8.5 miles, 1-3 hours
A nice, easy and short trail around the Barro mountain, starting from the neighbour small village of Bartesate (460m), down to Galbiate (370m, after 2km) and following the road to "San Michele" until restaurant "Eremo" (also known as "Alpe", after 4,8km). From there, cut on the left on the single track until "Pian Sciresa" (6,1km), then follow anti-clockwise to "Fae" and climb up the "Scaloeja" (small steep stairs, the only point where running should be hard).
On top of "scaloeja" (8,1km), follow the left single track to the ancient ruins of "Barra" and then up to the Monument to the "Alpini" (9,0km) where you can have a rest and enjoy a 270 degree beautiful sight (the lakes of Brianza just below your feet, Mount Cornizzolo, Tre Corni and on sunny, clear days you can see a very wide part of the western Alps).
From there, turn back to the "baita Alpini" and follow the single track to the right, connecting to the ancient "mulattiera" ("donkey road", the one used by the benedictine monks and farmers to reach the old "eremo"). Once on the "mulattiera", go right and down for about 100m, to reach the left path climbing to the panoramic "Murajoe" (the ancient wall of towers, where running can continue while sightseeing). You follow this route until you find an isolated tree exaclty in the crossroad of the single track coming down from "Primo Corno" (10,3km). Follow always down and enter the woods until the ruins of "Carpanina", an old house. There you continue to follow the downward path, ignoring other routes at the two crossroads. You reach "Le due case" (the two houses) and you connect there with "Sentiero di mezzo" (11km), a countryside road: follow on the right side and go down and back to Galbiate, reconnecting to the same road followed in the beginning.
The full route is runnable, except a small climb on the "Scaloeja" (actually, if you are strong enough you can even try...). Normal running shoes can be enough, but trail shoes are recommended, especially in wet days.
Mostly runnable in any season and with any weather, including snow