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WARNING: trekking is not like walking! If you can't overcome a passage, go back!
Some of the tracks presented here are set along mountain trails where some passages may require holding to ropes or climbing short ladders, and may have exposed passages without safety protections. These tracts can be a serious danger if faced without the right equipment, awareness and physical condition.
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Trekking to Maria Luisa lodge

From Riale plain

Val D'Ossola - Val Formazza

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length icon Length:
8.5 Km
time icon Our time:
3h00' walking
2h30' by bike
climb icon Total climb:
450 mt
height icon Min and max height:
1730 mt - 2160 mt
track there and back icon Type of track:
there and back
surface icon Surface:
dirt road
panorama icon Panorama:
lakes - mountains
coverage icon Cell network coverage:
winter icon Traced in winter:
bike icon Traced by bike:

In the 30's, Busto Arsizio's CAI's members, who used to frequent the Toggia valley, decieded to promote this area of Val Formazza by building a lodge. Opened in 1937, it was built to pay respects to Maria Luisa Milani, deceased wife of the first president of Busto Arsizio's CAI (Italian Alpine Club).

The road leading to the lodge was built by Edison electric company, with the purpose of building the Toggia dam and Kastel dam. It's a dirt road in good conditions that goes up until San Giacomo pass.

Some hairpins can be "cut" following a trail. During winter, if the road is covered in snow, it's usually plowed and snowshoes are not needed.

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