Ascesa al Colle dei Signori
(difference in altitude: + 1.300m – about 6h)
From the Tenda station car park (altitude 827m), cross under the railway and take the small road to La Pia (IGN56 / palina 58), which climbs the Refrei torrent up to the IGN306 pole. Turn onto the path on the left that crosses a valley and continue straight (paln IGN322) to reach the Granges of La Pia (IGN318 palina). The trail rises sharply up to Castel Tournou (IGN317 pole). Go straight (IGN315 / 314) and then proceed northwards to reach the stables de Malabergue (IGN323 pole). Turn left to reach a ledge, then turn right to reach Colle dei Signori (2.111 m altitude, IGN327 pole) and below, on the Italian side, you can see the Don Barbera Refuge (altitude 2.079 m). To reach the Morgantini Refuge, turn left at the IGN324 pole, pass the upper Gias di Malbergue (IGN325 tag) and reach the main path for Colle della Boaira (altitude 2.102 m, IGN236 pole). Follow it on the right for about 1.5 km to meet the deviation (north) that leads to the Refuge.
Salita a Forte Centrale
(difference in height: + 1,200 m – about 5h)
From the Tenda train station car park (altitude 827 m), cross under the railway to take the Route de La Pia, cross the Pont Saint Jacques and deviate at the level of the IGN56 pole on the Grande Randonnée route n. GR52A. Follow the GR52A signs passing the IGN328 and IGN334 poles (Basse di Lagouna altitude 1,677 m), Cima de Tavan (altitude 1,912 m), Forte Tabourde (altitude 1,982 m, paln IGN335). Keep left on the GR52A up to the IGN338 pole to finally reach the Central Fort at the IGN339 pole.
Tenda – Casterino dalla Cappella Saint Sauveur e la Roccia della Maïma
(difference in altitude +1.400 m – about 5h) steep path
Opposite the town hall (altitude 825 m), go up the Capitaine Auber road up to the remains of the castle (palnum IGN66). Follow the path that rises above the cemetery to get to the IGN67 pole then to the IGN68 pole. From this, a bifurcation gives access to the Saint Sauveur Chapel that dominates the town of Tende, through a steep path equipped with a handrail. After the IGN sign, continue on the Saint Sauveur Rocks to the IGN349 (altitude 1,492 m). Take the bifurcation on the left passing the IGN350 pole, and then reach the Colla Megiana (IGN351 palina). Continue along the trail following the IGN353 (altitude 1.939 m), passing under the Cima del Prete (2,142 m altitude), Monte Agnellino (altitude 2,201 m), IGN354 / 355 pole. Get off at the Baisse d’Ourne (altitude 2,040 m , paln IGN356). Follow the fork on the left and go down towards the Vallone di Casterino (IGN366 pole), then follow the valley on the left bank to reach Casterino.
Casterino – Forte Central dal picco di Barsenzane
(difference in height: + 900 m – about 5h)
Cross the Peyrefique bridge (altitude 1,543 m, IGN367 pole) in front of the Chamois d’Or hotel towards the IGN368 pole. Follow the path towards the IGN369 pole. Continue on the path to the Bassa di Peyrefique (altitude 2,028 m) and take the fork on the left path to the IGN371 pole. Then go up to the Bassa di Barchenzane and turn right at the IGN372 pole. At the IGN377 sign, turn left to go up towards the top of Barchenzane. To the IGN378 pole (altitude 2.238 m) continue on the trail passing the IGN379 (2,120 m altitude) towards the Giaure Fort (2,254 m altitude, IGN380 pole). Follow the trail on the ridge towards Forte Pernante and the Central Fort.
La Brigue – Balconata di Marta
(difference in height: + 1,500m – about 4h30)
Opposite the Town Hall (height 762 m), turn right in front of the Church of Saint Martin, take the Santa Maria Maddalena ascent (IGN44 palina). Follow the Grande Randonnée trail n. GR52A towards the Bassa di Arpèse (altitude 1,288 m paln IGN244), the Bassa di Peluna (altitude 1,279 m, palina IGN245), and the Bassa Gereon (altitude 1,254 m, palina IGN251). Then take the path on the right towards the IGN252 pole, then continue on the Rionard ridge to the IGN253 pole (altitude 1,998 m). Turn right towards the Balconata di Marta (altitude 2.122 m).
La Brigue – Passo di Collardente dal percorso di Frasches
(difference in height: +800 m – 3h30)
Follow the path of interpretation up to the Chapel Notre-Dame des Fontaines. Then take the path Frasches that climbs in front of the chapel (palina IGN266). Go past the IGN268 / 269 pole and reach the Collardente Pass at the IGN270 pole (altitude 1.599 m).
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA INTERESTED
The proposed itineraries are particularly interesting as they start from two very pleasant inhabited centers such as Tenda and La Brigue, touching very suggestive places and spreading mainly on the territories of the two French municipalities, in some cases up to the border with Italy towards the Colle di Tenda, the Colle dei Signori, along the Alta Via del Sale, which represents the junction point of the various routes.
Total length: These are six stages for which the duration of the journey in hours are indicated from time to time. The proposals alternate departures from Tenda or from La Brigue.
Difficulty and distance: Walking tours ranging from three and a half hours to six hours of walking on the trail. The assessment, depending on the ability of those who are about to travel, must be weighted above all through the indication of the total difference in height that varies between 800 and 1,500 meters.