|Page Type: Area/RangeLocation: Parma/Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Europe
Lat/Lon: 44.38669°N / 10.02983°E
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Bouldering, Ice Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 6106 ft / 1861 m
|Page By: mazzaniCreated/Edited: Jan 12, 2012 / Mar 15, 2012
Object ID: 770794
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The Apennines are the longest mountains’ chain in Italy. They are divided in three main parts: Northern, Central and Southern Apennines.
Nature and climate
The area, normally as far as 1.600 mts, is covered by a dense magnificent forest, perfectly preserved through several years of massive deforestation (in the beginning of the twentieth century), due to mountain people’s poverty situation in that period. Due to the great difference between winter climate – snowy and cold – and summer’s climate – relatively warm – the arboreal species that succeed in this environment have adaptations to both seasons. The autochthonous beech (Fagus Sylvatica) is the original and largest specie in the area and can reach heights of 20-30 mts, with characteristic straight trunks. Evergreen conifers as White Firs (Abies Alba) where added later as the result of forestation’s work.
Lakes and ancient glaciers
During Wurmian period the whole area was interested by a great glaciation. The landscape was sculpted by glaciers and today offers to the visitor’s eyes an undoubted evidence of the biggest glacier ever established in Apennines (very likely it was longer than 8 Kms, larger than 2,5 and higher than 200 mts). Rocks’ particular features and circular holes in the sandstone, rocky steps in the valleys and lateral moraines are evidence of.
Parma is the nearest town to the area; it’s a nice 200.000 inhabitants town, the capital of food valley, the famous food production and factory district. Its airport offers some domestic flies and only a few international one. A good choice of international flies is provided by Milan and Bologna International Airports, both at a reasonable distance (about 100 km).
Access from A15 (Autocisa Motorway) – Following A15 towards North exit Pontremoli and follow the road to Passo del Cirone and Bosco di Corniglio. From here follow the road towards the locality named Cancelli. If you’re driving on A15 towards South it’s better to exit to Borgo Val di Taro and follow the road to Passo del Sillara and Bosco di Corniglio.
Access from Parma
-To Lagdei and Lagoni sectors: from Parma follow the SP 665 (Massese) towards Langhirano and Capoponte; here turn to right, reaching Corniglio, Bosco di Corniglio and the locality named Cancelli.
-To Valditacca and Pratospilla sectors: from Parma follow the SP towards Langhirano and Capoponte; here carry on straight following the road towards Palanzano and Monchio delle Corti.
Red and White markers
Since 1995 the highest part of this area is situated under the regulation of a regional park having the evocative name of Parco deiCento Laghi (One Hundred Lakes Park), in reason of quite a lot of small lakes existing inside the park’s boundaries. In late years this area was included inside a largest park, named Parco Nazionaledell’Appenino Tosco-Emiliano (Tosco-Emiliano National Park); wood fires are prohibited as well as free camping and other harmful activity.
Main Summits and Main Trails
MAIN SUMMITS (in order of height)
Monte Sillara m. 1861- Monte Losanna m. 1855 Monte Marmagna m. 1851 Monte Matto m. 1837 – Monte Bragalata m. 1835 – Monte Orsaro m. 1831 – Monte Braiola m. 1821- Monte Paitino m. 1814 – Monte Brusà m. 1796 – Monte Bocco m. 1790 – Monte Aquila m. 1779 – Monte Uomo Morto m. 1773 – Rocca Pianaccia m. 1762 – Monte Aquilotto m. 1747 – Cima Canuti m. 1743 -Monte Torricella m. 1728 – Roccabiasca m. 1727 – Monte Scala m. 1715 – Monte Malpasso m. 1713 – Rocca Pumaciolo m. 1711 – Rocca Pumacioletto m. 1690 – Monte Fosco m. 1680 – Monte Navert m. 1654 – Monte Tavola m. 1508
ROCK CLIMBING AND ICE CLIMBING MAIN SUMMITS
Monte Scala mt. 1715
Inside the area there is a thick network of trails marked and maintained by Club Alpino Italiano Sezione di Parma, introducing the hiker to the discovery of all the main landscape’s features, to visit the numerous small lakes and to the observation of the ancient glacier’s traces.
The most interesting walks, on clearly marked paths, are:
- Trail 00 from Passo del Cirone m. 1255 to Passo del Lagastrello m. 1153
Huts and Bivouacs
Rifugio CAI Giovanni Mariotti m. 1507 (CAI Sez. di Parma) +390521889334
Rifugio Lagdei m. 1250+390521889353
Rifugio Lagoni m. 1342+390521889118
Rifugio – Hotel Pratospilla m. 1360 +390521890194
Capanne del Lago Scuro m. 1528(Keys available at Rifugio Lagoni)
When to hike and climb
The hikers can enjoy trails all around the year; all main summits can be easily climbed without the use of technical gear from May to November. Winter’s ascents along normal routes – from December to April – are not difficult, but require the use of axe and crampons. Best months for ice-climbing (gullies) goes from middle December to the end of March, while the period to climbing ice falls is very short (from the end of December to the end of February); conditions can change very quickly even during the coldest months on account of marine wind’s action. Best season for rock climbing and bouldering goes from May to the end of October.
Guidebooks and Maps