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Torrente Belviso

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Climb to a high alpine lake nestled amongst 2,500 meter peaks, then enjoy an easy ride along the perimeter of the lake.


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6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

Doubletrack

5,547' 1,691 m

High

3,127' 953 m

Low

2,541' 774 m

Up

121' 37 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Description

Starting from via Liscedo at a small dam of the Torrente Belviso (stream), you'll climb steadily up this forest (gravel, partially paved along the climb) road through a peaceful forest all the while with the Torrente Belviso to your left. After 4 km (2.4 mi.) and 300 m (1000 ft.) of climbing, you'll reach a clearing. In the clearing there is the Rifiguio Cristina (mountain hut) which is a good place to stop for a hearty meal and/or beverage before continuing the climb. After the rifugio, there are another 250 m (800 ft.) of climbing up to the level of the lake in about 1.8 km (1.1 mi.).

You'll know you are finally reaching the lake when you cross a bridge over the Torrente Belviso as you approach another dam, which is guarded by several gnomes cut into tree stumps. From this point, it is still 1 km (0.6 mi.) to the dam, including the steepest part of the climb. After you pass the dam, you've earned an easy 3.2 km (2 mi.) spell on the gravel road that runs along the eastern shore of the lake. Meanwhile, 2,500 m (8,200 ft.) peaks tower above the lake on either side.

At the far end of the lake you can continue climbing along the road if you wish. The road continues about 1.6 km (1 mi), climbing another 180 m (600 ft.). A singletrack continues beyond the end of the road, eventually climbing another 700 m (2300 ft.) to the Passo del Vo' (pass). The singletrack probably isn't recommended for bikes.

Come during snow melt season, and you'll see quite a number of waterfalls coming down from the mountains on both sides of the trail. One or two of them will run over the path into the lake, and you'll have to ford them.

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The snowpack releases its grip in late spring at the far end of Lago Belviso
Apr 29, 2018 near Aprica, IT
One of the many waterfalls you can expect to see in late spring feeding the Torrente Belviso
Apr 29, 2018 near Aprica, IT

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