Panorama from the Rifugio Garelli hike in Alpi Marittime National Park, Italy
Panorama from the Rifugio Garelli hike in Alpi Marittime National Park, Italy

Rifugio Garelli hike

Alpi Marittime Natural Park
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Rifugio Garelli hike

Distance: 6.5mi
Elevation: 5,102ft
Time: 6-7h

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One of the many great Rifugios to hike to, the Garelli Rifugio is the only Rifugio in Valle Pesio. From its windows you can enjoy the view of Punta Marguareis, a limestone mountain in the center of the Ligurian Alps. In the mountain water and time have carved some crevasses that are 2297ft deep. From the Garelli Rifugio, you can get to France, or to the Vermenagna and Ellero valleys.

Rifugio Garelli hike Map

Getting there

Make your way to Chiusa Pesio then go straight through it. After 6.2mi you’ll arrive at the Certosa di Pesio. You’ll pass the bridge on the left and you go straight for 2.5mi more, until Rifugio Pian delle Gorre (3386ft).

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When to do

June to end of October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, in Pian delle Gorre

Toilets

Yes, in Pian delle Gorre or in the Rifugio

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Rifugio Garelli
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Route Description for Rifugio Garelli

From the parking at Rifugio Pian delle Gorre you’ll walk past the Rifugio. From the open grassy area, you’ll find the trail to the left of the Rifugio. The path goes through one of the oldest forests in the area, and it’s a pleasure to walk between these giants any season.

After 30-45 minutes you’ll reach the Gias Sottano di Sestrera (4400ft). “Gias” means shelter for animals, but it’s obvious this structure no longer serves that purpose.

The trail continues in the woods and shrubbery to get to the Gias Soprano di Sestrera (6060ft). The Rifugio Garelli, at 6450ft high, is visible from the Gias and you can reach it after 20-30 minutes of walking.

The views from the Rifugio are amazing. The limestone cliffs of Monte Marguareis dominate the scenery. In July, all along the green mountain prairies, you’ll see purple rhododendron.

The route back is just you came or, if you prefer, you can take the path that goes into the Vallone del Marguareis.

Insider Hints

  • From the Rifugio you can walk to the Porta Sestrera and the Rifugio Mondovì in Valle Ellero.

  • Alpinists can climb to the peak, through the Canalino dei Genovesi.

  • The forest of big firs you walked through was managed by the Carthusians starting in 1173. Later the Consolata Fathers Order bought the land and the forest, and, now finally, the Valle Pesio Natural Park manages them.

  • The Rifugio was built in 1950, but burned in 1987. In 1991 it was fully restored.

  • Check out the Marguareis Natural Park’s website for more details.

Comments

Tom Zugberg 10 months ago

The trail was amazing and Rifugio Garelli where you can come back happily every summer

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Matilda86 10 months ago

Really nice hike and nice views

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Alexis Schweitzer 12 months ago

A perfect destination for a nice summer walk

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Greenworld88 12 months ago

Great workout. The rocky and steep ascend really burned the fats in my body. Bring lots of water to avoid getting dehydrated.

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Larry I. 1 year ago

It's a beautiful hike! I've got to take amazing photos, and they all look great!

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claritam 2 years ago

Stunning panoramic views! A great place for rock climbing enthusuasts!

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Manny D. 2 years ago

Nice hike with steep and rocky terrain. It's quite challenging, but it's certainly doable.

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Chloe P. 2 years ago

Climbing up was challenging because of the steep grade. It's the type of hike that demands a certain level of physical fitness.

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Bridget Mcbride 2 years ago

It was a nice experience. There was hardly anyone on the trail while we were hiking. But we experienced some traffic because of the herd of sheep.

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Nelly Porter 2 years ago

Gorgeous scenery! The mountain peaks look astonishing. I highly recommend this hike!

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