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Abetone (La Consuma, 1340 m)
Lago Scaffaiolo (1754 m)
GRADIENT: +1440 m / -1030 m
HIKING TIME: 7 hours
High Modena Apennine Regional Park

On Monte Spigolino (author A. Lizzani)

This stage is a classic and scenic hike that connects wo of the most famous places of the northern Apennines.
The first part of the journey crosses the magnificent forest of Boscolungo going up to the little Refuge Verginetta, near Mount Maiore.

The ridge above, which soon comes out of the woods and becomes rocky, leads o he lowest of the two peaks of the Libro Aperto (1936 m). From the excellent panoramic point, the view embraces the whole of the Abetone Pass which lies in an evident split in the ridge line.

Descending he ridge below, he view of the Emilian side is dominated by the nearby bulk of Cimone, crowned by the antennas and buildings of a meteorological station.
The aerial ridge path alternates endless grasslands and blueberry fields, at times rougher, often on crushed rocks. As always, the Tuscan side is steeper, while the northern one is charachterised by ridges and glacial cirques dotted with large solitary beeches.
After the broad saddle of the hill of Acqua Marcia, one passes the Balzoni rocks, then gentler slopes lead to the Croce Arcana Pass. Here one meets he dirt road that goes from Ospitale to Cutigliano. Once past the ski facilities of Doganaccia, one continues until skirting the top of Mount Spigolino, followed by the incision of the Calanca Pass.
From here, the ridge splits into a series of depressions, in the last of which is Lake Scaffaiolo. The small body of water lies beneath the grassy op of Mount Cupolino; high on its banks stands he Duca degli Abruzzi Refuge, he last descendant of the original structure opened in 1878.


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Stage Locations and Services 

  • Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi:Info | Public transport
  • Capanno Tassoni: 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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