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Hiking in Liguria: Top Top Pian delle Saline and Ballaur.

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From Carnino Less (1387) take the trail that climbs winding through the forest.After having appeared out of a dirt road, you will reach Roofs of Maidens (1537) at the foot of the ramparts of the Rocks of Manco.

From here the trail climbs the orographic left side of the valley and into the narrow gorge of Saline. After crossing the river you climb in the opposite side of a grassy hill until you come out on the shelf of pastureland Gias Saline (2000).Continuing from the center of Lower Carnino (1387) take the trail that climbs winding through the forest.

After having appeared out of a dirt road, you will reach Roofs of Maidens (1537) at the foot of the ramparts of the Rocks of Manco.saline_ballaur_carnino  mapFrom here the trail climbs the orographic left side of the valley and into the narrow gorge of Saline. After crossing the river you climb in the opposite side of a grassy hill until you come out on the shelf of pastureland Gias Saline (2000).

Continuing in the center of the valley you come to the Passo delle Saline (2174).From the pass, a track goes around the eastern ridge of the mountain until you reach the summit of Cima delle Saline (2612).

From Top of Saline drops of grassland in the south-west until you reach the wide depression that extends between the Saline and Ballaur. From here, vague traces and some red marks and up the Top Ballaur Pian (2604).
Caution: in this section, in case of fog, there can be great difficulty of orientation.
From the summit along the wide ridge west arriving quickly at the Col du Pas (2342). Of the hill turn left and descend into the basin Piaggia Bella under which develops one of the largest karst systems in Italy. After touching the steering wheel-Hut Saracco (2220), the trail leads gently on the bottom of the basin to the Pass of Mastrelle (2023) beyond which falls in the Valley of Carnino. From the pass, the trail descends a steep serpentine until, at an altitude of 1700 meters, meets the route from the Shelter Don Barbera which leads quickly to Carnino Superior (1397). Finally, following the track or the trail that branches off to the left after the car park, it's back to Carnino Lower.
CARNINO INFERIORE (1387) - CIMA DELLE SALINE (2612) - CIMA PIAN BALLAUR (2604)
Rise time: 3 hours to the summit of the Saline + hours 1 to Top Pian Ballaur
Total time: 6.30 am
--> From Carnino Less (1387) take the trail that climbs winding through the forest. After having appeared out of a dirt road, you will reach Roofs of Maidens (1537) at the foot of the ramparts of the Rocks of Manco. From here the trail climbs the orographic left side of the valley and into the narrow gorge of Saline. After crossing the river you climb in the opposite side of a grassy hill until you come out on the shelf of pastureland Gias Saline (2000).

Here you will find a signpost: turn left and climb the steep green hill to the foot of the steep rock face (some faded red triangles lead a little 'more to the left, should instead take as a reference the entrance dell'evidentissimo canal that runs under the great wall). Climb carefully the channel: you can walk on the rocks (degree of difficulty F, with snow ice ax and crampons are needed), or slightly to the left, on mixed terrain of rocks and grass (EE, some red marks). It comes out then south-eastern edge of the plateau Saline Ballaur and continue to the right along the ridge to the summit of Salt (2612) forthcoming.

Warning: the last section, in case of fog, there can be great difficulty of orientation.
On his return he follows the trail that descends along the eastern ridge of the mountain to the Passo delle Saline (2174). Then turn right and follow the good path that leads to short Gias Saline beyond which there is a link with the ascent route.
CARNINO INFERIORE (1387) - CIMA DELLE SALINE (2612)
Rise time: 3 hours
Total time: 5.15 am
 
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