca Intesa (via Per Introbio, then via Trieste). At the beginning, the itinerary follows an asphalt road, going ahead on the same road and shortly reaching a roundabout (via Roma, 1 km). Take "via dei Castagneti", on the opposite side of the road, and follow the road signs to Pialeral, first lap of the itinerary. Go ahead along an uphill carriage road and, after about 2 km, go beyond the barrier and enter the forest. If you love steep trails, the old paved road can be an interesting alternative; if you don't, continue along the main carriage road following the directions to Pialeral and ignoring alternative trails. Fountains are many, and will give you the opportunity to take a breath and enjoy the wonderful surrounding mountain settings. After about 8 km you will reach Antonietta - Pialeral Mountain Hut (1,428m), the last refreshment point of the itinerary. Go ahead along a steep sheep track (only the best trained riders will stay on the bike) for about 300m, then turn right and follow the directions to "Traversata Bassa - San Calimero - Rifugio Riva". Shortly after you will go along a funny downhill stretch in the forest, developing on a single-track which is not too difficult (be careful at km 8,7, where you should stay on the right side). At about km 9,4 turn right to "Prabello di Sotto - San Calimero", and, heading to the forest edge, you will easily find the uphill carriage road (to the left). You will shortly reach Prabello di Sotto (1,405m). Here push the bike for about 15 minutes, heading to Prabello di Sopra along the trail crossing the meadows. The view will repay you for the effort, which will end once you reach km 11,7, a crossroads where you should continue along the trail on the right, following the directions to San Calimero. You will shortly reach the end of the uphill stretch near the mountain huts, behind which the beautiful trail leading to San Calimero small church leaves (1,493m, km 11,5). Here the downhill stretch begins, first along a beautiful trail (following the directions to "Baiedo - Rif. Riva"), then along a carriage road. Always following the main road, you will get to Co' di Nava and afterwards to Baiedo, where you will go by the old town and continue along the downhill trail. Turn right on the asphalt road, and you will return to the departure point.

Trail Markers: in the first uphill stretch you will follow parts of trail no. 33; beyond Pialeral Mountain Hut you will follow a stretch of "Traversata Bassa" (lower traverse).


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