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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Monte Alto from Passo de Cerreto

(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
28 Miles on SS63 to Passo de Cerreto
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0:50 hours

Tuscany North Book
Bocchi Book
Map details

Walk 39, Page 126
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Carta del Sentieri e Rifugio No. 15

 

Recommended Route Description

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Overview
The Recommended Route is exactly as per the Tuscany North book. It is a 4.5 mile clockwise loop via Monte Alto, with a 1.5 mile "tail" used for both the walk-in and the walk-out.

It ascends the rocky south east ridge of Monte Alto, offering a number of short scrambles and 2 small optional Via Ferratas. The descent is via the less rocky and slightly longer east face route.

Detail
From Ristorante Giannarelli Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos at Passo Cerreto, Monte Alto can be seen clearly Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. From the back of the ristorante take path 00 which undulates north-westwards Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos through peacefully wooded countryside Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. Monte Alto can be seen more closely from a break in the trees Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos where the path crosses a dirt road.

After passing through more woods  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  the path begins to climb the lower slopes of Mone Alto Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. The views back across the valley Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos to the hills on the other side are wonderful Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. At a major path junction  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos keep to path 00 to climb Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos much more steeply  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos to eventually gain the southeast ridge of the mountain  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos via a small scramble over a defending rocky outcrop Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos .

A few hundred metres further along the ridge a grassy ledge beneath some rocks  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos provides an ideal lunch location Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. From here the remaining half mile of the ridge can be seen ascending in a series of rocky steps Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos.

Although the ridge is fairly exposed and narrow Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos, the slope on each side is not life threatening Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. This means that those with the appropriate level of confidence can simply walk along it Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. However, some may prefer to crawl! The final 100m of ascent is significantly steeper  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos but not difficult and the views from the summit signpost  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos are stunning.

Turn right on the summit to descend on path 671, initially walking to the north-east. An optional visit to a nearby secondary summit  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos requires ascent Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos and descent Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  using two short Via Ferratas. However, these are easily by-passed by the main path which runs just below its left flank.

Path 671 runs north east for a further 0.5 miles descending gradually over rocky ground before turning southeast, for a further 1.5 miles of gradual descent down to the valley floor Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . It then heads east-south-east along the valley floor  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos to the valley mouth, where there are views  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos back to the start point, still 2 miles distant.

Here path 671 turns southwards for half a mile Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos until it meets path 00 again, in the clearing crossed by the dirt road mentioned in the first paragraph. From here simply reverse the "tail" part of the ascent, south-eastwards on path 00.



Map Showing Possible Routes (Click Map below for Larger version)

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Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1 - Omits VF Variation 2 - Easier but longer
Walk Style Circular Circular Out & Back

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Walk Description As Above All the VFs and Scrambles can be avoided. The main path provides sidesteps to such challenges, providing an easy route to the summit, but with the bonus of entertainment - watching the foolhardy who deliberately opt for the "difficult" bits.

Use the descent option of the base route for both the ascent and descent.

From Passo Cerreto climb gradually for 1.5 miles, to the north west, on path 00, into the higher reaches of the Appennines. At a major path junction bear right on path 671 and follow this to the summit.

Return by the same route. This route is less steep and so the distance is slightly greater .

Walk Start Ristorante Giannarelli, Passo de Cerreto Ristorante Giannarelli, Passo de Cerreto Ristorante Giannarelli, Passo de Cerreto

Paths Used

00(EE), 671(E),00(T) 00(E), 671(E),00 (T) 00(T), 671(E),00(T)
Walk Grade Black Red Blue
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) Multiple short stretches of 30 metres n/a n/a
Scramble/VFGrade   EE E E
Maximum Height (metres) 1904 1904 1904
Flat Speed (mph) 2.0 2.0 2.0
Walk Distance (miles) 7.6 7.6 8.0
Walk Ascent (metres) 643 643 643
Walk Time 4:54 4:54 5:06
Rest Recommendation  Lunch on Monte Alto Lunch on Monte Alto Lunch on Monte Alto
Rest Time 1:06 1:06 0:54
Total Hill Time 6:00 6:00 6:00
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 7:40 7:38 7:40
Leave Papavero @ 09:00 09:00 09:00
Return to Papavero @ 16:40 16:38 16:40

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