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  • Wildflowers are common along this route in the spring.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Road to Ovindoli from Celano.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Paved section from Celano to Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Wild saffron in Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Wild saffron flowers in Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking from Celano to Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking from Celano to Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Great views of the valley below en route to Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Gole di Celano is visible in the distance.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • View of Gole di Celano from the trail.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Tree avalanche on the route.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Parco Sirente Velino.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Parco Sirente Velino.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • The route toward Abruzzi.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Views on the route toward Aielli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • There may be some snow in early spring.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • The biking trail from Celano to Ovindoli.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Parco Sirente Velino.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Parco Sirente Velino.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • The mountainous landscape of Central Italy.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • The mountainous landscape of Central Italy.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking the Celano, Ovindoli and Aielli Loop- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain Biking near Serra di Celano.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Sirente Velino Natural Park.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • This is one of the best mountain biking routes in Abruzzi.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Abruzzo.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking in Central Italy.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking the Celano, Ovindoli and Aielli Loop- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • Mountain biking the Celano, Ovindoli and Aielli Loop.- Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
  • - Celano, Ovindoli + Aielli Mountain Biking Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Stunning landscapes. Wildflowers. Big variety of landscapes.
Cons: 
Initial paved section with car traffic. Possible snow and tree trail obstructions.
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Region:
Other,
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,644.36 ft (806.00 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
20.19 mi (32.50 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,500.00 ft (762.00 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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This is a beautiful and rather committing mountain biking route that starts from the town of Celano. If you will be riding in a clockwise direction, which is recommended, the route heads northwest toward Ovindoli, continues east and then south over a doubletrack jeep road toward the town of Aielli, and the returns to Celano.

The ascent is constant for the first two thirds of the loop as you progress from Celano to Ovindoli and beyond. The view over Gole di Celano and the surrounding area of Sirente Velino Natural Regional Park is completely worth the effort of the hardest sections. Expanses of wild saffron can be admired along the way, as well as beautiful woods of firs and beeches.  

Relief from the ascent finally comes in the last section of the trail as the route pushes through a pass roughly halfway between Ovindoli and Aielli. From here the ride is generally downhill, and in some places it can become quite steep and bumpy (hence the recommended clockwise approach to the loop). 

Note that there may be obstructions on the trail, especially in spring. Snow and fallen trees are not uncommon and may require you to carry your bike in some places.

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