Climb Corno Piccolo

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Distance

7 miles

Elevation Gain

2500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Josiah Roe

Corno Piccolo or "Little Horn" as part of the Gran Sasso Massif, is the rocky heart of the Italian Peninsula, providing epic views from Adriatic to Tyrrhenian Seas. While not as high as its big brother, Corno Grande, Corno Piccolo is considered to be the most alpinistic and difficult to climb of the peaks that make up the central Apennines.

Corno Piccolo (8710') or "Little Horn" as part of the Gran Sasso Massif, is the rocky, limestone heart of the Italian Peninsula, providing epic views from Adriatic to Tyrrhenian Seas. There are numerous world-class climbing routes to the summit, the most straightforward being a hike from the ski resort Prati di Tivo, which can be reached off the A24 via SS80.

From Prati di Tivo, you can either take a ski lift or a service trail that begins behind the ski lift station to La Madonnina (6653'). From there you follow the obvious trail up and to the left into Vallone delle Cornacchie where the beautiful Refugio Franchetti (7982') awaits.

During the summer the Refugio is manned by a member of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato, equivalent to a US Park Ranger, who in addition to caring for the refugio, can loan you equipment, provide directions, and sell you a beer and lunch. The view from the deck is amazing.

From the Refugio, continue up to the saddle ("Sella dei Due Corni") between Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo. At the top of the saddle if you have your ferrata gear you can take the Via Ferrata Danesi (reported to be quite difficult and missing its iron cables in places) or Le Tre Spalle around and up to the summit. The trail is largely obvious and is marked with a "3D".

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