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Cycling Tour 2011 :  Psso del Mortirolo from Monno
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Ward at the Passo del Mortirolo
Warning signs at Monte Padrio dsescent
 
Left: Ward at the Mortirolo sign. It is situated at the junction with the road to Passo di Guspasso, approximately 500 meters before reaching the highest point (1852 m). There you will find the (correct?) Passo della Foppa sign (see next page).
Right: warnings at the start of the steep (25%), narrow road descending from Monte Padrio to Lombro. The exclamation mark warns for for missing crash barriers (strada senza parapetti) and the not tested and categorized status of the road (strada non collaudata).

 

There are four roads that lead to the Passo del Mortirolo, respectively from: (i) Monno], (ii) Mazzo di Valtellina, (iii) Grosio and (iv) Passo di Guspessa. The ascent from Monno and descent to Guspessa and further are described here. Details of the Mazzo and Grosio approach - indicated in yellow on map below - are given on the next two pages.

A fifth road branches of the Monno approach, shortly before reaching the Passo Mortirolo sign. This road leads through a quite bare, grassy landscape to the Col Carette di Val Baghera. The descending road towards Vezza d'Oglio is only paved for the first 1.7 km.

The
narrow, well paved and attractive road from Mortirolo to Guspessa follows the mountain ridge between the northwesterly Valtellina and the southeasterly Val Camonica. For centuries it had a strategic significance, since once Valtellina was under the influence of Austria, while Val Camonica was a part of the Kingdom Italy.
After the unmarked Passo di Guspessa there are three options: (i) a steep descent to Lombro, locally known as the Monte Padrio connection (see map and profile below), (ii) an equally steep descent to Cortenedolo, and (iii) a gentle downhill road to Trivigno (see next page map).

 

Map of Mortirolo, Carette and Guspessa

Gradient of Mortirolo and Carette

gradient coding

GPS track (57 KB zip file; 61.0 km, 3595 waypoints; start and finish: albergo Quai, Monno).

 

start page Mortirolo, Carette
and Guspessa
Santa Cristina
and Mortirolo
Gavia and
Mortirolo
Vivione Stelvio and
Umbrail
Sulden and
Matschertal