Col D'Anzana, Val Fontana
Pescia Bassa in Val Saiento (Cantoni Grigioni - CH) - Sant'Antonio in Val Fontana
The route n. 1 of this guide runs almost completely on a single trail and, most of all, it is the first stretch of a much longer itinerary, which - once completed - will give the bikers the possibility to start from Switzerland, cycle all over Valtellina along the slopes of the Rhaetian Alps at height and finally arrive to Lake Como.read more
The starting point is in Val Saiento, which runs sideways to Valposchiavo in Canton Grisons. You climb up to Col D'Anzana, which marks the line between Italy and Switzerland, and which can be reached also from Bianzone, in the Province of Sondrio, through the road going uphill to Nemina and becoming then a trail that leads to the pass. The starting crossway runs along the military track of Sentiero Italia up to Prato Valentino and affords remarkable views southwards over the mountain chains of the Orobic Alps and of Middle Valtellina. We leave Passo di Meden on our right together with the spurs going down from Monte Combolo and Monte Calighe and reach the ski runs in Teglio from above. The second part of the ride runs deep into the solitary Val Fontana at first and then goes downhill.The start is from the car park in Pescia Bassa on a dirt road at 1810 meters above sea level. You go past the Rifugio Anzana (2050 m) and take the well traced trail on your left heading for the pass, but which you can only partly cycle on. From Col D'Anzana (2233 m) you go downhill some meters and find a notice board with map and indications as well as the sign of the Way n. 301. The trail going around Monte Cancano begins on the right, then it passes below Passo di Meden (2440 m), reaches Prato Valentino ski runs, and gets steeper below Dosso Lau (2020 m) up to Verdomana (1521 m). Otherwise you can choose to descend from Prato Valentino to Teglio on a road. But from Verdomana you turn to the right on a dirt road (sign Way n. 302) through Val Rogna and get to Dalico (1465 m), which is situated on the Costa di San Gaetano along a trail among the woods. We cut across the road climbing from the valley and aways westwards we turn into the long sideway on a trail going north and descending to Sant'Antonio in Val Fontana (1253 m), where we take the road leading to the village of Ponte in Valtellina.