Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hiking the Anello Monte Muggio: the colors of fall

Fall in Valle Varrone

Long hikes at what is probably the best time of year are sadly lacking as we busy ourselves with preparing the garden for winter, but sometimes the actual reason is that weekends are often entirely rained out. In current weather events, the peninsula has been hit with heavy rainfall, bringing much difficulty and terribly tragic circumstances in certain areas around the country. So far we've had no problems or warnings in the chestnut forest, and it's insane to think that just a week ago we were hiking under serene italian skies on our first fall outing.

From Alpe Giumello (Casargo, LC): this is a relatively easy 2.5 hour loop trail that rambles around the base of Monte Muggio. There are a few tracts that need to be scrambled up or down carefully so I wouldn't suggest attempting this in winter or early spring when ice or snowmelt makes the trail extremely dangerous. We've gone sledding here in winter when everything was covered in deep snow, but now that we've seen the fall foliage, a repeat in late spring is possible if conditions are safe. Lake and mountain views from all angles are gorgeous, and the well-used path is not hard to follow even when going through a stretch of forest on Muggio's northside. Beginning from the parking lot (pink x on the map) continue on the access road to the left and through località Alpe Giumello; a small chapel comes into view on the right. Trail signs say Anello Monte Muggio until near the end where Alpe Giumello points the way home. Lunch at Ristoro Genio has always been fantastic!

Ristoro Genio

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Blogger LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Ciao Rowena, I am back from my travels and trying to catch up with all my favourite bloggers. What a lot of interesting posts to welcome me back to your blog this evening.

6:47 PM, November 08, 2011  
Blogger Laruchka said...

This walk sounds fantastic - and just the right length. I googled Monte muggio but it thinks it is in Switzerland? could you give me some directions?!

Also please more of this sort of thing, I often go walking in Brianza area and would love to know more about the walks round Lecco.

Compliments on the blog x

8:23 PM, November 08, 2011  
Blogger K and S said...

I would do the hike just for the lunch :) great post!

11:59 PM, November 08, 2011  
Blogger Rowena... said...

LindyLou - I imagine that you'll also be occupied with getting the house in order for winter! I hope there wasn't too much trouble from the rains.

Laruchka - thank you for the compliments! Try this short link on google maps: http://g.co/maps/qw3jc

It should take you to Giumello, Casargo, LC, and marks the parking lot at the beginning of the trail. It's just under 8 miles in total, with the occasional paint splotch on trees to mark the way. At first it seemed a little deceiving because we seemed to descend a bit more than keeping a steady altitude, but it all evened out. We would love to get more hikes in before the snow arrives so I'm crossing fingers for the next few weeks.

Kat - I don't know why but I didn't have a huge appetite even after that walk. Could be that I was still adjusting to the time zone from Hawaii...it usually takes me a couple weeks or more!

8:37 AM, November 09, 2011  
Blogger Murissa Maurice said...

Holy that looks so good - the ravioli especially!
Feels like I need to go on a hike lately because I know how uncontrollable I get in December with the baking and hosting.

The Wanderfull Traveler

7:51 PM, November 10, 2011  

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