|Croce di Presto/Pian del Vento (Monte Ceppo)|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
||1057m - 15.2 km (Molina di Triora)
1265m - 25.7 km (Montalto)
1346m - 24 km (Badalucco)
1489m - 30.6 km (Poggio di San Remo)
1675m - 36.6 km (San Remo)
1793m - 38.2 km (San Remo W)
1758m - 40.3 km (San Remo/Ospedaletti)
1779m - 38.4 km (Ospedaletti old)
1253m - 18.2 km (Pigna via Colla Langan)
1325m - 25.9 km (Pigna via Castel Vittorio)
1408m - 26.2 km (Isolabona)
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|How to get there||
Like Colla Melosa (1543m), there are so many places where one could possibly start this climb. Up from Arma di Taggia by the coast in Liguria one could start the climb before Badalucco (155m) and go directly to the pass. If coming down from Colla d’Oggio (1060m or Passo del Conio (1147m), you start from Montalto (236m) and climb via Molina di Triora (444m), where you would have started if coming down the Passo della Teglia (1385m) (a road that takes time between when they improve the pavement). From before Colla Langan (1124m) you take a small road going to Monte Ceppo from the north side.
You could start down by the coast, but it would be more logical then to start at Poggio di San Remo (12m by the coast) and I only show the very steep approach on a concrete road to Poggio (I only did the more classic and easy eastern variant myself when here). This road takes you straight up to Passo Ghimbegna (892m) and from there you take the Monte Ceppo road (actually just before this pass that takes one to Bajardo (851m)). This road is a bit washed out but it is reasonably nice.
You could start also in San Remo (5m), but from here it is a bit longer as you go via San Romolo and Conca di Bignone (1065m) to Passo Ghimbegna and follow the same road as before. Longer still would be to start in one of three places in Ospedaletti and one from San Remo west (9m). This last one is a straight road up to Coldirodi (probably the older direct road) rather than the simpler big road up this side, so this looks like a steep start on this climb. The road from the border between San Remo and Ospedaletti SP80 (44m) has many hairpins early on, but this road does not seem very steep.
You could however start at the most western starting point in Ospedaletti (23m) (you will need to consult the map here) and take the Via Ospedaletti to Coldirodi as I did when climbing Monte Ceppo and Colla Melosa in 2013. The road to Coldirodi this way is however quite steep with at least one long ramp much over 20% on a narrow road and the last stretch might be testing too before you arrive at the centre of the village. You have to look on the map carefully again if you want to get out the most obvious way up, but now it will be easier. All these three last options meet up on the road that goes to Colle Termini di Bajardo/Galleria Brunengo (896m), but you turn down to San Romolo a little before this tunnel and follow the same Bignone road to Passo Ghimbegna as when going from San Remo centre.
If coming from Ventimiglia, it would be more obvious to go via Dolceaqua and Isolabona (99m). If you do not turn off the main road to Bajardo in Isolabona, you could do so higher up at Pigna (278m) and climb via Castel Vittorio on a steep road to San Sebastiano (705m) and then the road goes a bit up and down until it climbs via Bajardo to Passo Ghimbegna and the Ceppo road. But if you went as far as Pigna, then it would actually be shorter and easier to climb via Colla Langan, even if the average steepness is higher here.
|Other comments||I have no official pass name for Monte Ceppo as it is mostly regarded as a plain up here, but it is a plain that is also a pass. There is a curious little pass on the Ceppo road, Colla Serro (1097m), which one could very close to by climbing up a short steep concrete ramp by a house with an angry dog, but there are no views there, so a little pointless. If you come up from the east to Passo Ghimbegna, you would do well to go over it and enjoy the views over Bajardo and return again to the Ceppo road. Bring water! It is not an easy climb from most directions with at least 1057 height metres to climb from any direction.