IL RIFUGIO È RAGGIUNGIBILE SOLO A PIEDI O IN MTB
Road access through Forno di Coazze
From Turin, take the highway to the Frejus tunnel (A 32) to reach Avigliana, then take the SP 589 towards the lakes of Avigliana. At the roundabout after the tunnel continue towards Giaveno with the SP 190; cross the center of Giaveno and at the roundabout continue towards Coazze. After a few kilometers, leave the road to Coazze on the right and continue towards Forno.
Continue on the same road, leave the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Lourdes on the left, and pass the "I Pianass" campsite. After a few hairpin bends you reach the agro-forestry-pastoral road, where there are several notice boards including ours and the car can be left here.
--IMPORTANTE-- Sul navigatore impostare: RIFUGIO FONTANA MURA e vi farà fermare proprio alle bacheche dove inizia il percorso a piedi.
MAIN summer and winter hiking route
Dal parcheggio si procede a piedi lungo la strada sterrata. Durante il percorso si incontra l’area attrezzata vicino alla suggestiva cascata Loja scura. All’uscita del bosco si lascia a sinistra il sentiero per la palazzina Sertorio, Osservatorio per l’ambiente e si prosegue sempre sulla casereccia.
Follow the road uphill until the third bend. From here you can decide whether to continue on the road passing from the lower Sellery pasture (longer but slightly easier route) or take the path (sign Alpe Sellery upper 414) which is high on the stream, then goes down to cross it, and starts again at climb a ridge among the pastures. Without being fooled by the traces of cattle, head towards the buildings of the refuge (1726 m). From the refuge it is then possible to follow various itineraries including the path that rises between the pastures with numerous bends always towards the west, until you reach Colle La Roussa (2019 m, 1 hour; sign 414-7). The panorama over the plain, over Val Sangone and towards Val Chisone is remarkable.
Hiking trail from Forno di Coazze path QUOTA MILLE
After parking the car at the "I Pianas" campsite square (immediately after Forno di Coazze), take the small road on the left immediately after the campsite, cross the Sangone (difficult passage if the river is in flood) and continue on the dirt road, you start to climb and after passing a dilapidated building take the path gta QM / 414 on the right just before the junction that leads to Case Pisi.
Continue along the path, cross the Meinardo stream and reach the Prese Meinardo at an altitude of 1350 m, after which you arrive at the Palazzina Sertorio refuge (always managed by us) in Pian Tolone, built in 1909 by the Knight Luchino Sertorio, owner of the Coazze paper mills, it was used as a hunting lodge, and was also the scene of a bitter clash during the roundup on May 10, 1944. After passing the building, go down towards the Sangone and reach the agro-forestry-pastoral road on which to continue. to reach the refuge. (see main itinerary)
Percorso escursionistico da Gran Faetto (Val Chisone)
Once in Villaretto, take the road on the right that leads to the hamlets of Piccolo Faetto and Gran Faetto where you can park.
The road continues unpaved up to the hamlet of Colletto, but in the current state of maintenance it is not passable by normal cars.
Continue on the dirt road that climbs to the right towards S-E (signs for Prato del Colle). You take altitude with some hairpin bends and you reach the Colletto. After that, continue on the dirt road to the point where, after a mountain pasture, at a hairpin bend the GTA path (arrow) branches off to the right which, well marked, climbs up with an easy path through beautiful larch and pine woods. up to the Roussa pass. From here you descend towards the refuge on a well-marked path.