Talosio - Colle Crest

Starting place: 
Starting altitude: 
1225 m
Arrival place: 
Colle Crest
Arrival altitude: 
2050 m
Trail sign: 
4,5 km
E - Hiking - See difficulty scale
Walking time: 
Going: 2.45 - Return: 1.45
Support points: 

Accommodation structures:

  • GTA of Talosio: stopover point.


The hamlet Talosio, in Ribordone Village, is situated along the SP 49, the road that goes up to the Ribordone Valley from Sparone.


Passing the houses of Talosio, after the T. Ribordone (creek), you arrive to Prascondù Sanctuary. The route to reach this place goes through long stretches along the mule track, bordered by dry stonewalls and rows of trees.


Beyond the Sanctuary, the route continues along the valley floor, trough pastures, now rarely grazed, and through woods with a prevalence of birch trees, which have gradually colonized them.

Climbing the slope, you reach the Alpe Barlan, the ridge that divides the top from the valley. Here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the high Ribordone Valley.

Here we find the pear tree. This is the same species encountered along itinerary 561, on the stretch Alpe Arzola-Posio, here in the same Valley. Its rare presence testifies to the surfacing of a calcareous rocky substratum, evident if you look at the panoramic crest just below the Alpe Roc, where calcareous lithologies, with their typical white color, emerge from the profile of the ridge.

On the ridge side a small cavity exists, created by karstic features. This is a kind of cavern composed of some chambers and called “Boo d’la Faja.

A little farther on, the Alpi Roc ( a group of huts) allows a break before the final steep trail extending towards Colle Crest, and offers a wide panoramic view.

Climbing Colle Crest slope, taking a careful look over the valley, in given light conditions, you can see signs of geomorphologic modeling preserved on the slopes.

The top of Colle Crest presents a beautiful view over the Soana Valley, but even a change in environment and landscape features: In fact, we pass from regular morphologies, with poor south facing prairies, to a north facing side, morphologically rugged (the autumnal snow marks a different climatic condition) and covered by quite a thick green alder brush.