The Northen Grigna peak is the highest of the Grigne group with its 2410 m. It is an arrival point of many itineraries and it offers a wonderful landscape on Alps and Prealps. In this listing we suggest the slope along the itinerary Balisio , Sacro Cuore Church , Pialeral , Brioschi following the trails 31 and then 33.
You can start from Basilio in Ballabio ( 720 m ), or you can reach by car the chapel of Sacro Cuore ( about 820 m ), along a an about 3 km dirt road. Alternatively you can go to Pialeral from Pasturo. You reach Cova Alp and then Rifugio Antonietta ( hut ) in Pialeral ( 1365 m ), between landscapes on Pizzo Tre Signori , Grignetta , Grignone and Zuccone Campelli. You walk in a wood , following a steep path between rocks. You go on between grasslands , following the maximum inclination line until you see a rock that serves as a crossroad for the summer route and the winter route ( red inscription ).
Summer route: Travel time 3 hours and 30, Difficulty E ( Excursionist )
If you decide to proceed with the summer route , the trail has since the beginning a sustained inclination. The path develops just below the crest that with steep rising gradients leads to Bocchetta of Releccio ( 2263 m ), after a last steep bound , you reach some steps that lead to the observation deck of Rifugio Brioschi ( 2410 m ).
In the peak you can find a little Church in glass that is dedicated to St. Mary of the paths , the peak cross and a sort of cylinder that presents the names of the tops and of the locations that you can admire , its high and the direction in wich you have to see.
Winter route: Travel time 4 hours and 30 Difficulty A ( Alpinist ) – Easy itinerary for alpinists with different levels of difficulty according to the conditions of enneigement.
The winter choise , instead , goes on from Baite dei Comolli and Bivacco Riva Girani ( 1830 m ), through a very steep rap , called wailing wall , until the Grignone north – east crest. This is the more challenging part of the itinerary because of the slope that reach 45 grades and of the eventual accumulation of snow that you can find ; for this reason it is necessary to carry with you the proper equipment ( crampons and pick ).
Discover also the route from Cainallo to the Northen Grigna peak.
Photos by Ermes Malvisi, Giacomo Perrucchini and from the sites www.ilpiaceredellamontagna.it and www.adelinatiziano.blogspot.com