With 2181m / 7155ft the third highest peak of the Pollino Massif, Serra del Prete reveals itself as a truely fascinating maze of intricate swales and slopes. This mountain, indeed, constitutes a range in its own right. Especially in winter, after heavy snowfalls, an ascent becomes a very rewarding effort. The foothill of its imposing north ridge coincides with the starting point of several hiking trails: Colle Impiso (1573m / 5160ft).
Setting of well before dawn is a good idea, in particular if you should considering a traverse. Bringing crampons and your ice axe is advisable, as the snow of the steeper parts can be crusted and slippery. On a clear and cloudless day the descend on the south west ridge, towards Piano Ruggio holds a truely special prospect: the majestic snow cone you might might make out, soaring afar over the blue expanse of the Mediterranean, is Mt. Etna.
The corniced crest of the north ridgeMt. Pollino, as seen from Serra del PreteDetails of the “icy maze”Descending towards Piano Ruggio (south west ridge)