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5 - Passo Pradarena - Lama Lite

This is the highest stage of the entire journey, always above 1600 metres of altitude and at one point coming close to 2000 metres above sea level.

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On foot         

From the Pradarena Pass the hike continues along the forest road that touches Comunella Pass, and then runs on the Tuscan side, up to the slopes of Mount Sillano. A path in the forest and then a little trail lead to the top of Mount of Soraggio, an excellent place for taking in a great view: the wooded valley of Ozola and, towards the Garfagnana, a wild range of landslides at the head of the valley of the Serchio di Soraggio, with the limestone walls of the Ripa that seem to block the stream's flow. After the smashed rocks of Le Porraie, the little San Bartolomeo church announces Romecchio Pass, which in the past used to be of some importance. Next is the Focerella Pass, crossed by a forest road that may be useful in case of bad weather to quickly reach the Bargetana Refuge. The Alta Via, on the other hand, continues on the ridge, going up stony ground and expanses of blueberries to the summit plateau of Mount Castellino (1952 m), the highest point of the path. The view encompasses a vast horizon, where the jagged outline of the Apuan Alps and the nearby imposing bulk of Mount Cusna stand out. Among the boulders of the almost level ridge is the saddle of Mount Prado, where one leaves the ridge to descend rapidly to Lake Bargetana, at the foot of the glacial basin of the same name. Next, one reaches the forest road that goes up the Val d'Ozola and that quickly leads to the wide saddle of Lama Lite. The Battisti Refuge, hidden by a little hill, is located near the pass.

Further information

5 lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi

Accommodation: Rifugio Cesare Battisti, Rifugio Bargetana, Rifugio Segheria dell'Abetina Reale

 
 
 
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