The Monte Pasubio is really worth to be climbed ... historical memories, landscapes, great variety of environments and flora ecc.
The most famous route to get the Generale Papa refuge (Porte del Pasubio) is, without doubts, the Strada delle Gallerie
(Road of Tunnels
): very fine, yes, very interesting, yes ... but with 2 little imperfections (as for my feelings of course) :
- not so much panoramic : only the second half, on the ridge, gives space to the sight
- a little off the beaten track ... so if you decide to come down along one of the fine paths/routes to Pian delle Fugazze, you have to walk a lot to get back the car.
So, once done the Strada delle Gallerie the best way to get back is the Strada degli Scarrubi
(some say Scarubbi)
it is a real, unpaved, road (along this road in the far november 1977 I went, driving my car, to Rifugio Papa), very panoramic on the Acqua Fredda valley (in the high part) and on the very steep east side of the Canevon di Campiglia.
Now only Rifugio Papa wardens can drive a car there, we, poor normal people, must walk along it ...
If someone wants to make the anticlockwise trip (Scarrubi on - Gallerie down):
The starting point of the road/route is the same as for Strada delle Gallerie : same car parking !
So : Passo Xomo (1058m), 1,5 km of road up to Bocchetta Campiglia (1216m).
On the left the Strada delle Gallerie, straight on the Strada degli Scarrubi.
|Down for some hundreds meters to the fork for Malga Campiglia, now on along the wide channel of Caneve di Campiglia, 6km and 12 hairpin bends lead to the high part (very fine views)|
Now the road goes on flat for about 1 km, somewhere digged in the rocks above the Scarrubi needles (some danger of stone falls and small landslides in spring)
|Now the road goes on up to the Porte del Pasubio with fine views on the central part of the massif.|
A small advice :
- the short cuts in the Canevon di Campiglia don't allow to save much time but your knees will ask you why you decided to abandon the road ...
- the last shortcut looks shrewd ... crossing to the right the woods and avoiding to loose altitude and need to regain it ... false!
so ... follow the road walking with your hands in your pockets
... and a good supply of water ...