Breglia (752 m) – Rifugio Menaggio (1.383 m)

Route: from the bus stop at Breglia (752 m) cross the road and ascend the small road leading up to “Monti di Breglia” (sign indicating rifugio Menaggio). At the second bend, just beyond a fountain, you find the first shortcut to the right (sign Monti di Breglia – rifugio Menaggio). The steep trail ends up on the road again, which you cross to pick up the next shortcut. After 20 m at the electricity mast, continue to the right. The steep trail leads on the road once more, which you follow for about 300 m. Then you find the next shortcut to the left which leads across a field. Cross the road another time and follow the trail through the woods which leads on to the road at Monti di Breglia (996 m). After another 100 m you reach a picnic area with fountain and beautiful view (you deserve a rest). Here you leave the road and follow the trail over some rocks up to the left (sign). Once on this trail you continue to follow the signs. You reach an open space used as parking area which you cross and the pick up the trail to the left. At the junction where you find the metal trail sign we recommend the “sentiero alto” to the right because of the better view (important notice: after heavy snow fall we strictly recommend the “sentiero basso” to the left). It leads among birch trees and broom up to the junction for S.Amate and Monte Bregagno. At this junction you keep to the left. The trail now leads along the slope and you soon reach the rifugio (1.40 hrs).
In another 15 minutes from the rifugio there is a viewpoint called “Pizzo Coppa” from where you have a view not only of Lake Como but also of the whole Menaggio valley with Lake Piano and Lake Lugano. You can go back to Breglia the same way you came or over the more steep sentiero basso.
Time of the ascent from Breglia to the rifugio: 2.15 hrs
Ascent: 631 m
Trail signs: red-white

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