Monte Crocetta

Monte Crocetta

Dongo | Musso 500-1000 m 5-10 Km 1-2 hours

How to get there
How to get to Dongo by car: drive along the SS 340dir Regina State Road to Dongo and park in one of the several car parks along the road, in front of the lake (you can also park in Via Amorati, behind the town hall). You can also reach Dongo by bus, on the C10 Como-Menaggio-Colico line of the ASF Autolinee (Paracchini Stop), or by the fast ferry service operated by Navigazione Laghi-Lago di Como.

With its cross dominating the town of Dongo, Monte Crocetta (952 m a.s.l.) is a natural balcony that offers a stunning view of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains.

From the square in front of the Church of S. Maria in Martinico, take a cobbled lane and follow the signs directing you to the Church of S. Eufemia/Vigero/Tegano. Ascend the mule track until you reach a crossroads marked by the “Vigero/Tegano/Crocetta” sign. Turn right onto a path that becomes quite steep. Pass by the ex-Falck penstock, ford a stream, and keep to the right until you encounter a dirt track. Follow this track until you reach a concrete road. Continue along the concrete road for approximately 600 metres until you reach a sharp curve. Look for a sign indicating a small track leading to the huts at Monti di Vigero (520 metres).
From Vigero, head towards Monte Corna/Monte Crocetta following a path with small sharp bends that ascends steeply through the woods. You will pass through a small tunnel to reach a water conduit, then proceed uphill for a short distance before reaching a long, flat stretch that takes you to the foot of Monte Corna. From there, the trail becomes steep again and eventually ends at Monte Corna (760 metres – 40 minutes from Monti di Vigero), where there is a small grassy plateau.
Follow the signs for Monte Crocetta/San Bernardo/Via dei Monti Lariani, and you will start ascending the ridge of the Sasso di Musso on a fairly steep path with no exposed sections. The trail continues over limestone outcrops, and after about 20 minutes of walking from Monte Corna, you will reach Monte Crocetta (952 metres). The cross atop the summit becomes visible only in the very last section of the route. From the summit, you can admire a stunning view of the Alto Lario and the surrounding mountains.
To return, simply retrace your steps along the same path you took to ascend.

Rest stops
There are no refreshment points or refuges on the path leading to the summit. Although, there are a couple of restaurants and accommodation facilities in Dongo. 

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Starting point Church of St. Maria in Martinico - DONGO
Arrival point Monte Crocetta
Maximum altitude 952 m
Height difference 700 m
Length 5,6 Km
Duration 1h40 for the ascent
Difficulty Medium difficulty
Type of terrain Trail, mule track and asphalted road
Recommended period April - November