A selection of 10 beautiful paths, sorted by increasing degree of difficulty.
Easy hiking trails
1. The Gran Sasso and the endless spring blooms
When the accesses to the large plateau reopen, simply enjoy the thousand colors of the blooms, walking in the prairies. Let’s know and respect Nature! Even more so in a National Park.
2. Canyon dello Scoppaturo
A mid-lenght walk along landscapes that will transport you to other times and places, like in a western movie. Path accessible to all.
3. Among the villages of Campo Imperatore
Along the sheep tracks and pastures of the L’Aquila side of the Gran Sasso, between medieval villages (Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Rocca Calascio and Castel del Monte) and a myriad of valleys that hide small lakes like precious gems.
One of the most panoramic terraces of the Apennines. Starting from Prati di Tivo (1450m), you quickly leave the beech forest and across wide pastures you reach the Albergo Diruto and the so-called Madonnina (2015m), from where the most difficult paths and climbing routes on this side start. Constantly under the looming presence of the Due Corni, the view extends from a large part of the central Apennines to the Adriatic coast.
5. Il Fondo della Salsa
Short route that from the Castelli area, through the beech forest, reaches the base of the largest vertical wall of the Apennines (and one of the largest in Europe), the famous North Face of Monte Camicia. Until May, there is an astounding snowfield dominated by high waterfalls.
6. The Duca degli Abruzzi Refuge
Only when conditions permit (between June and October), the ascent along the easy path that connects the Ostello Campo Imperatore (2115m, always open reachable by cable car) to the Duca degli Abruzzi refuge (2388m, open only in summer) it is a must-do experience. It requires good shape, a minimal familiarity with high mountains terrain and suitable clothing.
7. Vado di Corno e Monte Brancastello
The ancient pass of Transhumance. Easy path that leads to Vado di Corno, with an unexpected view of the Adriatic Sea and the amazing wall of Corno Grande. It is from here that the Sentiero del Centario begins, which can be easily followed along the edge of the ridge up to Monte Brancastello.
8. Valley of Chiarino
One of the longest and deepest valleys of the Gran Sasso. Starting from Lake Provvidenza, in the upper Vomano valley, you enter the beech forest and reach the pastures of the Fioretti Refuge (1500m, open on request). The valley continues, squeezed between Monte Corvo and the Cima delle Malecoste until it reaches the heart of the massif. Very solitary and magnificent in early summer.
9. Rio Arno Waterfall
Beautiful path, perfect to follow in the summer, which from Pietracamela enters the beech forest going up the Rio Arno Valley, until you reach the waterfall, which slightly precedes the springs. We are in the wild nature of Val Maone, between the Due Corni and Pizzo Intermesoli.
10. The Fosso dell’Acero
Long, magnificent path in the Monti della Laga, also known as the Cento Fonti (Hundreds Springs), to be followed when the terrain is dry and avoiding late spring. Leaving from Cesacastina and going up the valley, you go up in the direction of Monte Gorzano along the stream that forms jumps, waterfalls and natural pools. Unique views of the Gran Sasso chain.
For more demanding routes (classified from EE and up) and for other activities and experiences, ask our advice.