Laghi di Pilato is a 11.3 kilometer out and back trail located near Arquata Del Tronto, Marche, Italy that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 11.3 km Elevation Gain: 1,018 m Route Type: Out & Back


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It is the best known and most visited route. Unlike that of Foce, which leads directly to the lake, here is an intermediate stage; you arrive first at the Tito Zilioli refuge (2,240 m asl) which is nothing more than a small house at the foot of Monte Vettore (2,276 m asl). Forca di Presta is about 8 km from Castelluccio di Norcia (PG) and can be reached by following the SP 477. Parking for cars is not a problem; they can be left safely at the edge of the road right at the top of the Forca di Presta pass (1,534 m asl). From here one immediately identifies the starting point of the path (No. 101) on the left coming from Castelluccio. Slowly, it rises to an altitude up to over the mountain ridges up to almost 2,000 meters. The town of Castelluccio will follow you almost always along the ascent to the refuge while, the more you climb, the easier it will be to recognize a powerful rock mass towards the south: it is the Gran Sasso with its almost 3,000 meters high. the hut usually stops to rest for a while, to refresh and even to decide whether or not to descend to the lake, if you want to make a detour to the top Carrier (the highest of the Sibillini) or totally change the itinerary and continue on the ridges above it enjoying a spectacular view. For the Lago di Pilato (1,949 m asl), from the Zilioli refuge (2,240 m asl) it begins to descend; they are in fact lower, but the fact of having to do the descent must not be misleading. From the beginning we go down without having to follow a very specific path, then at some point you will find one that lately, (especially at the beginning), has been gradually getting more and more ruined. However with the right attention, there will be no problems and from here you can observe the beauty of the lake so important and unique. The water changes color depending on the intensity of the sun, from an intense green and a light blue, blue ... and then if you have the foresight to observe it in an overall vision, perhaps you will be able to distinguish a light orange color at the edges for the presence of the Chirocefalo that tiny crustacean. This trail, Number 101 on the trail map, is classified with difficulty grade E; bring the usual hat and the wind jacket; the refuge is located at a fairly high altitude, the wind almost always pulls and when you arrive you will be sweaty enough, especially if it is a hot day; there are no places to shelter from the sun along the way. Bring water because you won't find any.

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