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Page Type: Trail

Location: Turin, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.06927°N / 6.76460°E

Trail Type: Mountain

County: Piedmont

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 2500 ft / 762 m

Length: 12.0 Mi / 19.3 Km

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Page By: chaberton

Created/Edited: Aug 1, 2013 / Aug 1, 2013

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This is a beautiful route on roads, paved and unpaved, which have recently undergone major improvements.

The last kilometers

On the occasion of the 14th stage of the Tour of Italy (14.5.2013), the final stretch of the stage from the Jafferau Bardonecchia (basins) has been completely resurfaced.

A hell of water and cold!
Tour of Italy 2013
The competitors have faced days of hell in May, rain, wind, snow and cold do not have them saved.
The 14th stage was no exception, and under a deluge, competitors have reached the 1,900 meters of the Basins of the Frejusa.

For what concerns us the Trail continues further on an old military dirt road, recently put it back in some long stretches that had collapsed, to reach the 2177 meters of the ancient fortress of Foens.

Exceptional vantage point on the crest of Alpine boundary with France.

The Map

Visualizza Bardonecchia-Foens in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

Getting There

I have everything!
A32 Turin-Bardonecchia, or state roads 24 and 335.

For those arriving from the main road, we arrive in the square turn left at the second entrance (signposted Millaures), while as for those coming from the highway, past the roundabout, go down the main road and at the first entrance, turn right (the square is shortly after, on the left).

In the Statute square there is a large car park where you can leave your car (attention that on Saturday the square is occupied by market stalls).

Trail Description

The road Bardonecchia-Basins of Jafferau has recently been resurfaced.
A stage of the Tour of Italy was held on this road.
The stretch from Borgata Gleise the docks of Jafferau (once a dirt road, it was a hell of powder) is now paved and smooth as a billiard table.

Starting know Statute square in Bardonecchia (New Village) begin to climb to the left turn immediately right (signposted to Millaures-Gleise).

Having passed under the highway, we begin to climb on asphalt, meeting shortly after the country Millaures. We continue on the road, with some steep sections, leads us in a short Gleise.

Foens High Mountain Road
High Alpine Dirt Road

The slope is not particularly strong, allowing us to climb without too much suffering. At 6.61 km overcome the Grange Broue. A path slightly steeper. At 7.78 km, turn right (signposted Fort Foens).

High-altitude Alpine Road.
High on the Valley

The climb gets more challenging, alternating steep and narrow hairpin bends from the bumpy conditions. Reached a fountain is going to exceed the point where they were made showy works of containment, a stretch of dirt road recently redone.


Proceeding in plane along a beautiful and scenic trail, you arrive at the entrance of the Fort Foens. An obligatory stop to admire the beautiful landscape and what remains of the old fort dating back to 1898.

A view to the North

a big, BIG, bite on their Ass!
a big, BIG, bite on their Ass!

To return, retrace the same route made the first leg, or walk down through the woods to the village of Royeres (about five kilometers statal road from Bardonecchia).

Retrace our steps to the left onto the trail with signs "Millaures-Suppas." The funny descent alternates more technical sections faster and hairpins.

You can reach the river Perilleux without crossing turn left, hooking the marked route for MTB. At another junction continue to the right.

You get to Grange Suppas,. Continuing to the left, on narrow dirt road, turn right at the fork that follows, along the continuation towards the valley floor.

The forest path steep and very bumpy you arrive at the village of Villards.

A quick downhill asphalt allows us, in Royeres, hanging up the SS 335, which we follow to the right to return to Bardonecchia.

The Foens Fortress

Founded in 1897, armed with 6 guns, 150 mm, was manned by 14 officers and 307 soldiers. A defensive wall complete with a dock for the riflemen and loopholes, surrounded the fort for its defense.

The Foens Fortress.
The Fortress Today

From the entrance, currently the most ruderata, a short flight down the center tank consists of a low building with resistant cover shoot of the main gauges time later, around some stores.

Above the roof, arranged in beard and protected by an embankment, accommodation 4 artillery pieces were deployed and coupled, held at gunpoint, the territory of Bardonecchia and the surrounding valleys.

Ancient Planimetry
Ancient Plan

The eastern part of the building housed a section armed with two guns geared toward the valleys of Cesana. A warehouse was used as a winter shelter of the artillery.

From the western section of the battery, a staircase down to the powder below. A hoist with track that went to foreign countries, ensured the rapid supply of the guns. A long staircase down to the powder below.

The fort disarmed in 1915, it was reoccupied during the IIG.M. from 211 Battery GAF, whose guns were, however, placed outside of the fort in a tight angle.

Not far from the Fortress on the road to Jafferau-Pramand, were located a large barracks on two floors (disappeared), the middle station of the military cable car Constans-Foens-Jafferau and a stable that could hold more than twenty quadrupeds.

workout gym

Cross Country on the ancient Artillery Crosspiece.

Fun 3
Fun 2

In Short

It dries in ten minutes!
Time: 4h.

Lenght: 19 Km.

Difference in Altitude:865 m.

Telephone coverage: 60%

Water Supply: at kilometer 6.8

Cartography: I.G.C 1:50000 1- Susa, Chisone, Germanasca Valleys