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South Route across Passo Bocca di Massa

 
South Route across Passo Bocca di Massa

Page Type: Route

Location: Toscana (Tuscany) / Emilia Romagna, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 44.23083°N / 10.42532°E

Object Title: South Route across Passo Bocca di Massa

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Jun 28, 2009 / Jan 13, 2010

Object ID: 524668

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Overview

 
Monte Cella
Monte Cella from Costa i Roncacci

The south route to Monte Prado, which passes to the east of Monte Cella and Monte Vecchio, is a long hiking route along the highest ridge of Toscana (Tuscany). It follows the main ridge of the Appennino and thus the border between Toscana and Emilia Romagna. The first part of the route traverses a dense and dark forest with little to see but above 1700m, when you reach the little Rifugio Cella, you pass the timberline.

There are two possible ways to reach Passo Bocca di Massa, one starting at Passo delle Forbici and one at the small hamlet (ski area) of Casone di Profecchia. The hike (ski tour) from the latter trailhead is described here.

Getting There

The Casone di Profecchia are located a few km to the west of Passo delle Radici on SS324. The main page describes the itineraries.

Route Description

Monte Cella
On the east ridge of Monte Cella

  • General:
      - Start altitude: 1314m
      - Summit altitude: 1942m
      - Prevailing exposure: South and West
      - Type: Easy, steep grass ascent to Monte Cella
      - Protection: None
  • Effort: 700m
  • Power: 1 - Easy
  • Psyche: 1 - Easy
  • Difficulty: 1 - Hike, steep at Monte Cella
  • Orientation: 1 - Marked and easy, the summit of Monte Cella is to the west of the hiking path

     
    Rifugio Cella
     
     
    Monte Vecchio and Monte Cella
     

    From the parking lot at Casone di Profecchia cross the road and head for a small staircase to the left of the restaurant. It leads to a small ski lift. At the lift turn right into the dense fir forest and follow the signs, which lead steeply up the slope. The path touches upon the higher outskirts of the hamlet before switching back and forth towards a first ridge. You will find a dirt road which you have to follow to the north. The hiking trail cuts short several of the bends of the road before finally joining it just short of Rifugio Cella, a small hut located on the Costa i Roncacci Ridge.
     
    Monte Cella
     
     
    Monte Cella
     

    At the rifugio turn right and head up the pasture until you attain Costa i Roncacci. Pass to the far side of the ridge (huge cairn!) and follow the pass to Passo Bocca di Massa. Here the route from Passo delle Forbici joins from the right. Turn left (signs to Monte Prado) upon a clearly marked path. After a few hundred metres leave the path and head up the east slope of Monte Cella instead. The slope is steep but can be climbed without further problem.
     
    Monte Vecchio
     
     
    Monte Vecchio
     

    Descend the north ridge of Monte Cella, which soon joins the regular trail for Monte Prado again. Follow the trail to the base of Monte Vecchio, where the same ritual starts. The trail passes the mountain on its eastern side. Leave the trail and follow the south-east ridge of Monte Vecchio instead. It is longer and steeper than the east ridge of Monte Cella and even a bit exposed in its topmost part.
     
    Monte Prado
     
     
    Monte Prado
     

    Again descend by the north ridge. This ridge also is much longer than the Monte Cella north ridge. Its topmost part is narrow but it soon turns wide and heads for a wide saddle at the base of Monte Prado. A bit before the saddle the hiking trail joins again and together they climb the south ridge of the mountain. The path winds its way along the ridge to a first summit, then crosses the wide summit plateau to the main summit on the far northern side.

    In winter the route is often done as a ski tour.

    Essential Gear

    Hiking gear - in winter ski tour gear.

    Images

    Monte CellaMonte PradoMonte CellaMonte PradoMonte Cella in front of Monte PradoMonte CellaMonte Vecchio and Monte Cella
    Monte VecchioMonte VecchioRifugio CellaMonte Cella