Friday, September 14, 2007

Hiking in Valsassina: Maddie the Alpine westie?

If you look closely in the background to the left of Maddie, you'll see a rock formation with what appears to be a hole in the center. This is the Porta di Prada, the door of Prada even if it doesn't have anything to do with the elite label in italian fashion. This beautiful work of nature and many a lofty view is what makes the trek to Rifugio Bietti (and others further on) a popular itinerary for outdoor enthusiasts like us. The panorama is absolutely breathtaking at the height of 1719+ meters (5586+ feet), and although those figures may seem daunting to the unmotivated, the easy trail is acceptable for all ages and begins from an altitude of around 4715 feet. If I had to name one excursion for anyone planning a hiking vacation in the northern lakes region, this one is it. At a mere 3-3½ hours roundtrip, it's a piece of cake.

We completed this hike last Sunday after a month off due to Sicily & elsewhere and let me tell you, my body hurt like HECK the next morning. Feel the burn baby! So good to be back in contact with nature and we 3 plan on getting out more, weather permitting. For readers new or unfamiliar with any of my hiking posts, I can't say enough on how fantastic of an area Como/Lecco is in regards to the amount of itineraries. Couple that with a sagra or two and you're in for a memorable experience in this part of Italy.

Porta di Prada - taken in the morning coming from the starting end of the trail...

and on the way back in the afternoon.

Saved comment(s)

Rowena, great picture of Maddie! This really looks like a fabulous hike. We recently went hiking as well, I'll be posting about it in the next day or so. I'll be filing this hike information away for the day we go to Lucca. (Mostly in my dreams!)
emily | Homepage | 09.19.07 - 12:06 am

That picture of Maddie is fabulous! Very cute. I need to make note of this hike. The scenery is stunning.
Carla | Homepage | 09.18.07 - 7:30 am

Does Maddie tolerate strangers? I ask because I just want to pick her up and squeeze her, she is so cute!
Carla | Homepage | 09.16.07 - 5:39 pm

Oh, I am sooooo jealous (even about the burning limbs.) That scenery is unbelievable. Maddie's portrait is lovely. Love the hiking posts
Jeni | Homepage | 09.15.07 - 10:14 pm

Oh I think we need to follow in some of your footsteps. Stunning scenery once again and I love Maddie the adventure dog.
Pasticciera | Homepage | 09.15.07 - 6:54 pm

Ohhh hehehe, Maddie must be in such good shape - the most fit dog on the planet! I think she gets more exercise than me!
Kathy | Homepage | 09.15.07 - 4:57 am

Hi Rowena! I've been enjoying your blog for QUITE a while! This entry finally inspired me to leave you a comment, as I've been thinking what a fine day it is today for a hike, and imagining where I would go if I could. Then I just happened to visit your blog, and there it was! What a great place! Thanks so much for sharing it!
Liz P | Homepage | 09.14.07 - 8:28 pm

Gorgeous scenery but the up-close portrait of Maddie made my morning.
casey | Homepage | 09.14.07 - 7:34 pm

What a great hike! Love the porta di prada, beautiful! Maddie is cute as ever.
Kat | Homepage | 09.14.07 - 3:31 pm

Such stunning pictures and breathtaking views. I can see why you love it there. Maddie looks to be having a great time too.
Kit | Homepage | 09.14.07 - 2:43 pm