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Hike from lake Delle Fate to potholes of the giants in Val Quarazza


Val D'Ossola - Valle Anzasca

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length icon Length:
9.5 Km
time icon Our time:
3h00' walking
climb icon Total climb:
420 mt
height icon Min and max height:
1185 mt - 1515 mt
track there and back icon Type of track:
there and back
surface icon Surface:
panorama icon Panorama:
river - woods - mountains
coverage icon Cell network coverage:
very poor
winter icon Traced in winter:
bike icon Traced by bike:

The subglacial river has eroded and smoothened the stone for millennia, eventually creating the glacial potholes, also called potholes of the giants, nowadays visible along the river Quarazza. A natural spectacle that makes the power of the water visible in every bend. The itinerary, in fact, develops along river Quarazza, with the omonimous valley’s amphitheater in the background, placed on a side of Valle Anzasca.
The trails starts from Fornarelli, an hamlet of Macugnaga, where the gold mine Guia is set: the first Alpine mine museum open to the public.
Going up the valley, the small town of Quarazza is reached, where a few buildings are visible. Those that, due to their position, were not submerged by the water of lake Fate (Fairy lake), following the building of the dam in 1952.
The trail later reaches Crocette, also called “dead city”, an ancient settlement for the miners who worked in the gold mines of Quarazzola and Moriana. Here some houses and warehouses were built to shatter and wash the gold material, so much so that the area is heavily poisoned by cyanide, mercury and arsenic to the present day. Any contact with the soil is prohibited.
The itinerary eventually reaches Alpe Prelobia di Sotto: an ancient pasture still used to the present day.

WARNING: Alpe La Piana is not reachable proceeding after Alpe Prelobia di Sotto, and its trails can not be joined, because the bridge that crosses river Quarazza is no longer present (to this day, october 2022)

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