OverviewIt is a beautiful trail along almost 19 km, all on dirt road.
Allows you to climb through beautiful larch forests, high altitude pastures, steep rocks, up to 2412 meters of the "Passo della Mulattiera" (Western Alps, on the border between Italy and France).
From the East side of the mountain, overlooking the three hills (Echelle, Rhò, Frejus) will move to the west side, overlooking the high Susa Valley.
At the end of the course the magnificent peak of Mount Charrà, on which, with superhuman effort, was excavated in the rock (in the thirties), the oldest via ferrata in the Western Alps: "The via ferrata degli Alpini".
Getting ThereFrom Turin:
Take the A32 motorway, exit after one hour by car Bardonecchia.
Once you exit from the motorway, take the suddenly-Bardonecchia Campo Smith (to the Left).
Campo Smith is where you find the stations of the ski resorts of Colomion SPA.
At the bottom of the car park for skiers (you have the Dora river on the left), Park your car.
Trail DescriptionStarting from the :"Smith Field". From where start the ski resorts of Bardonecchia.
At the end of the parking, you have the Dora river on your left, there start a steep and uncomfortable trail, which ,in the midst of low tree branches and on uneven rocky, reach the Bramafam plateau.
From there, follow the path direction :"Pian del Sole".
Here we find the steep road to Colomion that we reach after ignoring the detour to Pian del Sole.
A little further on we leave the road that goes down to Beaulard enjoying the unique feature that allows you to catch your breath.
The path more forward degenerates to path with the presence of some landslides localized in correspondence of the watersheds. Leaving the track on the right that goes to Ridge and Sheba, at a bend, the track that goes down to the shelter Rey, we aim at the Mule Pass, easily recognizable by the presence nearby of a large barracks, the walls addossatta landslide Punta Charra'.
Let the bike and head up to the ridge, where there is' a plaque that reads gloomy: "The German soldier stunned the world, the Italian soldier astonished the German soldier" (Note: We hope that no one is more surprised anyone. Amen!)
On the slopes of the mountain is also known cutting "Ferrata degli Alpini", realized in the years before the Second World War to facilitate the transport of troops and equipment.
For the back you can go down to the Col des Acles, in France and then continue downhill towards the village Melezet, just above Bardonecchia.
Then go back to your parked car at Campo Smith (2 hours).
Personally I prefer to combine a bike ride with a passage in the rock along the Via Ferrata, crossing the border at Col of Health, get off in France and reach the Col des Acles,then return to Italy through the Passo della Mulattiera (2.5 hours by feet).
The bike you please wait for a quiet, parked next to the huge barracks (ex military, now stable at a breeder) of the Passo della Mulattiera.
In Short.Place of departure: Campo Smith (Bardonecchia)
Length: 18.45 km (gravel).
Time: 5 hours
Difference in altitude: about 1150 meters
Period: from July to October.
Cartography: CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL 1:25.000 n. 104 Mount Tabor Sauze d'Oulx Bardonecchia-1:50.000 n. 1 Susa Chisone and Germanasca.