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Corni di Lago Scuro

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Brescia, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.22143°N / 10.57029°E

Object Title: Corni di Lago Scuro

County: Lombardia

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Scrambling, Via Ferrata

Season: Summer

Elevation: 10387 ft / 3166 m

 

Page By: Silvia Mazzani

Created/Edited: Oct 13, 2016 / Sep 6, 2017

Object ID: 985084

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Overview

Corni di Lago Scuro 3166 m




Corni di Lago Scuro 3166 m is a mountain located in the Adamello Group, Nodo del Venerocolo, formed by three summits amongst which the highest is the central one, the most individualized. Three main ridges converge near the summit: the SW ridge arising from Passo di Lago Scuro, the East ridge running from Passo del Maroccaro and the longer North ridge starting from Passo di Casamadre. This latter originates the Northern Corno di Lago Scuro. The mountain is famous and frequently climbed also in reason of the presence, a few meters below the summit, of the Bivacco Amici della Montagna, a little shelter realized by the alpine guide Giovanni Faustinelli using the Great War (WWI) remains still existing on the summit.
The Adamello Group and the nearby Presanella during the war were situated along the Italian-Austrian border and represented the theater of the so-called White War, during which the armies had to fight in high altitude. Corni di Lago Scuro during the Great War was at first an Austrian outpost, successively it was occupied from the Italians, who built many war stations, connecting the Cresta di Casamadre with the summit of Corni di Lago Scuro with a daring fortified itinerary starting from Passo di Casamadre.

Corni di Lago Scuro from Capanna Presena
Corni di Lago Scuro from Capanna Presena

Small alpine lake near Passo del Paradiso
Small alpine lake near Passo del Paradiso




This route, recently refitted, constitutes the well known Sentiero dei Fiori (Flowers Trail) a magnificent itinerary with stretches of Via Ferrata and bold metal bridges hanging in the air, allowing the scramblers to reach the summit of Corni di Lago Scuro without climbing difficulty, anyhow requiring a minimum of experience on rough terrain and the proper "via ferrata" gear.

Corni di Lago Scuro summit pano toward Lobbia Glacier
Summit pano toward Lobbia Glacier

Bivacco
Bivacco "Amici della Montagna", a small shelter on the summit

Getting There

The starting point is Passo del Tonale, located at 1883 m., an alpine col dividing the Ortles-Cevedale Group to the north from the Adamello and Presanella groups to the South. It connects the Val di Sole (Trento province) to the East with Alta Valle Camonica (Ponte di Legno, Brescia province) to the West.

Getting to Passo del Tonale

- From Autobrennero (Trento or Bolzano)

From Autobrennero exit San Michele and take the road 43 running through Val di Non and then Val di Sole, getting to Passo del Tonale.

- From Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio (Val Rendena)

- Take the road getting to Passo Campo Carlo Magno and Malè, here turn to left taking the road to Passo del Tonale

- From Brescia and Bergamo

- the roads coming from Brescia and Bergamo combine near Darfo into the state road SS 42 of Tonale and Mendola, which is running near the western limits of the Adamello Natural Park, crossing the villages of Boario Terme, Breno, Cimbergo, Paspardo, Cedègolo, Edolo, Temù and getting to the important resort of Ponte di Legno m. 1258 (66 km from Darfo), then to Passo del Tonale.

Fighting between two puppies of ibex near Passo Casamatta
Fighting between two puppies of ibex near Passo di Casamatta

Blooming along
Blooming along "Sentiero dei Fiori"

Corno di Lago Scuro main routes

There are two main routes to climb Corni di Lago Scuro. The approach to both routes is from the Passo del Tonale, reaching the Passo del Paradiso via the cable car that starts from Passo del Tonale.

North-East Ridge

A classic and pleasant climb following the obvious ridge facing NE and overlooking the Presena basin - Max IV grade UIAA, 250 m, 8 pitches
From Passo del Paradiso reach Capanna Presena, then scamble up along the scree slopes heading towards the obvious ridge overlooking tha basin.

Start of NE ridge of Corno di Lago Scuro
Start of NE ridge of Corno di Lago Scuro
Corni di Lago Scuro, view toward Passo Presena
Summit view toward Passo Presena
Climbing a fine corner on NE ridge, Corni di Lago Scuro
A fine corner on NE ridge



Sentiero dei Fiori

A long crossing connecting Passo di Casamadre with the main summit of Corni di Lago Scuro - Via Ferrata.
From Passo del Paradiso hike up rightward to Passo di Casamatta (signpost "Sentiero dei Fiori"). From the pass it starts this beautiful itinerary across caves, suspended bridges and some easy sections of Via Ferrata, getting the Bivacco "Amici della Montagna", locate a few meters below the main summit.

People at the shelter on Corno di Lago Scuro summit
People at the shelter on the summit
A window inside a WWI cave along Sentiero dei Fiori
WWI cave along Sentiero dei Fiori
Suspended bridge along Sentiero dei Fiori
Suspended bridge along Sentiero dei Fiori

Red Tape

Logo of Parco Naturale Adamello - Brenta


No fees no permits required. Corno di Lago Scuro is situated within Adamello-Brenta Natural Park, the largest protected area in Trentino, established in the year 1967. It's located in Western Trentino and with its 620.51 square kilometers includes the mountain groups of Adamello, Presanella and Brenta Dolomites, separated by Val Rendena.

When to Climb

Best months are June, July, August and September.

Where to stay

Different possibilities of accomodation in Val di Sole and Val Camonica

Meteo

Meteo Trentino

Meteo Lombardia

Guidebooks and Maps

 
Adamello Guidebook
 


"Adamello vol. II" - Pericle Sacchi (Guide dei Monti d'Italia CAI-TCI)

Map "Adamello - Presanella" - 4LAND Alpine Cartography n. 138 1:25.000

Images

Fighting between two puppies of ibex near Passo CasamattaA window inside a WWI cave along Sentiero dei FioriCorni di Lago Scuro summit pano toward Lobbia GlacierCorni di Lago Scuro from Capanna PresenaStart of NE ridge of Corno di Lago ScuroCorni di Lago Scuro, view toward Passo PresenaClimbing a fine corner on NE ridge, Corni di Lago Scuro
Bivacco "Amici della Montagna", a small shelter on the summit of Corno di Lago ScuroSmall alpine lake near Passo del ParadisoSuspended bridge along Sentiero dei FioriPeople at the shelter on Corno di Lago Scuro summitAn equipped part along "Sentiero dei Fiori"Blooming along "Sentiero dei Fiori" (Cerastium uniflorum)Corno di Lago Scuro
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