From Porcareccia, partially on the trail and partially on the street, climb to Crotto. Take the mule track that begins there, every so often crossing the narrow street, to arrive to Olino, located on a beautiful perch overlooking the Anzasca Valley. Cross through the settlement and, just after the end of the street where you’ll see a chapel, join the hillside trail which cuts across the entire valley. This trail will lead to Drocala, which was one of the most important towns in Castiglione, but now is almost entirely abandoned. The long climb up trail B04 begins here, entering the woods and continuing on until reaching the edge of the crest and Alpe Erbalunga.
Walking along the hillside which flanks the panoramic crest that divides Anzasca Valley from Antrona Valley, you will soon reach the Rifugio della Colma mountain hut, located in Alpe La Colma dei Prei.
To descend, follow the comfortable mule trail of the SI (Sentiero Italia, or the Grand Italian Trail) which first passes Alpe Aloro and then heads down into the woods, with plenty of hairpin turns, to pass Alpe Curgei and Alpe Prer. From here, turn left along the hillside to drop down to Alpe la Barca. Then, ignoring the first turnoff for Drocala, continue to descend on the steep yet comfortable trail in the woods until the second turnoff for Drocala (the one taken previously). Return to Olino and, from there, take the same route as on the way out, arriving to Porcareccia.
Notes: Castiglione Peak is a long crest that descends into a valley between the summits of Croce del Cavallo and Pizzo Castello, forming the divide between the Antrona Valley and that of Anzasca. The route is a succession of ascents and descents over grassy fields and high mountain meadows and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful “balconies” in all Val d’Ossola. The Rifugio della Colma mountain hut is open in summer (tel. +39 347 9020098).
Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 15:53:08