Monte Corrasi is the highest summit of the Supramonte
mountain range of Sardinia / Sardegna. It is a very popular mountain to hike onto - the normal route doesn't pose any difficulties. In fact half of the ascent follows a forest road, sometimes shortcutting several of the curves. As highest summits go the views from the top of Corrasi go very far - with all the major mountain ranges (Monte Albo
, Monte Nieddu) in sight.
Supramonte is a karst high plateau composed of white limestone which drops vertically on its northern and western sides. To the north there are Bruncu Nieddu
, Punta Cusidore
, Punta sos Nidos
and Punta Ortu Camminu
, to the west Punta Carabidda
and Monte Corrasi. A little further south Punta sa Pruna and Punta de sos Curoz form a smaller side ridge with less impressive faces.
In contrast to the other Supramonte summits Monte Corrasi is not a climbing destination. Though quite impressive, when viewed from its western side the rock is rather fragile. This resulted in a lot of towers and spires being formed by time in front of the west face, again offering great and dramatic views from the top towards the plains below. Being part of Supramonte Monte Corrasi is covered by the same myriads of flowers though its somewhat higher elevation and high winds leave the summit pretty barren. In sheltered gullies below the summit you can find bushes of wild peonies and rosemary together with the abundant St. Pankratius Lillies and Cyclamen.
Interactive overview Map of Supramonte. The summits (and gorges) which have been submitted to SP are marked in red.
The Western Face: Towers and Spires
On its western side Monte Corrasi drops some 500m into the valley below. These drops are not vertical, however, erosion has formed quite a number of bizzarre structures. Some of these spires resemble structures you can find in the Dolomites.
Sardinia can be reached either by plane or by ferry. The main ports are Porto Torres and Olbia in the north and Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. Airports are at Alghero and Olbia in the north as well as (again) Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. For exploring the north eastern part of the island where most of the mountains are the best entry point is Olbia, which is where most flights go anyway.
Approaching the mountain from Olbia airport
Get on motorway SS 131 south in the direction of Siniscola / Nuoro. At the exit Lula / Dorgali get off and turn on SP38 south (again direction Dorgali). Shortly before you reach the town turn right on SP46, direction Oliena. In Oliena follow the signs to Monte Maccione, which - if I understand correctly - is the larger mountain of which Punta Carabidda and Punta Ortu Camminu are a part of. The road leads to a restaurant at which you can park your car.