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Lago Scaffaiolo (1754 m)
Rif. Monte Cavallo (1280 m)
GRADIENT: +450 m / -920 m
HIKING TIME: 5 hours
 Corno alle Scale Regional Park

lake Scaffaiolo (author A. Lizzani)The last stage in the Emilian high ridge landscape, this one starts the descent towards the valley of the Reno river and the Bologna area mid- mountains.
From Lake Scaffaiolo one hikes up to the nearby Tre Termini Pass and from there, while remaining at the same altitude, one reaches Strofinatoio Pass (1847 m), crossing the last glacial cirque to be met along the Alta Via. This is he orographic hub where, pointing north, the Corno alle Scale ridge begins.
Descending to Cancellino Pass, and traversing the northern slopes of Mount Gennaio, one comes to the Uccelliera spring. Here one leaves the ridge trail (number 00, to be met again in ten days’ journey) skirting along the Poggio delle Ignude, where the Porta Franca Refuge can be reached in a few minutes by making a detour.
The Alta Via continues along an easy path that first crosses the upper valley of the river Causso, completely covered with woods, then meets the lovely glades of the Rombiciaio and of Pian dello Stellaio. From here an easy forest road leads o the wide wooded saddle of Tre Croci Pass, a few minutes’ walk from the Monte Cavallo Refuge.

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  • Posto Tappa Rifugio Monte Cavallo: Info | Public transport  

Bivouac with tent: in some areas it is possible to spend the night in a tent, setting it up at sunset and dismantling it at dawn.

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published on 2018/11/19 12:15:00 GMT+1 last modified 2022-09-08T16:17:03+01:00

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