Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Hike from Baite di Mezzeno to Rifugio Laghi Gemelli

Left: Hike Route (view south). Right: View from the trail south, just before Passo di Mezzeno.
Hike Route (view south)View from the trail south, just before Passo di Mezzeno

Hike Notes

Length: 11.3 km round trip
Duration: 3 hours up to rifugio dei Laghi Gemelli (1961 m), 2 hours coming back
Elevation: ~ 1013 m ascent/descent, start at Baite di Mezzeno @ 1600 m, high point at passo di Mezzeno @ 2142 m
Location: Italy, Lombardy, Bergamo Province, Alta Valle Brembana

Overview

This hike is Sentiero 215 from the CAI Bergamo site. We had a cool and cloudy hike day. We drove with friends to the the start point at Baite di Mezzeno (a mile or so before the parking, there is a machine where you pay a few euros to park). We saw some interesting flowers along the way and had a very good meal at the rifugio. Even though we are currently living in Bergamo, I don’t often choose polenta, which is almost always on the menu. At the rifugio I did and it was a very good.

There are many hiking and exploring options at the Baite di Mezzeno starting point, including a Sentiero dei Roccoli, Sentiero delle farfalle (butterflies), Sentiero dei fiori (flowers), and the Cattedrale Vegetale.

The information board for the Sentiero dei Fiori trail head lists the following plants that are found only in the area between Lago di Como and Lago di Garda, called “insubria” after the Insubres. We didn’t see any of these plants today.
  • Linaria bergamasca (Linaria tonzigii)
  • Caglio del monte Arera (Galium montis-arerae)
  • Sassifraga della Presolana (Saxifraga presolanenensis)
  • Meringia della Concarena (Moehringia concarenae)
  • Primula di Lombardia (Primula glaucescens)
  • Campanula dell’arcidua (Campanula raineri)
  • Minuartia della Grigna (Minuartia grignensis)
  • Aglio insubrico (Allium insubricum)

Some of the plants we did see today includes:

  • [Boraginaceae] Myosotis, or "forget me not" (in Italian non ti scordar di me)
  • [Gentianaceae] Gentiana acaulis (based on green inside rather than G. clusii.)
  • [Ericaceae] Rhododendron ferrugineum
  • [Fabaceae] Trifolium alpinum
  • [Lamiaceae] Ajuga pyramidalis
  • [Lentibulariaceae] Pinguicula vulgaris
  • [Primulaceae] Primula glaucescens
  • [Primulaceae] Soldanella alpina
  • [Polygonaceae] Rumex alpinus -  We thought it looked like rhubarb and sure enough a common name is monk's rhubarb.
  • [Ranunculaceae] Pulsatilla alpina subsp.
Left: [Fabaceae] Trifolium alpinum; Right: [Ericaceae] Rhododendron ferrugineum
[Fabaceae] Trifolium alpinum[Ericaceae] Rhododendron ferrugineum

Left: [Gentianaceae] Gentiana acaulis (based on green inside rather than G. clusii.); Center [Boraginaceae] Myosotis, or "forget me not" (in Italian non ti scordar di me); Right [Primulaceae] Soldanella alpina.
[Gentianaceae] Gentiana acaulis[Boraginaceae] Myosotis[Primulaceae] Soldanella alpina

Left: [Lamiaceae] Ajuga pyramidalis, Center: [Lentibulariaceae] Pinguicula vulgaris, Right: [Primulaceae] Primula glaucescens
[Lamiaceae] Ajuga pyramidalis[Lentibulariaceae] Pinguicula vulgaris[Primulaceae] Primula glaucescens

[Ranunculaceae] Pulsatilla alpina subsp.
[Ranunculaceae] Pulsatilla alpina subsp.[Ranunculaceae] Pulsatilla alpina subsp.[Ranunculaceae] Pulsatilla alpina subsp.

Left: Snout Beetle; Right: [Polygonaceae] Rumex alpinus along the trail.
Snout Beetle[Polygonaceae] Rumex alpinus along the trail

Trail markers on the way to Laghi Gemelli
Trail markers on the way to Laghi GemelliTrail markers on the way to Laghi GemelliTrail markers on the way to Laghi Gemelli

Views along the trail (sentiero 215).
Views along the trail (sentiero 215).Views along the trail (sentiero 215).Views along the trail (sentiero 215).

Left: Polenta with cheese, mushrooms, and cheese at Rifugio Laghi Gemelli; if only all polenta dishes where this good. Right: Rifugio Laghi Gemelli.
Polenta with cheese, mushrooms, and cheese at Rifugio Laghi GemelliRifugio Laghi Gemelli

Information at the trail head, including information on the Sentiero dei Fiori, information on the Sentiero dei Roccol, and the biodiversity of the mountains.
Information at the trail head, including information on the Sentiero dei Fiori, information on the Sentiero dei Roccol, and the biodiversity of the mountains.Information at the trail head, including information on the Sentiero dei Fiori, information on the Sentiero dei Roccol, and the biodiversity of the mountains.Information at the trail head, including information on the Sentiero dei Fiori, information on the Sentiero dei Roccol, and the biodiversity of the mountains.

Information at the trail head, including information on the Sentiero dei Fiori, information on the Sentiero dei Roccol, and the biodiversity of the mountains.Information at the trail head, including information on the Sentiero dei Fiori, information on the Sentiero dei Roccol, and the biodiversity of the mountains.

No comments:

Post a Comment