GTAM - Stage 11 : Palanfrè - Agriturismo l'Agrifoglio
Grande traversée Alpi Marittime
GTAM - Stage 11 : Palanfrè - Agriturismo l'Agrifoglio

11. GTAM - Stage 11 : Palanfrè - Agriturismo l'Agrifoglio

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The old mountain houses, now in ruins, and the welcoming village of Vernante, with the famous facades of Pinocchio: a day suspended between the mountains of yesterday and the mountains of today
This long stage opens a window on traditional alpine architecture and the life of mountain people. Unfortunately, most of the hamlets crossed are often in ruins, while the characteristic rye straw roofs have often disappeared...


From the village of Palanfrè (1379 m) go down to the paved car park below. At the end of the car park follow a dirt track, then take the path to the left for Vernante.
After leaving the pastures, a traverse and steep beechwood hairpin bends lead to the collar of the seat of the Tetti Cucet.
Cross the Vallone di Franco, then enter the narrow Vallone di Pioccia.
You go through three steep ravines in succession, then, with the help of a few metal steps fixed on the rocks, you look at the stream in the main stream of the valley.
On the opposite side the path reaches Tetti Doni (1484 m, 1:50 hours from Palanfrè), then crosses two successive valleys, in the second of which you will find Tetti Bertaina.
A steep descent leads first to Tetti David, then to the modest Intaglio della Bercia. Returning to the woods, with a nice flat track you reach Tetti Colletta (1226 m, 0:50 hours from Tetti Doni).
You reach the dirt road at the service of the village, descending to the first hairpin bend. Take the path on the left that leads to the ridge between Vallon Secco and Val Grande and loses altitude in the beech forest.
The descent then leads to an obvious crossroads, where you turn right onto the steep dirt track.
Once in front of the entrance of a disused silica quarry, turn right again, descending to the paved road below.
Turn left until you reach the historic centre of Vernante (790 m, 1:10 hours from Tetti Colletta).
From corso Umberto I turn left into via Mistral as far as the junction for Tetti Cesa. Between the two paved roads, there is the path to Limone Piemonte.
Climb uphill to the Tetti Cesa, where you will find a dirt road.
At the first hairpin bend to the left, take the path in front, which crosses a ridge and leads onto a mule track.
Continue to the right, in the Salet Valley: the mule track loses altitude and you enter a forest track, go to the right and, crossed a stream on a bridge, take the path to the left.
Take a mule track and go to the right: after a stream, at the first fork, keep to the left.
Go uphill past the ridge that leads to the Vallone di Santa Lucia (on the ridge you ignore the path on the left) and, continuing forward, you reach the Tola Roofs.
Pass in succession two streams, the first on a bridge, the second ford, and you reach a paved road, which you follow to the right. The road skirts the Rulin Roofs (986 m, 1:15 hours from Vernante) and quickly loses altitude. Take the marked path on the left which, flat, touches the ruins of Tetti Pulenta and leads to a dirt road. Go left as far as the Riss Roofs (fountain).
Continue on the path and you will reach a dirt track, which you follow on the left as far as the Cabila Adreit roofs (990 m, 0:20 hours from the Rulin roofs, fountain). Walk uphill around the houses then, after a stream and a few ruins, with a sharp surge you get to the ruins of Tetti Buter.
Cross an unnamed collar and enter Vallone Ceresole. The path cuts downhill into the woods, then through meadows, and reaches the nearby paved road, which you follow to the right to Agriturismo l'Agrifoglio.
Departure : Palanfrè
Arrival : Agriturismo l'Agrifoglio
Towns crossed : Limone Piemonte, Vernante

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