Gorge della Reina hike
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. While you hike the slopes, you can see many species of wild orchids.
When you arrive in Valdieri go straight and after 1.2mi go left to Entracque. When you arrive in the village, park the car behind the church, a few meters right of the service station.
|When to do|
April to the end of October
Yes, in Entracque
Yes, at Entracque
Out and back
Gorge della Reina
Route Description for Gorge della Reina
From the parking near the little church, to the left you’ll see a road that goes up. Take this road, and go ahead until you see another little church, Sant’Antonio. On the left there’s a little road you’ll take, that goes up between two new villas. After a few meters it becomes a dirt road.
The path winds its way up and, after a panoramic traverse, arrives at a crossroad with the Stramodin path. Go straight and continue on the path until a little bridge.
After few meters you’ll cross a dirt road. Take the left and follow the signs for “Gorge della Reina”.
The road goes up and after 328ft you’ll arrive at another crossroad: take a right. The path becomes narrow as it threads between two little walls.
After 15min you’ll arrive at another crossroad, take a left. After that crossroad, on the right, there’s the path that enters into the Gorge della Reina (3773ft).
The canyon is spectacular, although it has tight dimensions. In spring or during heavy rain the extra water in the river might make it hard to gain access to the Canyon. Take precautions when entering.
After the visit through the canyon, take the path that goes up on the right. In May and June you can find a lot of wild orchids in this area.
You will eventually arrive at Tetti Stramondin (4029ft). These are some ruins of an ancient hamlet. Over the pass in the woods, you’ll go down and to the right, towards “Colletto della Lausa”.
In less than 30 minutes, you’ll reach another pass (4413ft), and you’ll enter a larch forest.
The path goes down numerous bends, and shows off some views of what the Alpi Marittime Park and the village of Entracque have to offer.
At the end, you’ll have great views of Entracque, the Piastra dam, the Vallne Barra and the Lausetto mountain in front of you.
The path back to Entracque will be easy to follow and should bring you back on the other side of town. Walk down the main street until you find that first church you saw coming in and the rest should be familiar.
From Entracque you can go walking, mountain biking, or swimming, making it a great base camp.
For a good hotel try Hotel Trois Etoiles. Most rooms have wood paneling. They feel very authentic.
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