Cerreto Laghi - 42037 Collagna
How to get there:
Località: Cerreto Laghi
Percorso:E' facilmente raggiungibile percorrendo la SS 63 fino al passo del Cerreto per poi proseguire lungo la SP 58 verso Cerreto Laghi, dove parte il percorso natura n 7 che consente la visita a tutti i laghi cerretani. Dista dal capoluogo km 15
Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco-emiliano
Technical data: The easy path, has a gradient of only 10 meters above sea level, and is 1900 meters long.
Walking time: 40 min. (Walking around lakes and climbing back to Cerreto Laghi).
Best times to visit: spring, summer, fall; in winter you can do the itinerary with cross-country skis.
It is water, the primary modeling factor of the Apennine scenery, which is the characterizing element of this area
The system of lakes surrounding Cerreto recalls a population of vegetal species connected to humid areas, that are otherwise difficult to interpret. You can in fact observe besides the typical vegetation of a lake also that of a peatbog of different evolution and stages. It is amongst the main areas of peat in the Parco del Gigante, the lake all come from the glacial period (except for the Pranda, which came about from the erosion of the Pranda glacier, which was located on Mt La Nuda (1895 m). The path begins near the lake Pranda refuge, along the unpaved road which from the SP 58 Cerreto Pass - Cerreto Laghi leads to Cerreto Alpi. It continues along a path where you can enjoy the sight of Lake Scuro which is void of tributaries and outlets and 5-6 meters deep, it works as a collecting basin of rainwater and is probably fed by an underwater spring; during summer months it undergoes a partial emptying due to scarce precipitation and heavy evaporation. Not far away you can see a swamp covered by moss and hygrophile plants, which represents the final stage of a lake's life. Following the path you cross a tall trunk beechwood, where, especially in fall, you can see many examples of red spruce, whose origin is still object of study. The erratic boulders are further proof of the ancient presence of glaciers. These huge isolated blocks of sandstone boulders were ripped away and transported even far away by the force of the glacier. Through the Briglia bridge, made in the 1950's, you reach Pranda lake (1284 meters), as previously mentioned it's an artificial lake, formed after a barrier purposely made at the edge of a vast peat bog probably derived from a pre-existent and ancient lake. Going back near the restaurant you will find a cart road which from Pranda lake leads to Cerreto Laghi.
Last update: March 8, 2021