Vergante is the small chain of mountains that lies between the Maggiore Lake and the Orta Lake. Even though it's threatened by the Simplon highway and the near cites, this region has so far been able to stay clear of cement and mass tourism. Only a few gravel roads dare to violate its woods and to cross its rivers, but it's an ephemeral presence, and everywhere the nature is sovereign.
Gignese - M. Cornaggia - M. La Guardia - Cappella del Vago - Colazza - Gignese
The starting point is Gignese. You have to follow the main road towards Armeno, but after a few hundreds meters and a short climb, you'll have to leave the paved road and follow a gravel road on the left (marked with "H2"). The gravel road climbs Mount Scincina (837 m) with the help of a few hairpin turns. Once you get on top you have to head SSE, and after one kilometer of slight descent you'll get to the small chapel of Alpe Canà (734 m). Here you join the road marked with "V", which you won't have to leave until you get to Cappella del Vago.
After a few hundreds meters you'll get to an intersection, where you have to leave the gravel road to get on a bumpier fire road (on the left), that leads towards Mount Cornaggia. Even though there isn't any major climb, there are many short but steep hills, and some are so rough that aren't almost rideable. Always following the "V" signs and the red and white markings, and ignoring all other bifurcations, you'll get close to the summit of Mount Cornaggia (921 m). The "V" road goes on straight; to visit the mount you have to come up along a short path on the left. The summit isn't very high, but it has no threes, so it offer a nice view over the Maggiore Lake and the surroundings.
After getting back to the "V" road, you have to keep on heading South. You'll go through a series of ups and downs, sometimes in thick woods and sometimes through wide clearings. You'll meet three small mountains (Toriggia, La Guardia and Tessera) and you'll finally get to Cappella del Vago. Here you have to quit the "V" gravel road and start following the "E2" one that heads downwards. This is a rougher road, and in a few turbulent minutes you'll reach the first houses of Colazza (543 m). Keeping on the left, you'll get to a paved road, but you don't have to enter Colazza. Take a gravel road marked with "F1" instead, which will bring you to Fosseno (596 m) following a small river.
Don't enter Fosseno either, but continue on its the left, following the paved road at the foot of the mountain. Try to keep heading NE, on a gravel road that goes past some farms, and keep away from all the roads that head left ("F3", "F4", " F5" e "F6"). One kilometer after Fosseno you'll get to an intersection, where you'll have the follow the "H2" signs. After a short section on a hiking path, you'll get to another bumpy gravel road that climbs back to Alpe Canà.
From Alpe Canà on follow the "V" signs again, but this time on the opposite direction, towards Gignese. You'll get on a flat fire road made of pink gravel, that will bring you to Alpe Camoscio and will then turn into a single track. Follow the single track downwards to get back to the paved road and, after a short climb, to Gignese.