Cycle route has a good difference in height (from 1,263 m of the starting point to 2,200 m of Monte Saccarello), covering for a good part the territory included in the Regional Park of the Ligurian Alps.
Starting from Mendatica we reach the locality of San Bernardo di Mendatica (altitude 1,263 m). After passing San Bernardo, follow the path that leads to Colle di Garezzo, entering the Park area. From here you can follow two routes: you can climb to Monte Frontè and pass the homonymous pass (altitude 2,090 m) to continue for a stretch along the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, until reaching the Statue of the Redeemer, on the mountain Saccarello.
A variation to the main route allows instead to reach the locality of Monesi di Triora.
Alternatively, from Monte Saccarello, you can go down towards the Collardente, in French territory. From this point you can continue in France, along a variation up to the Municipality of La Brigue, or, on Italian territory, descend towards the village of Realdo.
Another solution gives the possibility to continue and, through Verdeggia (fraction of Triora), to return to Passo della Guardia (altitude 1.461 m); alternatively, from the Colle di Garezzo a lower altitude is maintained and you can directly reach the Passo della Guardia with a shorter and less demanding route. From Passo della Guardia continue towards Passo del Pellegrino (altitude 1,388 m), Passo di Gorda (altitude 1,252 m), Monte Trono (altitude 1,182 m) up to the town of Triora.
Along the way there are the Rifugio Sanremo (unguarded) on Mount Saccarello (the highest in Liguria) and a bed & breakfast in the village of Verdeggia, in addition to the facilities in Triora and Mendatica.
Other local itineraries can be intercepted from the route, including:
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA INTERESTED
The area covered by the itinerary is a portion of a cross-border area between Liguria and France; it mainly develops between the municipalities of Mendatica and Triora and is mostly located in the Park area.
Total length: 30 km. The departure is scheduled from the town of Mendatica, in the Valle Arroscia, (altitude 778 m); while arriving in the historic center of Triora (altitude 780 m), in Valle Argentina.
Difficulty and distance: The itinerary, which can be used during the summer period, does not present particular difficulty in traveling; it takes about six hours and is suitable for an average trained user.