From Pinerolo a ring astride the Val Lemina rises to the north on the colle del Crò and subsequently reaches the Melano Refuge with substantially costant and moderately challeging climbs, with the exception of rare more difficult ascents. Than the path return to the south to Pinerolo with a nice single track in the ‘Bosco dell’Impero’ that will bring you back to the starting point.
The original structure of the refuge was a metal container, subsequently it was instead decided to build the new refuge by reusing the structure of the “Canada house”, one of the support structures used during the Winter Olympics Games in Turin, in 2006.
Near the refuge there’s the Rocca Sbarua rock gym, used since the dawn of mountaineering by climbing enthusiasts from Turin and the surrounding area. The wall has over 100 climbing routes, with variable lengths between 20 and 200 meters, with difficulties that start from 3+ and go up.
On the paths that lead to refuge a charcoal burner museum has been set up, in which are reconstructed the different stages of the ancient production of charcoal.