Monte Seguret, a mountain pass on the Via dei Saraceni
Monte Seguret is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.204m (7,230ft) above the sea level, located in the Cottian Alps, a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps. The road to the pass is called Via dei Saraceni.
The unpavedroad to the top, also known as Strada militare Fenil-Pramand-Föens-Jafferau and Strada militare 79, was built in 1886. It includes several hairpin and tunnels. This dirt track unfolds for over 20 km, almost entirely over 2.000 meters above the sea level. Just for 4x4.
This military old trail is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). It climbs up several mountain passes, including Colletto Pramand (2.087m above the sea level) and Monte Jafferau (2.805 m above sea level). It’s open from May to October.
The road follows a route among several forts. The slope of the road is less than 12%, and the width is around 3 meters. There are some fairly rocky sections, not hard but difficult in most cars. If the weather was bad, you would not consider it. The road is passable by off-road vehicles, transit is allowed. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. The trail is prone to rockfalls, so can be tricky in places.
Pic: Rafał Kudriawcew