From Ponte di legno to rifugio Bozzi

Rifugio Bozzi hut in Valle
di Viso is one of the
most popular excursion
destinations in the entire
Valle Camonica. Bikers
can reach it through the
beautiful military road
which starts in Case di Viso:
an itinerary which will give
you full gratification for its
characteristics and setting.
From the northern part of
Ponte di Legno, where you can park near the fork for Zoanno, start pedalling on the road to Passo Gavia, pass the confluence of Oglio Frigidolfo (which comes from Valle delle Messi) and Oglio Arcanello (which descends from Valle di Viso), and a little further on, turn right at the indication for the village of Pezzo.
At the following fork, follow the road to the left towards Case di Viso. The road narrows as you pass above Pezzo and along the edge of the forest; despite some steep portions, the route is still easy (average incline 7 percent) and leads to a pleasant setting of meadows and pastures where you can observe deer and roe deer, until Case di Viso. This cluster of cabins has maintained a homogeneous appearance thanks to the choice to preserve the traditional architectural elements, with wood and stone well in sight.

After a couple of hairpin turns, the road reaches a large picnic area (Pra del Rum) in Stelvio National Park, with small lake Lago di Viso nearby. From here, you will need to step up you game to gain altitude on the series of turns on the ascending dirt road, which have a fairly consistent slope. The point of arrival is represented by the hut dedicated to the memory of Angelino Bozzi, an aspiring officer who was killed on nearby Torrione di Albiolo mountain in 1915. Around you, you can observe the remains of trenches and buildings of a military village restored by the Alpini, who converted one into a museum.

For the descent, you return to Case di Viso where you take the dirt road called “Tonalina” on the left, in the lower part of the village. First in the open and then inside the woods, you go downhill until you merge onto the fourth turn of the road to Passo Tonale. Turn right on this road and descend to Ponte di Legno.

 

Point of departure and arrival: Ponte di Legno, fork for Zoanno, altitude 1297 m

Length: 29 km

Difference in height: 1181 m

Type of bicycle required: mountain bike

Difficulty: EASY

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