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a - BIKE - n.13: Montecrestese and the Agarina valley

THE FOLLOWING ROUTE REFERS TO THE MAP OF CYCLING ROUTES IN THE DISTRETTO TURISTICO DEI LAGHI MONTI E VALLI. A PRINTED VERSION IS AVAILABLE AT THE TOURIST OFFICES OF THE TERRITORY AND IN EBOOK FORM BY CLICKING HERE.

SEASON From May to October

A route to explore the villages of Montecrestese and of the wild Agarina valley. The route starts from the car park at the Montecrestese exit from the motorway. Following tarmac roads with low traffic you climb toward Montecrestese but before reaching the Church you turn right following the signs for Altoggio. At the beginning of the village turn left and starts to climb along the tarmac farm road (closed to vehicular traffic except for the farmers) that takes you from Altoggio up to Agarina. The road has some steep initial stretches and then continues halfway up the hill with gentle slopes and flat stretches up to Piedelpiaggio, then a series of steep hairpin bends (tarmac) lead to Agarina. From here you continue for another 3.3 km along a wide unmade path, recently constructed for a hydroelectric power plant project, which climbs further up the valley passing through Ponte Faugiol and reaches the small dam of Merlata with its small but attractive artificial lake. This additional section is reserved for mountain biking.

AUTHOR Alessandro Pirocchi

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