Hiking in Alta Lessinia
This part of Lessinia is home to some of the oldest and most characteristic alpine huts in the entire area. At one time, the area was inhabited and frequented year-round only by local people, but today along these trails one encounters mostly hikers who are interested not only in the nature and sports aspect but also in the historical and cultural side.
Some of the huts that are reached are no longer in operation and are in a complete state of disrepair, but they still retain their original structure, consisting of several rooms and the ever-present alpine pasture pit.
Reaching Rifugio Bocca di Selva (1551 m.), which was once an alpine hut, you have the opportunity to take a break in the heart of the Lessinia Natural Park territory. The landscape you encounter is typical of alpine pastures altered by mountain people over the centuries: spruces, dwarf junipers, rowan trees and beeches are interspersed with extensive pastures, of which it is fascinating to stop for a moment and observe the shapes.Solid dry stone walls, centuries old, mark out the properties, and the trail follows partly the paths and partly the shapes of the slopes, which in winter are free of herds. The entire route winds through a fascinating mountain environment, rich in nature and unique in its kind in Italy.
The proposed route can be traveled on foot or MTB in summer and with snowshoes or mountaineering skis in winter.
The start is from Contrada Maregge (1264 m.), following the SP6 north for 250 meters and then immediately exiting to the left down a slope where there is a sign for the E5 trail.
The route does not follow the CAI trail but an old disused mule track that comfortably leads through a beautiful fir forest to the pasture of Malga Varalte (1430 m.). From the alpine hut, follow the ridge that among hazel and laburnum trees leads shortly to the new alpine hut. From here the trail becomes obvious and turns into a section of road before reaching Malga Moscarda. The last stretch before arriving at Rifugio Bocca di Selva is along SP14.
The return is almost all on trails marked by the Park or the Mountain Community. The section from Malga Masetto di Sopra (1424 m.) to Malga Vigna (1380 m.) winds briefly along the pasture slopes without following trails, losing and gaining elevation . Gpx follows the less steep lines.
From Malga Vigna to Contrada Maregge you continue smoothly on a well-plotted small road closed to traffic. Being partially in the forest, this section can be treacherous in case of little snow
Hiking in Alta Lessinia