A memorable road trip to Lago di Malciaussia

Lago di Malciaussia is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 1.823m (5,980ft) above the sea level, located in the upper Valle di Viù in the north-west Italian province of Turin.

Lago di Malciaussia

The road to the lake is called Strada Provinciale 32 (SP32). It’s paved, pretty narrow, and steep, very steep, with sections up to 23%. The road is very scenic, and was built in the 1920s and 1930s. The valley road terminates at this lake which makes it a convenient starting point for walking and climbing in the high Alps. The lake is named after the locality Malciaussia, which was submerged when it was filled. The last meters of the road are gravel and are the starting point for walking and climbing in the high Alps. From here one can ascend Rocciamelone (3,538 m), via the alpine hut “Ernesto Tazzetti”. Near the lake there’s a restaurant and a hotel.

Starting from the town of Margone, at 1,413m, the ascent is 5,8 km long via 14 hairpin turns. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 410 meters. The average percentage is 7,06%.