Rating The Route (By Hiking Standards)
Steep southern grassy slopes
From 614m to 1636m, exposition S (on the ridge W and E). Marked path, steep grassy slopes and a few rocky sections on the ridge. Otherwise broad path (mulatiera).
cca 1200m (on the ridge several short ascents and descents). 3h to the ridge, 1h for crossing, 2:30h for the descent.
1 - No difficulties.
2 - Easy (some care needed, you already feel depth).
1 - No difficulties.
You start the tour in Monteaperta village, 614m. See the main page how to get there.
At hunters observation point
You start the tour in the village, by a fountain above the church, where you see the inscription for path No. 710 (the path No. 711 starts a bit lower in the village). A nice path soon exits the village, crosses the ravine and starts ascending up by a beautiful side crest, covered with woods. Higher the path turns once left into the ravine, does a short scree and rocky section and soon returns again on the ridge. You keep ascending up in many turns, until you reach a hunters observation point. From there you already see the grassy upper slopes.
The S slopes of Gran Monte
The marked path continues ascending by the grassy ridge, which now starts getting a bit steeper. The panorama is broader and broader, decorated by the last trees, growing on these southern slopes. When the path reaches the steep upper slopes, it starts turning slowly towards the left, crossing the steep grassy slopes above the distinct ravine, which we see all the time left of our ridge. Actually here the path uses a steep band, ascending upwards. These slopes are steep enough that skiing here down would not be recommended any more. Just before reaching the ravine the path turns up again. We already see the nearby summit of M. Testa Grande, 1556m on the left. A few more steep meters and we reach the main ridge. The panorama on Musi/Muzci range and on Kanin mountains opens.
On the summit ridge
We can do a quick ascent on M. Testa Grande and return. From here on we follow the main crest all the time towards the east. We almost have the altitude, but the crest to the highest point of Briniza/Brinica will take us another good 30 minutes. It goes up and down over a few less distinct elevations, some sections of the path are steep and rocky and require some care. It is still a hiking route, but on several places we use hands to maintain balance. In winter, steep sections can be tricky if covered with hard snow or even ice.
Looking down on Monteaperta
From the summit of Briniza/Brinica we see the further section clearly ahead. The next elevation is still steep to overcome, especially descents into notches go over a few rocky sections. Then we have only gentle grassy slopes down to the big cross on point 1540m (Forcella Kris). This is the point on the main ridge, where from Monteaperta a broad ex military path (mulatiera) over the south slopes of Briniza/brinica comes (marked as path No. 711). In the upper part the path is rocky and deteriorated enough that a mountain bike descent would not be just joyful, but in the lower part it is comgortable and could be also used for biking. In endless turns we lose altitude, first over grassy then forested slopes and finally around the corner (after we cross the ravine) we reach Monteaperta village.
Usual hiking gear. Poles very useful.
Italian route description: http://www.sentierinatura.it/homepage.htm
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