The unpaved road to Monte Corrasi through a lunar landscape
Monte Corrasi is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.463m (4,799ft) above the sea level, located in central-eastern Sardinia, Italy. There is little room for error on this extreme road climbing up the wildest and most remote mountain in the Mediterranean.
The mountain is located in the Supramonte mountain range. The road is simply terrible. Starting from Oliena the climb is 9.2km long. The ascent follows a forest road, sometimes shortcutting several of the curves. It’s gravel with loose rocky sections. 4x4 vehicles only. The summit looks like a lunar landscape. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day because high winds leave the summit pretty barren. It is characterized by a rocky environment with some peculiar geo-morphological elements such as karstic flats, caves, gullies, aiguilles and pinnacles with the strangest shapes.
Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The summit offers breathtaking views into the valley below. During the journey you can see the area called Giuglias, chosen by director John Houston for the film The Bible.
The road to the summit is called Strada del Monte Corrasi, part of the Strada Provinciale 22. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
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