Hike on Mount Crocione

Who said Lake Como isn’t beautiful in winter? Imagine a sunny day, the lake of an intense blue color, the sparkling air that caresses your cheeks while you are sipping a good hot tea next to a wood stove while admiring the view outside the window of a shelter…

If you you already thinking about what you can do as soon as the lockdown period is over, here is a great idea to spend a pleasant winter day of freedom and carefree on Lake Como. Certainly less beaten by mass tourism, Lake Como can be an even more interesting destination during the winter season.

In this article then the indications for a trip in the name of nature and relaxation that will do you even more good to the heart and spirit after a period at home.

…But we come to us: Where is Mount Crocione?

Mount Crocione (its name derives from the fact that on the top it stands out an enormous cross from the elementary forms) is located on the western shore of Lake Como, more precisely in the valley of Intelvi (Como) and with its 1641 meters of altitude it is the most panoramic mount of the nearby Calbiga Mountains, Mount Lenno and Mount Tremezzo.

Almost like a sentry positioned in the center of Lake Como, from its peak you can enjoy a wide aerial panorama that allows you to dominate the Lake from north to south and to gaze at all the peaks that surround it… fantastic!

In reality, however, what makes this route one of the best panoramic excursions on Lake Como, in addition to the nature in which it is immersed, is that along the way you can find numerous traces of the Great War such as trenches, arches and retaining walls, in addition to the roads used in ancient times by the military.

Are you curious but afraid of not being trained enough? Don’t despair! This trip is suitable for everyone: it is in fact a quiet walk that in a couple of hours leads from the refuge Boffalora to the top of the mountain.

Now the most important part: How to reach the summit?

The starting point is Boffalora refugee, easily accessible by car along a road which climbs through the woods from the village of Pigra.

Once you arrive at the refuge leave your car, you are ready to start this beautiful excursion!
Then follow the road on your right and climb towards the Venini refuge. You will immediately notice that the climb is not demanding and that the view of the pastures and the mountains in front of you will be the frame, accompanied by the yellow-ochre of the grass and the bright blue of the clear sky, if you are lucky.

Continuing along the path for about twenty minutes you will reach the Alpe di Lenno: here you will surely have to stop for a selfie with the peaks and valleys that will leave you speechless!

For the less trained people there is also the chance of reducing the route by continuing by car for about 4 km to this second refugee.

Here you can make a short stop to rest and munch a fleeting snack!

Once again you will reach in a short time some abandoned military structures: here in fact the Cadorna Line, a defensive line built between 1916 and 1917 from the Aosta Valley to the border with Trentino. The goal was to prevent a possible passage of German troops from Switzerland to Milan.

For the more adventurous you have to know that from this point it is possible to do a small detour to reach the top of Mount Calbiga (mt 1.698) which, on sunny days, offers a wonderful view up to the Bernina group and Mount Rosa.
Now follow a stretch of path on the ridge of the mountain through some small abandoned ruins, usually inhabited by a nice group of goats… You’re almost arrived!

After a few minutes you will reach the huge steel cross of the summit: sit down and contemplate the view that opens in front of you! Bellagio and the Larian triangle, the Grigna and the Legnone, the snowy mountains of Valtellina and Val Chiavenna really will leave you breathless!

Some useful tips before departure:
The path, entirely under the sun, is certainly beautiful in winter, especially if snowy (you seem to find yourself inside a fairy tale and your four-legged friends will have fun crazy! ), but do not forget sunscreen so as not to burn you;

 The excursion is really suitable for everyone as the paths are well signposted and never exposed or dangerous, so you can take your children with you if they are used to walk!

For the more adventurous and sports lovers, this itinerary is entirely accessible also by mountain bike.

Now that you are well informed you just have to check the weather forecast… Mount Crocione is waiting for you! 

Written by Chiara Tisat

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