• Activities:

    Chillin, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2500 Feet

Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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".

Pack List

Equipment is season-dependent. You do not need a permit to visit the park unless you're attempting to camp, which is not allowed without a special permit. Many climbing sleep under the ski-lifts in Prati di Tivo, aka "Hotel Chairlift".

  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Money to buy beer and food at Rifugio Franchetti
  • Ice axe early in the season, as snow can sometimes cover the Sella dei Due Corni
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Community Photos

+ Add Photos


Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Leave a Review

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Josiah Roe Admin

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. - John Muir

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Hike the Sugar Bowl Loop in Kings Canyon NP

Tulare County, California

First and foremost, to get to this trailhead you need to drive down a 2-mile, one lane dirt road that is quite steep.

3 Saves

Hike to Ehukai Pillbox

59178 Ke Nui Road, Hawaii

This hike starts directly across from Banzai Pipeline, the famous barreling wave at Ehukai Beach.

7 Saves

Winter Hike to Calypso Cascades

1046 County Highway 115, Colorado

While most people go snowshoeing near the Bear Lake or Glacier Gorge area in RMNP, Wild Basin is a much less trafficked option.

5 Saves