Panoramic views from the Lagarot di Lourousa hike in Alpi Marittime National Park, Italy
Panoramic views from the Lagarot di Lourousa hike in Alpi Marittime National Park, Italy

Lagarot di Lourousa hike

Alpi Marittime Natural Park
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Lagarot di Lourousa hike

Distance: 6.1mi
Elevation: 2,687ft
Time: 4-5.5h

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As you hike through the larch forest, the trail will switchback an awful lot, although it isn’t steep. The path was built at the end of the nineteenth century to allow King Vittorio Emanuele II to ride on horseback while hunting chamois and ibex.

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Getting there

Make your way to Valdieri then drive 9.3mi to Terme di Valdieri, in the direction of the French Border. To reach the starting point, park the car in Terme di Valdieri, down to the left of the bridge. The path starts from the parking lot.

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When to do

May to end of October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, on site or in Terme di Valdieri

Toilets

Yes, in Terme di Valdieri

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Lagarot di Lourousa
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Route Description for Lagarot di Lourousa

The trail to the Lagarot starts from the parking and then crosses the stream over a little bridge.

From there, it switchbacks through a larch wood, up to 5906ft. Eventually, you’ll start to see the grasslands and the peaks around you.

The King’s path is soon visible. Bordered with stone walls, the low grade allowed the King to go up comfortably on his horse.

After a little over 1h, the larch forest thins and the rocky plain dominates the landscape. An ancient shepherd’s Rifugio remains as a vestige of past livestock activity, but nowadays you won’t find any sheep pasturing on these slopes.

Eventually you will reach the Lagarot, in the local dialect it means “little lakes”. In front of you is the impressive cliffs of the Corno Stella and the Canale di Lourousa, rich with geological and alpinist history. Their shape is in contrast with the soft landscape of the Lagarot.

The return is on the same path you came in on.

Insider Hints

  • From Lagarot you can continue to the Rifugio Morelli (7713ft), and then to the Colle of Chiapous (8310ft). From that point you can get off to the Chiotas Lake and reach the Rifugio Genova (6591ft).

  • If you arrive from Torino, visit the nice town of Cuneo. There are lots of beautiful buildings in Cuneo. The churches and piazzas are a gorgeous as you would expect.

  • There are two great Rifugio’s in the area, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, are the Rifugio Morelli or the Rifugio Genova. Rifugio Morelli has a good selection of wines; whereas Rifugio Genova is known for its polenta with sauces.

Comments

Francesco D. 10 months ago

One of the nicest places with a good mountain view.

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Udo Huber 11 months ago

Nice winding trail. Beautiful and quiet forest landscape.

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FdChiking 11 months ago

Nice trail. Beautiful larch forest and peaks that you can see around you.

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TeddyBear 12 months ago

A nice quiet walk suitable for everyone, unique landscape and panoramic views

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Rolando Acciaio 12 months ago

I've been there more than once and it's always my best destination in Alpi

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Gilberto Fattore 12 months ago

beautiful lake and this nature place always has its charm

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Alexis Schweitzer 12 months ago

Fantastic mountain scenery on a mid-altitude plateau

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MountainPaw 1 year ago

Beautiful scenery with a beautiful summer walk

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Greenworld88 1 year ago

Hiking through the larch forest was a great experience. It was the most relaxing part of the trek that I truly enjoyed.

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Matilda86 1 year ago

nice hike and it wasn't too steep

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