hikes in Alpi Marittime Natural Park
Hiking in the Alpi Marittime Natural Park is a stunning way to experience a less visited part of the Alps. Located near the Mediterranean Sea and across the border from Mercantour National Park in France. The hiking in The Alpi Marittime is world class. The proximity to the ocean creates hikes with snow-capped mountains, dewy pastures, and fresh sea air.
As is customary in the Alps, many hikes involve stops at the Rifugios. We think having a hot drink and a perfect pastry is the best hiking reward. So, whether you want to climb mountains, trek through valleys or visit some alpine lakes, The Alpi Marittime is a spectacular hiking destination.
- Lagarot di Lourousaéan (9.8km, 819m, 4-5.5h): As you hike through the larch forest, the trail will switchback an awful lot, although it is an imperceptible slope. It was built at the end of the nineteenth century to allow King Vittorio Emanuele II to ride on horseback while hunting chamois and ibex. This is one of the best hikes in Italy in our opinion.
- Giro del Valasco (21.6km, 1511m, 10-12h): From the King’s Valasco hunting lodge, the walk rises to the military tracks, built by the Alpine army in the 30s. They served to replenish the “Vallo Alpino” war system, which today is a monument to man’s talent and abilities, as well as to the stupidity of war.
- Vallone Argentera (8.1km, 994m, 4-5h): The Argentera is a hike up the highest mountain in the Alpes-Marittime, with stunning views to match. Climbing into the valley of the same name and up to Rifugio Bozano, allows admiration of this majestic mountain. It is severe, harsh, and powerful.
- Rifugio Remondino (10.8km, 975m, 4-6h): This is a great day hike with great views. The Remondino Rifugio is also the trailhead for the South Argentera peak (3297m) the last of the Italian Alps’ great peaks.
- Gorge della Reina (9.2km, 655m, 3-5h): Behind Entracque, the “village between waters”, winds the trail that leads hikers to Monte Lausa and the Gorge della Reina (the canyon of the queen), a small canyon dug into the limestone.
- Il Piano del Praiet (13.8km, 710m, 5-7h): Il Piano del Praiet, at the foot of Mount Gelas, is a popular hike. You can see one of the last glaciers in the Alpi Marittime on this walk and once you reach the Colle di Finestra you can walk down into France on an old salt-smugglers’ trail.
- Lago del Vei del Bouc (16.3km, 979m, 5-7.5h): The Vei del Bouc Lake is one of the most beautiful lake hikes in Alpi Marittime Natural Park. There’s something special about going on a hike that ends at a lake. Even if you don’t go for a dip (it’s too cold for that!), it’s a refreshing reward for all your hard work.
- Rifugio Pagarì (22.1km, 1638m, 9-11h): The Pagarì Rifugio is the highest Rifugio that you can hike to in the Alpi Marittime. If you are looking for silence and a low impact philosophy a hike and stay here is perfect for you.
- Laghi Arbergh (11.1km, 879m, 5-7h): The Arbergh Valley (roughly translating to the high meadows) is a particularly interesting place to hike because you’ll walk past many different landscapes in a few kilometers, dominated by limestone, sandstone, beech forests, lush meadows, and more.
- Rifugio Gerelli (10.5km, 1555m, 6-7h): One of the many great Rifugios to hike to in Alpi Marittime. You can enjoy the view of Punta Marguareis, a limestone mountain in the center of the Ligurian Alps. From the Garelli Rifugio, you can get to France, or to the Vermenagna and Ellero valleys.
The best hikes in Alpi Marittime Natural Park
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