The Aided path Cecilia is an aided path that connects the Rosalba Hut to the Cresta Cerminati path that goes back to the Southern Grigna. The path is not strictly vertical and helps us to cut between up and down the rocky wall below the Cresta Segantini.
The starting point of the itinerary is Pian dei Resinelli in the province of Lecco. You reach this hamlet from Ballabio going up the various bends. When you reach the hamlet, look for parking near the former Alippi hut where we will park the car.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
The approach path of this trip includes arriving at Rifugio Rosalba. Although it would also be possible for other paths, this report considers the former Alippi hut at Piani Resinelli as a starting point and then follows path 9, known as the Foppe Aided path (see here report) that will take us to Rifugio Rosalba (1h 45 'from the parking lot). Along the ascent path one could also opt for the variant Aided path of the Dead that more steeply and saving about 15 minutes leads us to the hut (1h 30 'from the parking lot).
The ferrata will allow us to reach the Cresta Cermenati passing under the mountaineering Cresta Segantini to then reach the peak of Grignetta from the Cermenari ridge.
From the hut, follow path 10 which enters a rocky amphitheater and in 10 minutes with the first metal equipment leads us to Colle Garibaldi (1824 m). Continue along the path, now in Val Scarettone, meeting some aided sections until you reach Colle Valsecchi where the Direttissima path joins Cecilia (at this link you find the report of the Aided path of the Direttissima). We shortly meet and ignore the detour towards left for the Aided path of Val Scarettone (at this link you will find the review of this path leading also to the Grignetta peak by climbing the Federazione gully in the end).
Yes along uphill and downhill sections under the Cresta Sagrantini. Undertake a long traverse with chains under the Central Pylon. You will face sections of path easy to walk with other sections on rockey jumps, traverses and ledges, aided sometimes with chains other not aided. You will climb some exposed walls but with good holds until you reach the path 7 of the Cresta Cermenati. From this stretch the difficulties are reduced by many and with still few stretches aided with chain we reach the top of the Southern Grigna (1h 30 'from the Rosalba hut, 3h 15' total).
From the top of the Grignetta, one could descend in two directions:
During the Aided Path Cecilia, many stretches along stretches under the high Cresta Segantini which is a mountaineering route. In this section it is definitely recommended to use a helmet all the way because there could be discharges from above. Furthermore, in some parts of the route it is necessary to pay attention to the various signs (blue-red circles) along the route.
As indicated in the approach, the Cecilia Trail is often addressed after having traveled on Aided path Foppe. As indicated in the descent section it is possible to combine this climb with some ring routes (also aided).
Remaining near the Southern Grigna, one could consider a multi-day itinerary that also combines an trip to the Northern Grigna (or Grignone) where you can climb the Ferrata of CAI Mandello at Sasso Carbonari. Going closer to the lake, one could evaluate the Aided path Sileggio or the Aided path of the River.
Approach: 1:45 h
Ferrata: 1:30 h
Itinerary: 5:30 h
Via Ferrata gap: 259 m
Route difference: 850 m
Max altitude: 2184 m
Length: 14 Km