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Piglionico - Rifugio Rossi - Foce Puntone

Piglionico - Rifugio Rossi - Foce Puntone

Piglionico - Rifugio Rossi - Foce Puntone

Page Type: Route

Location: Toscana (Tuscany), Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 44.03744°N / 10.32346°E

Object Title: Piglionico - Rifugio Rossi - Foce Puntone

Route Type: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Hike and Scramble

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Pania della Croce
Pania della Croce

Of the many routes which lead to the summit of Pania della Croce, the one starting at Piglionico is by far the shortest. It starts at roughly 1100m so that only 800 - 900m have to be climbed. Depending on the conditions it is either an easy scree scramble or - when snow patches cover the main ascent couloir - can turn into a hazardous balancing act on unstable ground. We were "lucky" to climb the route in the latter conditions which added some excitement to the climb.

The first part of the route runs through a dense beech forest along a steep, rutted path which turns shallow as you head above the timberline. From there A slope traverse takes you past Rifugio Rossi to the saddle of Foce Puntone, where the real ascent starts. The route follows the scree filled eastern couloir and heads out slightly to the north of the summit. A final traverse along the north ridge takes you to the top.

The overall climbing time is something between 2:30h and 3h.

Getting There

Pania della Croce north ridge from Rifugio Rossi

See the main page Getting There section. The last itinerary is the one to Piglionico.

Route Description

Pania della Croce
Pania della Croce during the traverse to Foce Puntone

  • General:
      - Start altitude: 1100m
      - Summit altitude: 1858m
      - Prevailing exposure: North, then East, at last East and West along the ridge
      - Type: Steep Scree Scramble
      - Protection: None
  • Effort: 800m
  • Power: 2 - Very steep
  • Psyche: 2 - Medium exposure on the north ridge
  • Difficulty: 2 - Steep scramble
  • Orientation: 1 - Marked and easy

    From the Chapel at Piglionico follow the road until it ends. Here a path takes you across a rocky rib into the beech forest underneath Pania Secca. Since you are underneath the north face the forest is rather dark and contains snowfields until late in the year. The path first traverses several hundred metres to the east before steeply climbing up a wide valley. Every now and then it touches upon a limestone rib (views) but quickly returns into the deep forest. After about an hour you head above the timberline and step on the sloped karst plateau between the two Panie.
    Uomo Morto s Nose
    Southern Alpi Apuane
    Pizzo delle Saette

    A few hundred metres onto the plateau the normal route to Pania Secca turns off to the left, heading through a kind of heath. The Pania della Croce route turns right and heads for the nose of the dead man, Uomo Morto. Beneath this nose you'll reach Rifugio Rossi alle Panie. Pass the rifugio and head on underneath Uomo Morto's features. A traverse takes you to Foce Puntone, the saddle between Uomo Morto and Pania della Croce. From the saddle you have a good view of the things to come.
    Looking into the east couloir
    Uomo Morto and Pania Secca
    Final Steps

    Right at Foce Puntone the eastern couloir starts, which ends right underneath the summit. At first the path runs along the eastern side of the couloir before heading down into its centre. A few zigzags take you to its eastern end from where the route turns north-west, heading for the norhern summit ridge of the mountain. At a trail intersection (one path comes up from Foce di Mosceta the west, another one heads over to Pizzo delle Saette) turn left and follow the remainder (200m) of the ridge towards the summit. There are two paths, one on the very ridge (medium exposure) and one to its east (no exposure).

    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear is generally sufficient. We still had much snow in late May which would have demanded winter equipment.


    Pania della Croce north ridgeSouthern Alpi ApuaneUomo Morto\'s NosePania della CroceEast CouloirPizzo delle SaetteLooking into the east couloir
    Uomo Morto and Pania SeccaLooking into the nostrils of Uomo MortoFinal StepsPania della CroceUomo Morto