It's possible to see the summit cross (your first goal) from the valley floor: Arnau. Looking up at the steep rock overhang, it's hard to imagine which way the route goes. The path is steep from the outset. Negotiating numerous stone steps, the well-maintained red-and-white waymarked path is mostly in forest.
When you arrive at the summit cross with its fabulous views, the Maggia valley is at your feet. Continue to Alpe Costa, where you come across a handful of rustici – a good place to pause and admire the views. The ascent soon flattens out, the path continuing into the valley until a large clearing opens up: the Alpe Spluga. The self-catering accommodation refuge is open between May and October.
Rest StopMountain hut Alpe Spluga
Tips, hints and links
Hut reservations: Tel. +41 (0)91 753 23 49 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org