Discovering val Canè

Val Canè is one of Valle Camonica’s side valleys, which are part of Stelvio National Park. This valley belongs to the municipality of Vione and its upper part is rich in small lakes. The route chosen is marked by number 11 and is called “Stambec”, the name in local dialect for mountain or ibex goat, a very common animal on the mountains overlooking Val Canè. Clear indications for the route are positioned at each fork. Your starting point is Villa Dalegno where you park in the westernmost part of the village. You cycle between the houses; above the church, continue right on a cobbled street pedalling up to the top of the village. You then turn right again, follow a stretch with moderate slope and then face a series of hairpin turns which lead you to the village of Plas de Ves. A pleasant mid-mountain section, in the westbound direction, gives you the opportunity to rest your legs before facing the very demanding climb which leads to Prebalduino, an excellent panoramic spot.

Continuing on, you spot the Chigol cabins above you as you approach the beginning of the descent to the floor of Val Canè. Turn right and then complete the last stretch uphill to the picnic area of Cortebona and the nearby information centre of Stelvio National Park. Cross
the bridge over Fiumeclo stream and continue downhill on the dirt road passing through the houses of Ponte, Vallazzo, and ending at the Salna cabins. A nice descent leads you to the houses of Premia and then in the upper area of the village of Vione. It is here that you take the dirt road which passes by the little church of Sant’Alessandro and arrives at Molina and Lecanù in the municipality of Temù. To return to Villa Dalegno, take a beautiful and scenic mule track halfway up the mountain identified by the sign “Stambec”. The route begins near a crucifix and develops between meadows bordered by dry stone walls.


Point of departure and arrival: Villa Dalegno, altitude 1355 m

Length: 18 km

Difference in height: 451 m

Type of bicycle required: mountain bike

Difficulty: MEDIUM