Moregallo – Valmadrera
Sasso di Preguda on Moregallo mountain overlooks the eastern shore of lake Como, Lecco, Lakes Briantei and Brianza. Sasso di Preguda is a granite boulder.
If you are in the land of Lecco you cannot miss to walk up to Sasso di Preguda on Moregallo mountain, above Valmadrera.
Many reason to do this beautiful excursion along path n. 6: great nature, breathless views and boulders of granite reminding us the past Ice Age.
- Departure: Valmadrera – piazza Rossé
- Time: 00:50
- Altitude: 647 m
- Difference in altitude: 410 m
- Difficulty level: E
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Park in Piazza Rossé and go on along the rising road to reach the info board regarding the local paths. Here take the path on your right and go on walking up. It’s quite constantly steep with some short flat parts. Path is well signed and generally shady.
While walking you can admire the rich vegetation, especially many different kinds of trees, among these hawthorns, oaks, ashes, horn-beams, ruscus, and “casote”, examples of rural architecture used by shepherds and farmers as s shelter or where leave their tools.
Arrived to destination you see the great boulder of granite called “Sasso di Preguda”, subject-matter of the geologists in the past, who argued about its origin. Right here in 1878 abbot Antonio Stoppani organized a geologists meeting to discuss about the glacial origin of boulders in the area of Lake Como.
Sasso di Preguda is a “ghiandone” granite: on its dark background you easily see many white round shapes crystals of orthoclase (common potassium feldspar) called “ghiande” (acorns).
Next to Sasso di Preguda, there is the small church (built in 1895) dedicated to San Isidoro whose apse wall is exactly a stone’s side.
Note – Be careful on the north side where the rock falls sheer into the lake. There is a white/red band to fence the dangerous area. Due to the inclination of the ground and small area it’s not suitable for kids.
We are sure you will remain open-mouthed with the extraordinary views on the eastern shore of Lake Como toward Abbadia Lariana, Lecco, Lake Garlate and Olginate, Lake Annone the first of Lakes Briantei.
Cover’s image by Roberto Sironi