The Sasse Aided path is a very scenic aided route that runs along a stretch of the eastern slope of Lake Idro between the towns of Vesta and Baitoni. The path is passable in both directions and does not present any particular technical difficulties.
The starting point of the itinerary is La Busetta beach in the town of Vesta on the eastern shore of Lake Idro in the province of Brescia. Once in Vesta, cross the small town until the road with a curve reaches the lake. In the clearing you park and you will notice just before the parking a metal pole with the indications for the paths.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
Starting from the parking lot we continue on the path marked north. We pass close to the Corna di Fenere rock-climbing wall and arrive at a junction of paths: on the right the Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri (salt trail) that we will use on the way back up, on the left the path to Prato della Fame goes down and straight ahead continues our itinerary. In short we reach the beginning of the Sasse Aided path at the Dosso della Madonnina (20 'from the parking lot).
The first section of the Sasse Aided path is downhill and will take us to lake level. We start on a path with cable handrail on the right to then reach an exposed ledge and then descend a vertical section on the wall marked by some well placed brackets to make the descent easy. We are now in the most iconographic point of the aided path or a long stretch just above the level of the lake. You will walk along a long ledge with a couple of rocky jumps inside and a not difficult traverse. This beautiful stretch will lead us downhill to the suspension bridge, near which there is the first escape route of the itinerary. The deck is well aided, stable with wooden planks for the feet (30 'from the start - 50' total).
Crossing the bridge we go up an easy vertical wall with metal frames. We continue going up a couple of rocky leaps and following a stretch of path characterized by ups and downs that are not difficult but slippery. Attention to two aided descents where it is necessary to disarampicare separated by a not difficult traverse with dry rock. We continue on the not difficult path and we are at the final stretch of the path where with a passage on trunks we pass through a landslide gully. We end the path near a white sign indicating the beginning of the Sasso Aided path for those starting from Baitoni (1h 30 'from the start - 1h 50' total).
From the end of the aided path, continue north on the path until you come to an iron pole that indicates the Path of the Smugglers. The path retraces the first leg path to a higher altitude. The path starts with a steep climb. We continue on the path that at times is aided in the most exposed ledges until we meet a saddle to the left that goes up the Sentiero dei Tralicci. You can consider going either way. The path of the pylons rises to a higher altitude but rejoins before the end. Following either the Sentiero dei Contrabbandieri or the Tralicci trail, you reach a junction following the approach to the Sasse Aided path. From that point backwards for the approach path to the parking lot (1h from the end of the equipment - 3h total).
The Sasse Aided path is an excellent itinerary to approach this type of aided itineraries. The airy is generally contained as are the technical difficulties. It can be covered in both directions and it is advisable to follow it avoiding periods after heavy rains, as it is often done on slippery soil. The low-altitude route is practically open all year round.
The Sasse Aided path is a beautiful itinerary that will allow us to have the energy even for any other aided route in the area of Lake of Idro. You could consider going easy Aided path to the Hydro Falls or the short one Ferrata to the Top Now. Alternatively, if you wanted to follow more difficult routes you could opt for the Via Ferrata Crench or for the Via Ferrata Fregio and Ferrata delle Ginestre, the latter two to be reserved for expert hikers.
Approach: 0:20 h
Ferrata: 1:30 h
Itinerary: 3:00 h
Ferrata height difference: 100 m
Route difference: 370 m
Max altitude: 515 m
Length: 7.2 Km