A classic and well known walk , really suitable to everyone , able to give different emotions in every season of the year. Time needed : approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes, easy.
The itinerary , very popular in summer for walking and cycling , is also suitable for snowshoeing and ski touring. It offers remarkable views over Grigna , Mount Muggio , Pizzo Tre Signori , Valsassina and Lake Como.
Go by car to the car park in Alpe Paglio , from there take the path on the right leading to Pian delle Betulle and reach the nice resort in about 15 minutes walk through the beautiful wood of beech and birch trees. Don’t go towards the small church , but immediately take the path going through the huge lawn , heading straight toward the Grigna. From here the path goes into the wood and in just a few minutes it joins the agricultural , farming and woodland road ; a short detour can be taken to the pastures of Ortighera and Oro.
The road , all exposed in the sun , will take us to Lares Brusaa in approx. 30 minutes. On the way the view is open over the valley and the Lake Como mountains.
Once the Burnt Larch is reached ( in dialect it’s called ” Lares Brusaa “) there are a few picnic tables and a beautiful chapel dedicated to the fallen soldiers with a large lawn , ideal for a relaxing break. From here the view is magnificent.
The first Sunday of August takes place a traditional party organized by the Pro Loco in Crandola , with the Holy Mass and lunch shared with people.
The road continues passing Lares Brusaa and from there it’s possible to reach Alpe Ombrega and the itineraries to Val Biandino , Santa Rita mountain hut , Pizzo dei Tre Signori and Valvarrone.
A nice alternative path on the way back is the ascent from Lares Brusaa to Cimone di Margno ( the path starts nearby the picnic tables ) and then down to Paglio along the ski slope. This itinerary can also be traveled with snowshoes or ski touring.