Hiking in Liguria: Rocca dell’Abisso.

rocca dell'abisso  Dal Colle di Tenda (1871) follow westward the stock ex-military will shortly arrive in The Collection (1907).
The carriageable, now reduced to the trail, winding back the Piedmont side of Cima di Forte Pernante.

Not reach its summit continues flat cutting the hillside the northern slopes of Cima Salauta and Red Beak. You then come to the Lower ruler of Margheria (2079), marked the watershed Vermenagna saddle-Roia.

At the first bend you leave the military tratturo and we reach the picturesque pond path of the Abyss (2201). Just above you regain the former carriageable that cuts now rock face of Cima Giaura to emerge on the wide ridge at the Forte Giaura (2253) (in this section of the route some landslides, for the time being overcome quite easily, blocking the trail ).

We now go back to the green hill scree at the base of the summit. After crossing a valley of broken rocks, the trail climbs a zig-zag down the slope debris that leads to the northern shoulder of the Fortress of the Abyss.

In short, it earns the top of the south (2750) where there is a rocca dell'abisso mapmetal cross.

Finally, along a rocky ridge a little 'air (EE), we arrive at the top near the north (2755) which is also the highest elevation.

The Bric Mindino, the 'Antoroto, Pizzo d'Ormea, the Mongioie and Bric Conoia, Cima and Cima Pian delle Saline Ballaur are located on a chain of the Ligurian Alps rising suddenly from the valley to weld in Garessio Punta Marguareis with the alpine ridge from Ventimiglia. This chain is well located south of the deep groove of the Tanaro Valley that Garessio westward bend down to fractions of brigasche Carnino and Upega.
To the north, however, five ridges parallel and perpendicular to it down towards the plain then bifurcating into the same ridges separated by valleys of Monregalese Valley Mongia, Val Casotto, Valle Roburentello, Corsaglia Val, Val Maudagna, Valle Ellero Valley Lurisia and Pesio. The southern slopes of this mountain in the Alps have turned to Liguria and Val Tanaro is close to our region for culture and history so that Ligurian dialects are still spoken there. Bertrand La Cima and Cima Missun are located south of the Marguareis on the branch of the Alpine chain that runs to and entering Ventimiglia in Liguria on the top of Saccarello.

La Rocca Abyss, first pea of the Maritime Alps, stands guard at the Roya Valley. This beautiful valley, long disputed by the Savoy and the Republic of Genoa, was assigned to the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1815 and incorporated in the County of Nice. Typical Ligurian are the countries of Brig and Tent and Italian last names of the people who live there. The ridge hike from Colle di Tenda to the fortress of the Abyss follows the true ethnic and geographic borders of our region.

The mountains of the Apennines between Cirone Pass and the node of orographic Top Belfiore (on which converge the Magra river, the Secchia and Serchio) are easily accessible from La Spezia and for its history and culture are also close to our region. The Naked, the Alpe di Succiso and Casarola, the Sillara, the Lausanne and the Bragalata, the 'Orsaro and Marmagna Apennine mountains are very high and grim, on which in winter must be very careful

Rise time: 3 hours Total time: 5.45 am
Remains of military barracks just below the Tenda - June 23, 2005
La Rocca Abyss from Colle di Tenda
With an endless series of switchbacks the old stock ex-military tent down to Vievola High Valley Roia
The Fort Margheria
Patches of rhododendrons on the northern slope of the Cima di Forte Pernante
Around the Forte Pernante
The Lake of the Abyss
On the esplanade in front of the Fort Giaura
The Fort Giaura and the Rock of the Abyss
The Maritime Alps from the fortress of the Abyss
La Rocca Abyss by military mule track that cuts through the steep north face of Cima Giaura
On the old cattle track from the military at Fort Pond Abyss salt Giaura
The Lake of the Abyss
The north facade of the fort Pernante
Marching to the Lake of the Abyss
source: Immagini d’Italia

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