Our little Hiking Tip: Rifugio Menaggio

03 April 2013 | By Deborah Giorno in Parco San Marco

What do you think of a small hike during your next holiday ? Not far from the Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort sweeping views are waiting for you!

Rifugio Menaggio (1400 m) is situated on the southern slope of Monte Grona and one can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Como and the surroundingmountains. The rifugio provides refreshmentsand lodging and is open daily during the summer daily and the rest of the year on Saturdays Sun- and Holidays.

- starting point: Breglia 749 m (6 km from Menaggio)

- Menaggio – Breglia by bus: line C13

- walking time from Breglia to Rifugio: 1.45 hrs.

- ascent: 650 m

- trail signs: red-white-red.

Route: from the bus stop at Breglia (749 m) cross the road and ascend the small road leading up to Monti di Breglia (sign indicating Rifugio Menaggio). At the second bend, just beyond a fountain, you find the first shortcut to the right (sign Monti di Breglia/Rifugio Menaggio). The steep trail ends up on the road again, which you cross to pick up the next shortcut. After 20 m, at the high tension mast turn right. The steep trail leads on to the road once more, which you follow for about 300 m.

Then you find the next shortcut to the left which leads across a field. Cross the road another time and follow the trail through the woods which leads on to the road at Monti di Breglia (1.000 m). After another 100 m you reach a picnic area with fountain and beautiful view (you deserve a rest). Here you leave the road and follow the trail over some rocks up to the left (sign). Once on this trail you continue to follow the signs. You reach a open space used as parking area which you cross and then pick up the trail to the left.

At the junction where you find the metal trail sign we recommend the “Sentiero Alto” to the right because of the better view (after heavy snow fall we recommend il “Sentiero Basso” to the left). It leads among birch trees and broom up to the junction for S. Amate and Monte Bregagno. At this junction you keep to the left.

The now even trail leads along the slope and you soon reach the rifugio. Fifteen minutes from the rifugio there is a viewpoint called “Pizzo Coppa” from where you have a view not only of Lake Como but of the whole Menaggio valley with Lake Piano and Lake Lugano. Not to miss!! Take the trail on the left side of the rifugio (facing the building).

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