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Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia

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  • A few meters after Piana dei Laghetti.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Gran Sasso at 5.30 a.m.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Dawn during the hike up to Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • The view going from Piana dei Laghetti to Arapietra.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Hiking Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Hiking Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Hiking Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Hiking Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Hiking Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Gran Sasso and the Arapietra abandoned shelter.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Gran Sasso and Pizzo d'Intermesoli.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Summer brings beautiful wildflowers along this route.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Sunrise en route to Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • The Arapietra.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • The view from Arapietra.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • - Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • View from the Corno Grande summit.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • View from the Corno Grande summit.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Dramatic views of the ridge from Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • View of Corno Piccolo from Corno Grande.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Typical Gran Sasso limestone.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Corno Piccolo.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Fiamme di Pietra.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • An exposed section of the descent.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Zen, the dog that lives at the Franchetti Shelter.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
  • Wildflowers adorn the hillsides in summer.- Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d'Italia
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Pros: 
Great views. Stunning landscapes. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Big crowds.
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Region:
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Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,540.03 ft (1,079.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
7.77 mi (12.50 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,734.91 ft (1,748.00 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This is not the classic hiking trail you usually find on guides and main websites. In fact, it is the union of three different hiking trails: The first leads from Piana dei Laghetti to Arapietra, the second leads from Arapietra to Madonnina ai Prati di Tivo (which the majority of people reach through a chair lift), and then the final section leads from Madonnina to the western summit of Gran Sasso's Corno Grande.

Sunrise is the best time to start this very long and rather hard trek, as the views and lights are absolutely breathtaking. On top of that, you will find a lot less people on your way if you start at the crack of dawn. Indeed, it can become a very crowded place near the summit during summer time. Most people will get there from Campo Imperatore, where a considerably easier trek starts. If you are lucky, you may see some chamois on your way, and beautiful wild horses populate the first part of the hike up until the Arapietra plateau.

Summer brings a constantly evolving wildflower display, and the scene seems to change every week as the weather warms. The white flowers that are typical for this area are called ornithogalum, more commonly known as chicken's milk.

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