OverviewPeak Forest (Western Alps) Elevation: 7799 ft / 2377 m. Susa Valley.
Property located on the ridge which separates the Valley Thuras from the Valley Argentiera and is characterized by an immense and wild forest of pine on the sharp side facing Sauze di Cesana (East), while to the west, a barren grass pasture slopes down towards the town of Thures.
To the north, is perfectly visible Sestriere(Hill), while behind Peak Forest(south) there is an impressive succession of peaks, gradually higher and inaccessible: "Mount Furgon, Mount Grand Roc, the Roc Boucler.
A very long and ancient military road leads up to the summit ridge of Peak Forest, where since 2003 there is a small but cozy shelter, built to commemorate the seven victims of air disaster at Punta Ciatagnera.
The military road is in perfect condition and in good weather is a great path for bikers, while during the winter is the ring of an initial path which allows the skis- mountaineers climb through the pine forest, then down at break-neck Bousson direction.
Getting there.From Turin:
take the A32 motorway Turin-Bardonecchia, exit oulx (50'). Follow the S.S. 24 statal Road of Monginevro.
Once you arrive at Cesana Torinese take the A.s.f. 10.1.4 direction Bousson (25').
Once you have passed the village of Bousson follow the road in direction Sauze di Cesana-Sestriere.
After about five kilometers you arrive in Sauze di Cesana (1537 m), on your right stands the immense pine forest of Peak Forest. Park your car and cross the turbulent creek Ripa. Beyond the bridge the dirt road begins to Peak Forest.
The Trail.The dirt road to Cima del Bosco was built in the early twentieth century, is a path length of 9,800 meters, which exceeds a height of 970 meters. The road is still in perfect condition, except for the final stretch of 300 meters.
It represents an ideal route, not only for mountaineers but especially for bikers. The whole event takes place on the east side of the mountain, through a forest of larch trees that in autumn takes the color of gold.
The path is easy, and graudale, like all the roads of guns, but very long. The road winds up the mountain with long straights and wide turns, as they climb closer and closer together.
The whole route is marked by milestones that indicate the distance traveled, starting from Sauze di Cesana.
At the fourth mile, on the left, there is a branch to the fountain, "Carrera". The fountain was built on a pool of spring water that comes out of the mountain.
Shortly before the fountain, you will reach a beautiful square, surrounded by larch trees, which is a memorial dedicated to the military: "Luigi Martani" soldier, fell in his duty to Cima del Bosco, 23 August 1927.
The memorial is made of dry stone walls that surround a pedestal on which stands an obelisk unstable. The plaque with the inscription lying on the ground in several pieces, but is still legible.
From this point there are still more than five miles uphill all the way reclaim at least one hours biking.
Once on top you can immediately see the remains of gun emplacements dating from the late nineteenth century. These guns were to protect their fire with the border with France the so-called "Central Hills."
On one of the masonry walls a soldier, July 19, 1933 wrote:"The Life Force = Order-Countermanded-Disorder!".
On the glacis of the old battery was built in 2003, a small, cozy refuge, to commemorate the seven victims of the helicopter crash in Punta Ciatagnera.
Peak Forest is a beautiful scenic ridge with views to 300 °, only the imposing shadow of Mount Furgon(2815m.) dominates in the south.
To return you can take to Thuras Valley (West) takes about less than an hour.
In Short.Length: 9.80 Km (ascent only )
Hiking time: 3h 30 '
Cartography: CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL paper trail and shelters 1:25.000 n. 105 Sestriere Claviere Prali
Period: July to October.
Difference in altitude: about 970 meters
Cellular network coverage: 100%
Camping: The new shelter of Cima Bosco is a perfect place to put a base camp, is comfortable and clean, but you will not find a single drop of water on top, so take escorts.
(it is stricktly forbidden to run with jeep on the military dirt road)