High altitude views and forests
This ring-shaped itinerary starts from the Mount Colle Fergiara and allows one to reach the peak of
Mount La Pelosa (1635 AMSL), which is the highest point of the mountains in the Lower Nera Valley and has a great panoramic view. This itinerary also allows one to cross one of the most important areas of the valley for its nature.
The beginning of the path is comfortable, going up along a comfortable driveway, among pastures and junipers, dog roses and beech tree forests. Later the path becomes steeper, as far as the peak of Mount La Pelosa, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of most of the central Apennine Mountains like : the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga Mountains, Mount Terminillo and the Sibillini Mountains.
Looking towards the West on clear days it is even possible to see the Tyrrhenian Sea, the promontory of Argentario and the Island of Giglio.
Going down the Mount La Pelosa, the itinerary continues in the shadow of beech trees and Turkey oaks, among which wide clearings like Prato Manente and Colle Bertone can be found. The atmosphere is very relaxing and one can only 'hear' the 'voice of the forest'. Last short segment is the paved road leading back to Colle Fergiara, which is the starting point.
The name Mount La Pelosa (1635 mt AMSL) was probably chosen for the presence of beech tree forests up to its peak which have been preserved from pasture and tillage during the centuries.
From the highest point of the mount one can enjoy a breathtaking view going from the Gran Sasso mountain chain to the Mounts Sibillini chain; on clear days one can even see the Tyrrenian sea.
From Polino main square, one can take the paved road which meets the Acquaviva Fountain (well-known for the quality of its waters) and leads to Mount Colle Bertone, which is a famous holiday area in the municipality of Polino. During the summer Colle Bertone is very active, with people coming to go for walks or have picnics amidst clearings and beech tree forests.