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Contrada Tribuna

 

Page Type: Route

Location: Sicilia, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 37.95171°N / 14.00165°E

Object Title: Contrada Tribuna

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Hike

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Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Jun 18, 2006 / Jul 9, 2006

Object ID: 201181

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Overview

Monte Grotta Grande and Pizzo Carbonara
Monte Grotta Grande and Pizzo Carbonara

The panoramic route from the I Pianetti Saddle to Monte Grotta Grande is an easy hike along pastures used for extensive cattle grazing. Though you can't get lost, the correct path is often lost among cattle trails. Moreover there are several small wooded patches - dwarf beeches - which can form tiring obstacles. However, Monte Grotta Grande can be seen during two thirds of the route so that finally everyone will be able to reach it.

The character of the route is a mere panoramic hike for most of the time. However, shortly before reaching the summit you have to cross a saddle. In itself the saddle is unproblematic but it is overgrown with nettles and blackberries so that the logical route along the north ridge is out of bounds. Instead a wide loop leads to the easy south "ridge" and up to the summit.

Getting There

The saddle I Pianetti can be easily reached by a 30 min drive from Cefalu on the north coast. Buses go from Isnello to the Sanctuario at Gibilmanna, which is about 2km from the trailhead.

More information can be found on the main page.

Route Description

Pizzo San Angelo
Pizzo San Angelo

  • General data
      - Start altitude: 834m
      - Summit altitude: 1064m
      - Prevailing exposition: E
      - Type: 2h on paths (sometimes vanishing)
      - Protection: unprotected
  • Effort: 400m elevation gain
  • Power: 1 - easy
  • Psyche: 1 - easy - only the summit is exposed to one side

    Between Gibilmanna and the village of Gratteri, there is a saddle, called I Pianetti, where you can find a place to park your car. The trailhead is 50m to the west of the saddle (Gratteri side), where you turn from the road onto a clearly visible path. As you hike along several more paths join and leave, all an indication of the area being used for cattle and sheep grazing.

    Hike along the slope (called Contrada Tribuna), descending at first but later ascending and finally keeping almost level. Pizzo Carbonara, Monte Puraccia and Pizzo San Angelo accompany you along the way. You reach a small saddle, into which you have to descend. There is a small unused cabin at the base of the depression, located in a thicket of blackberries and nettles. Also the direct route to Monte Grotta Grande is barred by the thicket, so that generally the north ridge is not climbed.

    Instead, hike to the cabin and cross the thicket at its narrowest stretch to the right (west). Circle around it until you get to a cattle fence. Don't cross, rather follow the fence since it ends almost on the Monte Grotta Grande summit. A few scrambling steps and you are at the summit cross.

    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear is sufficient. Bring lots of water - there is no shadow in the Dipilo Group.

    Images

    Pizzo San AngeloMonte Grotta Grande and Pizzo CarbonaraTraversing the slopesMonte PuracciaTrailhead at I Pianetti