Hikes


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These are our most requested trails. Choose one, two, three… seven and your week in the Pollino National Park is planned!

Easy walking at Piano Ruggio

A walk in the hearth of the National Park will allow you to discover the environment of beech trees, Bosnian Pines, stories of transhumance, lumberjacks and coalmen. The trail, above 1600 m als, is suitable for all those who want to have a first approach to the hiking or who like to enjoy a walk in the nature.
Level: easy - Altitude gain: 129 m – Duration: 3 h – Distance: 7 km

Monte Pollinello: Junkers 88

Easy hike, suitable for all, on almost flat trail to the summit of Mount Pollinello (1820 m). Along the path you meet beautiful specimens of Bosnian Pine of all ages. From the top you can see a splendid view of Calabria and on the rocky ridges of the mountain scenery of the mysterious crash of a German aircraft (Junkers Ju 88) during the Second World War. It returns on the same street.
Level: easy - Altitude gain: 220 m – Duration: 3 h

Serra delle Ciavole: The Elephants’ graveyard

Spectacular skeletons of Bosnian pines on a long but not too hard hike. Surely the most beautiful excursion to enjoy the extension and the uniqueness of the landscape. This hike is long but has moderate difficulty. It is said that the Elephants, close to the end of their life, usually go to die in so-called "elephant graveyards". The first time I walked in Serra delle Ciavole (1981) I had the impression of walking through a graveyard of elephants and for this reason I used the expression "Cemetery of Pines Loricati" because it seemed that our arboreal pachyderms, like elephants, died the same way. An amazing excursion, enriched by the charm of the Piani di Pollino which you have to cross to enjoy all their spatiality.
Level: medium - Altitude gain: 653 m – Duration: 6 h – Distance: 13 km

The beech forests of Coppola di Paola

Perhaps the most beautiful beech forest in the Pollino. For over 20 years I have been suggesting this excursion as one of the most interesting of the Pollino. Recently, thanks to a study by the University of Tuscia, they want to nominate this part of the forest as a World Heritage Site. A great satisfaction for those who have always argued that this forest "is not like the others." We will be crossing wild, old beech forests, which perhaps have never been cut, walking on a path and not even seeing the sky, with beech trees crashed to the ground and left to their natural destiny. You can meet majestic trees and on the summit you can see boundless landscapes: the mountains of Pollino and Orsomarso, Sila, the whole Basilicata and even the Aeolian Islands. Challenging hike because of the path stretches out. Spectacular in Autumn!
Level: hard - Altitude gain: 569 m – Duration: 6 h – Distance: 9 km

The loop of the Patriarchs

The scenic route on the southern spurs of Mt Pollino. We are going to climb to 2000 meters and then go down to Mt Pollinello (1,820 m), crossing the area of the "Patriarchs" : Pinus Leucodermis with an estimated age of 1000 years. Along the way, I will be glad to introduce you to the "Slinger", the "Rag", the "Harpy", the "Beech trees with long arms", the "Squid" and other fantastic trees, and then stop to take photos of orchids, fritillaria, botrichio. The view on the Valley of Coscile with Morano Calabro and Castrovillari and the Mountain of Orsomarso, showed me more than once amazing sightings of griffins, golden eagles and a threatening attack by a peregrine falcon.
Level: medium - Altitude gain: 400 m – Duration: 5 h – Distance: 12 km

Legend

Please find here the appropriate level for your hike:
  • Green - For beginners: people who have little hiking skills, kids at their first hike experience, schools. Hiking shoes or gym shoes are recommended.
  • Yellow - For medium hikers: adults used to the mountains but don't want to walk on rough trails, kids used to walk and schools with experience. Hiking shoes or god gym shoes are a must.
  • Red - For expert hikers: adults that are used to walk on difficult trails and that are well equipped against adverse weather conditions. Hiking shoes are a must.