The agro-forestry-pastoral road that leads to the refuge constitutes a splendid time trial in a fascinating naturalistic setting; for the more enterprising, there are spectacular freeride descents on old Alpine trails, with obstacles of varying difficulty.
In addition, the refuge, thanks to its partnership with Torino Bike Experience, offers MTB school, night tours with a guide, and competition events.
Colle della Roussa dal Colletto
Difference in altitude: 1860 m Altitude at arrival: 2017 m Distance: 36 km
From the small square of Pontepietra -Small hamlet of Giaveno- you immediately start pedaling uphill towards Colletto, always follow the dirt road and in about 7 km you will arrive at a crossroads, where on the left you will arrive in "one minute" at Colle Colletto, then take the crossroads and continue down a descent (path gta413) to the crossroads of the Quota Mille path and continue downhill and after a few hairpin bends, cross the Sangone and arrive at the campsite "I Pianas ". Then continue on the provincial road and d op o some hairpin bends reaches the road agro- silvo - pastorale where you follow the same path hiking, the first part in the woods has several asphalted sections with significant slopes, from after the junction for Palazzina Sertorio, the valley opens up and after the lower Sellery pasture the road has some disconnected and stony sections. After having reached the refuge and made a nice refreshment stop and continue towards Colle della Roussa in portage.
From Colle you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Val Chisone and look forward to the descent (for lovers of Freeride)
From Colle and up to the Refuge, the descent is very technical, a full one is recommended, yes crosses the carriage road you have already traveled up the hill, cross it and take the GTA QM 414 path that leads to the building Sertorio , here a long narrow path begins invaded by fixed stones and roots there are short ramps that force you to get off the bike with a certain frequency, subsequently, you cross the Rio Meinardo and proceed until you find again Colle Colletto ( reference point already traveled in ascent).
From Colle Colletto follow the sent . GTA 453. In the direction ROUTE , g iunti al borg o Baronea , between the houses take the last short stretch that takes you to Pontepietra near the car park.
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Rifugio Fontana Mura
Fontana Mura refuge with descent from path 414
Difference in altitude: 700 m Altitude at arrival: 1726 m Distance: 13 km.
From the car park next to the "I Pianas" campsite, continue on the asphalted road to the beginning of the agro- silvo - pastoral where you follow the same hiking trail, the first part in the woods has several asphalted sections with slopes relevant, from after the crossroads to Palazzina Sertorio, the valley opens up and after the lower Sellery pasture the road has some disconnected and stony sections. After passing the crossroads for the San Mauritio fort, you reach the Fontana Mura refuge.
For the descent take path 414 which rejoins the road after the lower Sellery, it is very technical, a full bike is recommended, there are anyway of portage tracts.