Canyon della Val Gargassa (Parco del Beigua)

DifficultyMedium - High
Time3h 30'
Lenght km.9,800
Signssegnavia val gargassa+segnavia valgargassa

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September 9, 2012
passaggio sulla roccia val gargassa

It 'a beautiful Sunday in September and we decided to head towards the Beigua Park to discover the famous Val Gargassa.

We Released at the exit of Masone, proceed to Campo Ligure, and then Rossiglione looking for directions to the municipal stadium (starting point of our journey), we meet a few km after in the direction of Tiglieto. It is a small road on the left, not too obvious.

Park the car in the yard, we immediately notice, on the left, a group of hikers near the panel with all the indications of the Park ... this is the beginning of the path.
After going through a cool forest of chestnut and hazelnut trees, we are immediately surrounded by scenario very special: the path passes directly on the rock (in the most demanding is equipped with chains) along the stream Gargassa. This section is particularly suggestive for the presence of numerous small lakes, surrounded by majestic rocks, which, with their clear water (and fresh!) Are an irresistible invitation to take a bath.

case vereiraAfter "waded" (being the dry season, we had no problems, but probably in the winter the pass is a little more challenging) a small river we start the first part of the real hill in the woods that leads to a second stream. You do not notice immediately the trail, which are a little faded, but cross the river and on the other hand, we see a path that goes in the middle of a dry stone wall.

We arrive at a field level and, ignoring the sign "nature trail" (the way back), continue to the left to Case Veirera, a small group of houses, one restored, perhaps used as a refuge. Here we find and follow the signs for "Source sulphurous", where you arrive after about 20 minutes through a forest and then a stream.

presso sorgente sulfurea

Thanks to the straight of a group of guys returning from the source we find her. It is a small tube from which water flows unmistakable smell of sulfur, and, descending the stream, is located in the lower left.

Captured by peace and untouched nature of this part of the park, we decided to give us a break to freshen up in the pond, populated by numerous fish, and for refreshment with a nice piece of focaccia.

To continue our loop, retrace the same path to Case Vereira, and this time, we follow the "nature trail", marked by three yellow dots.

After going through that, in that period of rain is probably a stream, but in the summer is dry, the trail climbs, quite steep in the woods. Going up the landscape becomes more and more barren, the trail becomes rocky and, in short, we find ourselves in the middle of the canyon to walk on the rock characterized, in some places, a yellow color due to the presence of lichens. From this point his eyes come to embrace the whole valley and enjoy a truly unique and extraordinary far from the typical landscapes of Liguria. canyon valgargassa

We come then to a short stretch of the trail, the more narrow, exposed equipped with chains recommend that only experienced hikers. In our opinion (simple walkers Sunday) is not particularly difficult if you do not afraid of heights and, of course, is faced with due caution.

The trail then begins to fall and through the woods, and come to another small stream. We cross it and continue to the right, along a private property to get to a gate, closing it behind him that we pass as we do with the next. From here we follow a yellow ball through a rocky path leads us back to square on the opposite side from where we started.

Our tour ends with a visit to the ancient town of Campo Ligure, famous for its production and the Museum of the watermark, where we climb up to Spinola Castle, situated in a panoramic position.

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 Advice:

- Along the way, there are not sources of drinking water so bring a good supply.

- For those who want to end the path with a bath is preferable to follow the loop in the opposite direction and leave it at the end of the lakes we encountered at the beginning of the trail (15 minutes from the field).

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