Cancano, Acqua del Gallo, Val Mora
San Giacomo di Fraele, Passo di Fraele - San Giacomo di Fraele
This is a so-called "Interreg Alta Rezia" route connecting Italy to Switzerland through the Swiss and the Stelvio National Parks. The start is from Passo di Fraele (I), which is the watershed between Adda river and Spol/Inn/Danubio basins towards Grasso di Pra' Grata, a spectacular and solitary place surrounded only by the wild cliffs of Piz Murtarol and Monte Cassa del Ferro and descending to the wide valley bottom.read more
The fjord of Livigno lake appears all at once while heding downhill. After the climb you emerge from the vegetation in front of a landscape getting wider and wider. You descend into the marvellous Val Mora and come back to Italy crossing the Pass of the same name.You start from the car park in San Giacomo di Fraele (1952 m), which is situated at the end of Cancano lakes, and follow the dirt road n. 182 gently sloping down northwards. You get to Acqua Del Gallo (1925 m) and find a crossroads on your right towards Switzerland, which allows you to cover the same route in the opposite direction. We instead turn left uphill to Val Bruna and then descend to Grasso di Pra' Grata (1889 m) and cross the little bridge on the river (1860 m). From here on the long sideway to Livigno lake begins and above it the track becomes a narrow trail crossing the gravel steep cliffs bordering the basin: pay attention! Once you have gone beyond the last small valleys, then the real switchbacked climb begins. You ride steadily uphill on the smooth path among the pine trees until you reach the wide Forcola del Gallo (2280 m) and the Swiss territory at Doss del Termel (2318 m). Now begins a descent of 200 m on a very steep and bumpy trail requiring good technique and concentration. Then you get to Alp Mora (2084 m), whence the dirt road goes southeast downhill the length of the same name valley. You find a diversion to the right at 2062 meters, you turn back northwest and reach Passo di Val Mora (1934 m) and San Giacomo di Fraele riding first on a wide road and then on a flat but narrow and technical trail. N.B. _ In case of "no thoroughfare" for vehicles on the stretch linking Cancano to San Giacomo di Fraele, you have to add these 8,7 km of dirt road to be ridden with your MTBs for the round trip.