Pilone San Pancrazio

Pilone San Pancrazio - profilo

It is and easy outing, possible with snowshoes also during the winter. The goal is an altar on a ridge from where to enjoy a breathtaking view of Balme. By following the descent variation, it will be possible to enjoy several wood sculptures, work of  “La Foresta di Sherwood” Association.


Suggested period
All year around.
Starting point
Balme (1420 m)
Elevation gain
+ 400 m
Travel time
2,15 hrs

Recommended for

  • Hikers
  • Families
  • Snow-shoes
  • Everybody


Reach Balme residential area and, level with the church, enter the tiny street crossing the stream and park your car in the wide area in front of the ski lift.


Follow the county road up to S. Anna little church, enter the straight tiny street overtaking the fountain among the houses and, shortly, you will exit on a plateau.  Walk toward the steep climb on the left and reach the Arbosetta. Climb the meadow following the BTT trail signal up to a mule track entering a valley. Overtaken a concrete tank, you will overlook a wide hollow in sight of Alpe Comba. Reach the pasture huts and follow the obvious swiftly climbing trail, which, on the right, heads to the crest where the Pilone di San Pancrazio stands.

Descend along the same scent itinerary until reaching Alpe Arbosetta. From this point, if you wish, it is possible to take a deviation so as to end the trip as a loop.

Turn left and enter the wood at the foot of a rocky bastion characterized by streaks. Follow the trail to a second concrete tank: on the trail sides wooden sculptures, work of the “La Foresta di Sherwood” Association, are visible. From the tank (Pian di Sarasin indication on the left), following the climbing path, it is possible to deviate and reach the above plain where table and benches are available to enjoy a beautiful panorama.

Otherwise keep descending until you reach a wide dirt road. Turn right and follow the road until you encounter the ski run by the parking area where you have left the car. Other wooden sculptures are also visible along the road.


“Escursionismo per tutti” di Roberto Bergamino e Umbro Tessiore Ed. Arti Grafiche San Rocco


Alte Valli di Lanzo – carta n° 17 L’Escursionista & Monti editori; Valli di Lanzo – carta dei sentieri 3 Val d’Ala e Val Grande

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