Colle della Croce
Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/03 to 30/04
Departure:MORGEX: Colle San Carlo (1971 m)
Arrival:Becca France (2381 m)
Difference in level:410 m
Duration coming back:1h45
How to get there
Morgex highway exit: turn left and take SS26. After about 600 m, take SR39 towards Colle San Carlo: at the hill, park your car in front of the “La Genzianella” hotel.
Magnificent spring excursion on the ridges over Lake d’Arpy. From the lake, climb the Arpy valley to the hill and its rugged fortifications.
Description of the route
From the parking lot, follow the signs for Lake d’Arpy. Enter the fir woods to the fork between paths 15 and 16: continue on the summer path 15 to the left to Lake d’Arpy.
Continue around the snow-covered lake on the right, starting to climb through the sparse larch wood. Follow any marking you find to the first rather steep peak. This leads to a delightful plain where you can see your final destination. Cross it, switching-back to take in all the pleasures of this winter hike, until you reach the last peak before the hill. Climb the bends in the ridge to the fortifications, usually covered in snow: a last push and you’re finally at the Col de la Croix.
The route should only be taken in the spring and in stable snow conditions.