Mentorella

Landscape
Fun
Fisical strenght
Tecnical difficulty
Average

Finally after years of stories on Mentorella with Michela we find the opportunity to go and discover this legendary path under Monte Guadagnolo not far from Rome

We park at Pisoniano and climb up to the cemetery of Capranica Prenestina where we decide to leave the boring asphalt and venture down the dirt road to Monte Callo. The trail is a good part pedaled with some short stretches, also features some fun technical sections. Panorama not seen due to bad weather: low clouds, drizzle, strong wind and cold were our traveling companions. Shortly after the cross of Monte Callo we shortly reach the asphalt to Guadagnolo, do not go up to the village but straight to the Sanctuary of Mentorella without letting us escape a short stretch in freeride.

Quick tour of the Sanctuary, visit the cave of San Benedetto and after greeting the human skulls we head towards the Path Karol Wojtyla. The first half of the trail does not present great difficulties except for some tight bends, the bottom is compact and there are some technical steps on the rock. A good heating for what will come next …

In the second half the technical sections on rock start to become the norm, the hairpin bends follow each other in rapid succession and the trail becomes on average steeper with roots that sprout like mushrooms! This is obviously the most fun part for those who love challenges 🙂
Unfortunately, the descent ends quickly, about 400m in altitude, and we return to Pisoniano avoiding the asphalt but pushing a short uphill stretch.

The Mentorella left us satisfied, short but intense. We advise you not to do it like us with the wet since the rocks become like soap even though like me, you could find it more fun !! : D: D

Total distance: 25.76 km
Max elevation: 1187 m
Min elevation: 422 m
Total climbing: 1071 m
Total descent: -1084 m
Total Time: 05:56:43
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