G4 – Sentiero Geologico “Inghiottitoio Battaglietta – Portella Colla”

G4 - Sentiero Geologico "Inghiottitoio Battaglietta - Portella Colla"

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G4 - Sentiero Geologico "Inghiottitoio Battaglietta - Portella Colla"

This trail allows you to observe karst landforms of the carbonate clusters, which make up the Piano Battaglia mountainous area reliefs. The sinkhole is a must stop where it is possible to experience the characterising theme of the surrounding landscape. Heading towards Rifugio Marini you can view one of the most important site in the whole area, the Jurassic coral bioherm outcrop still intact. Moving towards the SP54 road you can observe sponges and other fossils of the Triassic carbonate deposits. Continuing you get into a dense forest, where there will be a breathtaking view of the Quacella impressive amphitheater with its isolated spires, a Gothic cathedral carved into the rock. The entire route becomes an open-air laboratory where you can study and question the area geological evolution, so much examined and full of scientific ideas.

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Points along the trail
Inghiottitoio della Battaglietta
The Battaglietta Sinkhole is a small cave located at the northern footwall of Monte Spina...
Vista panoramica del Polje della Battaglietta
Going back, you can see the Battaglietta Polje; this is a large karst depression stretching...
Calcari a coralli
Returning to the main road, you proceed short way (about 300 m) and go towards...
Vista panoramica del Polje di Piano Battaglia
Once past the "Rifugio Marini" you come to Piano Battaglia Polje. Together with the Battaglietta...
In the polje there also are some small dolines and sinkholes, located on the north-western...
Calcari a spugne
After crossing the polje and returning to the main road, you will arrive in front...
Dolomie e brecce dolomitiche (Portella Arena)
Abandoning the main road (towards Portella Colla), after a few metres you have to turn...
Vista panoramica
From Portella Arena the path continues across the mountainside along the western slope of Monte Mufara....
Sovrapposizione dell'Unità Tettonica Panormide
Just before P.O. 9 the rocks change their features completely: the change goes from grey...
Vista panoramica di rilievi domiformi di natura antropica
Walking down the path towards Portella Colla, you reach Piano Trifoglio (1460 m a.s.l.); this...
Vista panoramica del rapporto strutturale tra l'Unità
From this point you can enjoy once again the view of the Panormide Tectonics Units,...
Vista panoramica dell'Anfiteatro della Quacella
About 150 metres from P.O. 11 the path curves 90° to the right; you need...
Vista panoramica di grandi blocchi detritici franati
From Provincial Road S.P. 119 you can see two asymmetrical and parallel reliefs. These are...
Flysch Numidico
After walking about 700 m, you will arrive at Portella Colla (Board D). A few...
Trail lenght: 4 Km and 397 meters
Journey time: 2 Hours
Return Journey time: 2 Hours
Trailhead elevation: 1420 m/slm
End of the trail elevation: 1633 m/slm
Recommended seasons: Autumn | Spring | Summer
Difficulty: E
Necessary equipment
  • Trekking shoes
  • Windbreaker

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