The departures of the routes are different; as well as from Mendatica and Triora, they can be carried out by S. Bernardo di Mendatica, Upega (Briga Alta) and Pigna.
From Triora: Triora (altitudine 720 m) – Passo della Guardia (altitudine 1.488 m) – Passo Garlenda (altitudine 2.016m) – Rifugio S. Remo (altitudine 2.054).
Distance: 15 km. The overall difference in height is 1,480 m, the average journey time is about 8 and a half hours.
Rifugio Sanremo (altitudine 2.054 m) – Monte Saccarello (altitudine 2.200 m) – P.sso Tanarello (altitudine 2.042 m) – Colla Rossa (altitudine 2.142 m) – Monte Bertrand (altitudine 2.482 m) – Colle Selle Vecchie (altitudine 2.099 m) – Colle dei Signori (Rifugio Don Barbera altitudine 2.070).
Distance: 17 Km. The difference in altitude is about 900 meters, the average journey time is 8 hours.
Colle dei Signori (Rifugio Don Barbera – altitudine 2.070 m) – Colle Selle Vecchie (altitudine 2.099 m) – Case Nivorina (altitudine 1.606 m) – Upega (altitudine 1.300 m).
Distance: 9 Km. Average travel time is 4 hours.
Upega (altitudine 1.300 m) – Colletta delle Salse (altitudine 1.623 m) – Margheria Binda (altitudine 1.610 m) – Valcona Soprana (altitudine 1.394 m) – Valcona Sottana (altitudine 1.237 m) – Ponte Tanarello (altitudine 1.041 m) – S. Bernardo di Mendatica (altitudine 1.265 m).
Distance: 17 Km. Average travel time is 8 hours.
From the historic center of Triora, follow the mule track until you reach the sign indicating the Ponte di Mauta. The route continues on the right, following the indication Loreto, but first it is best to get off for a very short distance (following the CETTA sign) to get to the Mauta Bridge, which offers a fantastic view of the river gorge. Here there is also a picnic area with wooden table and seats. The mule track arrives at the Sanctuary of Loreto. Nearby is the picturesque bridge – among the highest in Europe – and then continue towards the historic village of Cetta, continuing through thick forests of hornbeam and chestnut. When you reach the Colle Langan, the first Scots pines appear and the view becomes amazing, on the Argentina and Nervia Valleys and you finally see the sea.
Continuing it gradually decreases in altitude, until reaching a landscape that changes and becomes maritime, leaving room for dense olive groves, as you get closer to Pigna. The average travel time is about 6 hours and is suitable for a family user.
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA INTERESTED
The hiking route develops over the territories of Mendatica and Triora and presents a digression towards the Alta Val Tanaro and another towards Pigna.
Total length: About 83 km, divided into five stages.
Difficulty and distance: The first four stages, although not reserved for expert hikers, have differences in level and significant travel times (three stages require eight hours each and a quarter approximately half) are such as to require a decent preparation for walking in the mountains.
The stage number 5, from Pigna to Mendatica, is a less difficult hiking route, which in addition to connecting Triora (altitude 780 m) and Pigna (altitude 280 m), two inhabited centers of clear medieval structure, allows you to cross natural environments and deeply different landscapes, passing from the suggestive chestnut woods to the typical vegetation of the coast, strewn with olive trees. It is therefore also suitable for less trained users and is immersed in a typically hilly environment.