B11 Meridiane Freeride
- Departure/arrival location: Piano Quinto/ Piano Quinto
- Difficulty: Climb: MC, Descent: OC Exposure: E3
- Length: 15.4 km
- Drop: 620 m.
- Departure altitude: 694 m asl.
- Maximum altitude: 1226 m asl.
- Terrain type: 50% asphalt, 50% gravel, approx.
- Type of route: ring route, passing through Beguda, Borgo San Dalmazzo,
- Cartography: Fraternali Map 1: 25000 N.14, Bassa Valle Stura, MTB map
The downhill path takes its name from the starting area, located at “Piazzetta degli orologi solari” (Solar Clocks square). To reach the start of the trail, starting from Pian Quinto (start of the tour), we go up following Borgo San Dalmazzo, to Tetto Pilone (1050 meters above sea level) also accessible by car via paved road: From here on, motor vehicles are not allowed. We continue, first on asphalt and then on a gravel road, towards Saben/Tetti Firet/Via delle Meridiane (Signs), arrived at a crossroads, we leave the road on the left which continues slightly downhill towards Monte Saben (sign) and turn right uphill, towards Monte Croce-Via delle Meridiane, passing alongside curious works depicting cyclists and lumberjacks working, and the panoramic trunk, (open it!) arriving shortly afterwards at the small square of the solar clocks, (ignore the prohibition signs and “video surveillance area” placed before the hut) from here we can enjoy a fantastic panorama! On the left towards Valle Stura di Demonte, and on the right towards Valle Gesso. If we continue, the road becomes a trail, and along a fun up and down ridge we reach Monte Croce, from where the trail with the same name begins. To take this trail, we need to retrace our steps, downhill about 30 meters, and take the path on the right (Mtbvallestura and MTB + square sign) before the hairpin bend to the left of the road (wooden house “l ‘Rucciarund) we will begin a succession of adrenaline steeps and technical banks, first in beech wood, which soon will leave the way to a suggestive larch wood. Once we arrive at a 2×2 meters road gap (avoidable), the most demanding part ends and a flow begins, always in the larches. It is fun but it requires the rider to be very technical. There is also a fantastic toboggan and several fast sections, in conifers, in beech and chestnut woods, to complete one of the most beautiful enduro-freeride MTB trails in Cuneo area. Arrival at Frazione Bedoira di Gaiola, on the military road, which we ride in the direction to Piano Quinto to return to the starting point. Have fun!
All the paths are frequented by hikers on foot, pay attention especially on descents: THE PEDESTRIAN ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY.
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