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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Monte Altissimo from Ristoro Le Gobbie

(Anybody choosing to follow this walk does so at their own risk and is entirely responsible for their own safety)

 

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Main Roads
Minor Roads
One-Way Journey Time

30  mi on Autoroutes to Massa
14 mi NE via Antona to Le Gobbie
1:10

Tuscany North Book
Bocchi Book
Map details

Walk 45, Page 142
Walk 32, Page 166
Carta del Sentieri e Rifugio No. 101/102

 

Recommended Route Description

 

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Overview
Monte Altissimo is an classic mountain. When viewed from the sea or from Massa it appears enormous, primarily due to its 700m South face. At 1589m it is in fact one of the smaller Apuane mountains. Nonetheless, standing on its summit is breathtaking. The "Recommended Route" is an anti-clockwise circuit reached by a 500m walk-in, running SW from Ristorante Le Gobbie.

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Start on path 33, heading south west until reaching an old quarry road.Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos towards the ridge at Foce del Frate. Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos turn left on path 41 which traverses south, on the east side of the ridge, Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos to reach Passo degli Uncini, staying a few metres beneath the ridge Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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Immediately after reaching the Passo degli Unchini, turn left on path 143 which again drops below the ridge and traverses north east on Altissimo's northern side. Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos After 800m the path turns R to climb back onto the final exposed rocky ridge. Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos This climbs SSW for 300m and then traverses SE for 200m to the summit cross. Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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Descend on path 143, which initially heads NE and is steep and exposed for 300m. Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos Here a U-turn to the R gives way to a much easier section of path which follows the ridge on its westerly side, Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos heading SW initially but gradually veering to the S Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos  and then then E before reaching a junction with path 142 on the L at Paso del Vaso Tondo (1 mile).

Here turn L onto path 142 to descend to the mainly derelict quarry, Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos Cave Fondone. After descending through quarry workings for 1 mile, turn left onto the old quarry road, Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos heading north west, parallelling the valley bottom. After 1.5 miles turn right onto path 33 (your initial ascent path) Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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 Discover Lunigiana - Walking & Climbing - Monte Altissimo from              Ristoro   Le   Gobie


Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1 - Adds Scrambles Variation 2
Walk Style Circular Circular n/a

Height Profile
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Walk Description as Above

These minor variations are suggested by Bocchi.

From the Foce del Frate to Passo degli Uncini, traverse the main ridge Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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Similarly, on the route from Passo degli Uncini to the summit of Monte Altissimo, scramble along the whole length of the ridge Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos rather than following path 143 which traverses beneath the ridge for most of the way. The first rocky climb is exposed, and again the rock is friable, Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  

          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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Walk Start Ristoro Le Gobbie Ristoro Le Gobbie  

Paths Used

33(T), 42(E), 41(E), 143(EE), 142(E), Quarry Road(T), 33(T) 33(T), 42(E), Ridge 1(EE), Ridge2(EE), 143(EE), 142(E), Quarry Road(T), 33(T)  
Walk Grade Black/E + short scramble of EE Blacker/EE  
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) 400S 300S + 800S  
Scramble/VFGrade  EE EE + EE  
Maximum Height (metres) 1589 1589  
Flat Speed (mph) 2.0 2.0  
Walk Distance (miles) 5.8 6.0  
Walk Ascent (metres) 626 626  
Walk Time 3:54 3:54  
Rest Recommendation

Lunch on Altissimo

Lunch on Altissimo

 
Rest Time 1:06 1:00  
Total Hill Time 5:00 5:00  
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 7:20 7:20  
Leave Papavero @ 09:00 09:00  
Return to Papavero @ 16:20 16:20  

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