|Valico di Trivigno (Monte Padrio)|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1792m (road height 1867m)||967m - 12.7 km (Megno-Doverio)
1180m - 19.2 km (Edolo); 652m - 11.6 km (Aprica)
1418m - 20.8 km (Tresenda); 1400m - 19.5 km (Svandana)
1393m - 19.6 km (Stazzona); 1352m - 16.4 km (Tirano-Cologna)
|4 (5)||2-3 (5)|
|How to get there||
Climbing from just east of Passo di Aprica (1140m) to this little known pass is the most well-known approach, but there are several options. The most interesting starting point for climbing this pass is from the south at the turn-off for Megno and Doverio (901m) above Edolo (688m) on a road badly drawn (or not shown at all) on many maps. The Megno/Doverio road is quite steep with some stretches around 20% (signs suggests 25%, which is not quite true) and on this side it is a highly irregular climb. This side is just a little less hard than the famous nearby Foppa (Mortirolo) pass.
This pass is not marked on any maps and the only reference is the geography. (George Rossini has referred in a book on Italian passes to this as ‘Valico di Trivigno’ and hence my name here). Few would ever travel over it in the way that would make people think of it as a pass and therefore I guess it has not been named. This is essentially an alternative pass to the Aprica and Foppa (Mortirolo) passes, if travelling between Tirano and Edolo.
You can start from Stazzona (399m), Svandana (392m) and Tresenda (374m) west of Tirano and climb via Passo di Santa Cristina (1434m) or start in Tirano (440m) and climb via Cologna to Trivigno. These approaches all have steep stretches, but the Cologna climb should be the hardest (unevenly steep). The climbs from Stazzona, Svandana and Tresenda uses parts of the main road to Passo di Aprica, but then one turn off on the Passo di Santa Cristina road. This is the last and second proper road going off the Passo di Aprica road after the first real hairpin bend on the Aprica road (the first more obscure road is the S. Rocco road, which it says on a stone there). The S. Rocco road is asphalted, but I do not believe the road directly up from S. Rocco is usable with a road bike.
|Other comments||The Megno/Doverio road is also a nice alternative approach to erroneously named Passo del Picco (1870m); Passo di Guspessa (1824m) and Passo della Foppa/Pas de la Foppa (1855m). No water found on the climb as I can remember. Here is a profile of the climb (Monte Padrio) (salite.ch website). For more information see also: Passo di Guspessa which is on the same road but on the east side of Monte Padrio, Passo della Foppa/Pas de la Foppa and Col Carette di Val Bighera. The photo is taken on the Megno/Doverio climb (showing a friend).