OverviewThe Como lake (Lario) lies in the central part of Lombardia dividing the Western range of the Alps from the Eastern one.
This lake itself is divided into 2 branches by the "Triangolo Lariano", a kind of big peninsula that creates the Como branch (West) and the Lecco branch (East), this last branch ends in a strange way against a mountain : the Monte Barro that, even if not so high (less than 1000m) has however a prominence of more than 700m on the 3 main sides (E-N-W) and only 550m on the 4th one (S).
When driving on the highway 36 of Spluga pass ...
But when you see too many times a thing you don't mind at it, so can be strange starting to think at it as a real (low but not small) mountain.
Monte Barro is a wild mountain which rises from the plain between Lecco (E) and Valmadrera and Civate (W), and is the border of the Lake of Garlate (E) and the one of Annone (W).
The southern side ends on the saddle of Galbiate wherefrom, to South, starts the ridge of Monte Brianza.
The lower part of this mountain is covered by somewhere steep woods (on the N side some old abandoned quarries are now used for sport climbing), the high parts are mostly really steep and rocky (Dolomia principale) and the paths that cross the whole area give the only safe walk in it.
This mountain, due to its strategic positioning, hosts some important ancient ruins (the Goti had a base here) and has recently become a Park.
The approach to this mountain can be done from all its sides:
What to do ....
Coming down should be done retracing your steps.
Don't (don't) try to find shortcuts, this mountain has many tricky points.