42 Km Suitable for experienced cyclists Elevation Gain: + 1.790 m - Total Descent: 1690 m - Maximum Altitude Reached: 2.500m

Reaching the Upper Salt Road from Gesso Valley is more challenging and should be done on foot. Mountain bikes may only be used by highly experienced athletes in top physical condition and is nonetheless prohibited on the French part of the trail. It is included here chiefly to complete the overview of itineraries. Some believe that at least part of this route was once trodden by wayfarers and pilgrims, and may have been protected by the Knights of the Holy Trinity. From Entracque, proceed to the hamlet of Trinità then to the Porcera bridge, which is the starting point of the itinerary. You can reach the Porcerca bridge from Entracque by mountain bike along a dirt track that leads to the Chapel of Cornaletto and the Sartaria bridge.

The same track continues through a rugged landscape until reaching the Souffet arched bridge that stands above the eponymous waterfall. It then continues smoothly on the opposite side, almost entirely in the beechwood, as far as Gias d’Ischietto, where the cart track narrows and bends left into the Vallone del Sabbione. At the end of the clearings of Gias della Valera, cross the river (wooden walkway) by a gnarled beech tree and continue along the path, which remains easy for a while further. A long stretch along the mountainside and several ramps lead to Gias della Culatta, before continuing, with a series of hairpin bends, to the grassy basin of Lago della Vacca (Vacca Lake).

For some time now, few people have been able to cycle here, and bikes are generally pushed or carried. A steep final stretch following the little Bivacco Speranza, leads to the western Colle del Sabbione, on the border between Italy and France, in the Mercantour National Park. It is prohibited to ride mountain bikes for the next 3 kilometres, so they must be carried. From the border an easy track cuts diagonally across the sloping meadows, dotted with barracks and fortresses, to the Bassa di Peyrafique, from where you can continue towards Colle di Tenda, crossing the path of the Ciclovia Alpi del Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Alps Cycle Route) (last part of itinerary 1).



Limone Piemonte, Ormea-Upega di Briga Alta, Triora, Pigna, La Brigue and Tenda; plus entrances from Valle Gesso and Valle Pesio for hikers and mountain bikers only. Tickets can be purchased locally at the tollbooths in Limone and Briga Alta.




Access to the Alta Via del Sale is subject to specific Regulations aimed at preserving the road and the surrounding area, and at ensuring the safety of those who access it (walkers, cyclists and motor vehicles). Visitors must be aware of and respect the rules contained within them, determined by the conditions of the route (narrow roadway, lack of protective barriers, etc.) and marked by signage at the entrances to it and along it. The road can be reached by motor vehicle from six different access points: Limone Piemonte, Ormea-Upega di Briga Alta, Triora, Pigna, La Brigue and Tenda; and from the entrances in Valle Gesso and Valle Pesio, exclusively for experienced hikers and mountain bikers (in good physical condition).
Entrance is free of charge for hikers and cyclists, while the road is open to motor vehicles upon payment of a toll, payable here, or at the entrances in Limone Piemonte, Cabanaira, Bosco delle Navette, Ponte Giairetto and Briga Alta.
The stretch of the road between Loxe (Briga Alta) and Cabanaira (Limone Piemonte) is accessible only to motor vehicles (suitable for driving on unsealed mountain roads) in possession of a transit permit. 
The road is closed to motor vehicles all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is open every day to walkers and cyclists.
In the case of unforeseen circumstances – including weather conditions – affecting safety, the local authorities may nonetheless prohibit transit even to holders of valid permits.


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