itineraries

1) CAI ITALIA TRAIL: Latronico > Castelsaraceno

Arrival: Castelsaraceno

HIKING TRAIL

This stage of the Sentiero Italia CAI does not require any particular technical skills. The effort is due to the length of the route and the almost one thousand metres of positive height difference to be tackled. For this reason it is an itinerary of medium difficulty suitable for expert hikers with good physical training.

The itinerary

From Piazza Umberto I, after crossing part of the village through narrow streets, passing through the Pineta Comunale (Municipal Pinewood), the route continues steeply in places, flanking Mount Difesella, as far as the wind farms and then gently up to the locality of Salicone (or Arenara).

From here it climbs steadily up to the Santa Croce peak (altitude 1893), one of the three peaks of Monte Alpi, an important massif on the north-western border of the Pollino National Park.

The first stretch, up to Fontanelle spring (altitude 1165), is on a cart track, then on a path passing by Gavitoni spring (altitude 1550) and Piana Fiorita, a locality also reached by a cart track from the south-west side of Monte Alpi and frequented by locals for trips out of town.

From Piana Fiorita, the trail climbs among the beech trees until it almost reaches the saddle on the ridge (1835 m) between the peaks of Pizzo Falcone (1900 m) and Santa Croce, where it meets trail 970, and where it is easy to come across herds of Podolica cows grazing in the summer. From the saddle, walk along the rocky ridge to the Santa Croce peak.

Continue along the ridge towards the Punta del Corvo peak and then descend on the eastern side of the massif through the dense Favino beech forest to the refuge of the same name (1348 m), where there is a spring. Following the horizontal signs, we take a short stretch of tarmac and then the “Tratturo Regio” that leads directly to the small village of Castelsaraceno, the end of the stage.

From Piazza Umberto I, after crossing part of the village through narrow streets, passing through the Pineta Comunale (Municipal Pinewood), the route continues steeply in places, flanking Mount Difesella, as far as the wind farms and then gently up to the locality of Salicone (or Arenara).

From here we climb steadily to the Santa Croce peak (1893 m), one of the three peaks of Monte Alpi, an important massif on the north-western border of the Pollino National Park.

The first stretch, up to the Fontanelle spring (1165 m), is on a cart track, then on a path passing by the Gavitoni spring (1550 m) and Piana Fiorita, a locality also reached by a cart track from the south-west side of Monte Alpi and frequented by locals for trips out of town.

From Piana Fiorita, the trail climbs among the beech trees until it almost reaches the saddle on the ridge (1835 m) between the peaks of Pizzo Falcone (1900 m) and Santa Croce, where it meets trail 970, and where it is easy to come across herds of Podolica cows grazing in the summer. From the saddle, walk along the rocky ridge to the Santa Croce peak.

Continue along the ridge towards the Punta del Corvo peak and then descend on the eastern side of the massif through the dense Favino beech forest to the refuge of the same name (1348 m), where there is a spring. Following the horizontal signs, we take a short stretch of tarmac and then the “Tratturo Regio” that leads directly to the small village of Castelsaraceno, the end of the stage.

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Length: 15 km

Medium to long route

Average duration: 1 day

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Degree of difficulty: EE

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Percorso: A > B

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Maximum altitude: 1,848 m

Maximum altitude reached

Physical effort: HIGH

By duration, development and length

Elevation: +1,009 metres

Quantity in metres of positive development

Starting altitude: 837 m

Quota at departure or minimum quota

Departure: Latronico

Departure from: Latronico

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DIFFICULTY INDEX

The indication of difficulties is given to facilitate the choice of a hike. It serves primarily to prevent hikers and mountaineers from unexpectedly having to tackle passages that are beyond their technical capabilities and wishes. This clarification is useful not only to distinguish the different efforts required by a route, but also to clearly define the limit between hiking and mountaineering difficulties.

T TOURIST

The itineraries are on small roads, mule tracks or wide trails, with not long and well marked routes that do not pose uncertainties or orientation problems.
Requires a certain knowledge of the mountain environment and physical preparation.
E EXCURSION

liner routes that are almost always on paths, usually with adequate signposting and slight inclines. In the case of steep slopes, the exposed sections are protected or secured; there can be single passages on rock that are neither strenuous nor exposed and do not require the use of specific equipment.
Requires a certain sense of direction, knowledge of the mountain territory and training for walking.
EE HIKING FOR EXPERTS

These are generally signposted trails but require the ability to move over particular terrain (steep slopes, scree, etc.). Paths or tracks on impervious and treacherous terrain; rock passages with slight technical difficulties (single passages equipped with a cable) that do not require self-belaying equipment.
REQUESTS mountain experience, good knowledge of the Alpine environment, sure-footedness, absence of vertigo.
EEA HIKING FOR EXPERTS WITH EQUIPMENT.

The same indications apply as for the previous classification (EE), with a greater difficulty and the possibility of walking in less exposed areas, via ferrata or equipped paths that require self-belaying equipment and knowledge of how to use it.
REQUESTS mountain experience, good knowledge of the alpine environment, sure-footedness, absence of vertigo, adequate equipment for self-insurance, relevant practice and knowledge of safety manoeuvres.
A ALPINISTIC

AF (Facile). This is the simplest form of climbing; you already have to choose your footing and your hands frequently use handholds to maintain balance.

APD (Poco Difficile). This is where the actual climbing begins, requiring the movement of one limb at a time and the correct setting of movements. There are still plenty of handholds and supports.
AAD (Quite Difficult). The rock structure, already steeper or even vertical, offers rarer grips and supports and may already require the use of force.

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