Lago Barco and Lago Piccolo

Elevation amsl: 2314
Location: Ossana

Catchment basin: Noce- Vermiglian Torrent- Rio di Barco
Mountain chain: Adamello – Presanella
Subgroup: Presanella
Hiking time: 2.45 hours
Difficulty: E - excursion
Elevation gain: 1110 m
SAT trail n°: 204 - 205
Shelter: Malga Dosso (mountain dairy)


You can reach the beginning of this itinerary by car. From the town of Ossana, follow the directions to Val Piana which are located just above the town church. After approx. two kilometers on a steep road, you will reach the parking area. Go back 300 m on the same road, cross over the Torrente Foce (torrent) therefore, near the chapel dedicated to S. Antonio, follow the directions to Malga del Dosso (mountain dairy) on the right. You can then take the forestry road, or the path that allows you to shorten the itinerary. You will find the directions for the path along the forestry road which will then take you up through a larch and fir forest. When you reach the pasture at the malga Dosso (mountain dairy) you can admire the view of Val di Peio to the north and of the Boai mountain range that goes all the way to Passo del Tonale. You can also observe the Vegaia – Tremenesca (1680 m) mountain range to the northeast. (1.00 hour).
Just past the mountain pasture (a bivouac is also located here) continue onwards to the left and after having passed a rise, you will find the directions to Lago di Barco (lake).
From here, the itinerary winds along the ridge of the mountain through a larch forest filled with rhododendrons and blueberries. By following the level trail which then slightly descends, you will arrive at a marshy depression that is now covered in peat. Cross the marshy area and by following the directions you will once again enter into a larch and alder forest. On a constantly rising trail, through crags which are often times difficult, you will reach the small wooden mountain shelter on the north side of the enchanting Lake Barco (1904 m. 2.45 hours)
From Lake Barco, follow the 205 Lago Piccolo - Bochet de l’Omet trail marker. The trail, with a slightly rising slope, goes along the left side of the lake as it climbs up through several crags and a larch wood that also has alders and dwarf willows in the top part. After passing the vegetation zone, continue to climb up steep, grassy rises and scattered boulders until you reach the last rocky crag, where you will find the characteristic Lago Piccolo (2313 m) in a small depression. (4.00 hours)
Return by following the same itinerary back down. (3.00 hours)

The two lakes can also be reached from the town of Vermiglio by following the n° 205 trail (2.00 hours).

Photos and itinerary descriptions: Tiziano Mochen

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