The 4 Valley Trail is a beautiful 3 day hiking route of 50 km between lake Como and lake Lugano. It starts at Breglia, a small mountain village, 7 km above Menaggio and leads through 4 different valleys: the Val Sanagra, the Val Cavargna, the Val Rezzo and the Valsolda ending at Dasio, a little town situated above S. Mamete on Lake Lugano.
The trail is divided into 3 sections. The first one leads from Breglia to Malé and is 13 km long, the second section starts at Malé and ends at Cavargna and is about 19 km long, and the third leads from Cavargna to Dasio (13 km).
You can walk each of these sections as a day-excursion, or you can hike for three days. In the brochure attached in the pdf you can find a listing of accommodation, along or not far from the trail.
The trail follows average height of about 1.000 meters and reaches its highest point of 1.400 m at Alpe Coloné in Val Cavargna; it is marked by red-white-red signs with a number 3 crossed with a red bar.
The times indicated in the description are for experienced hikers. The ideal time of the year for this hike is from May till the end of October.
Available maps: “Carta Topografica Escursionistica” Val Menaggio, Val Sanagra, Val Cavargana, Valrezzo, Valsolda by the Comunità Montana Valli del Lario e del Ceresio scale 1:25.000, or the “Kompass map n° 91″ scale 1:50.000