The Path Aided with the Direttissima alla Grignetta is one of the most rewarding trails in the Alps. The path is never difficult, aided where it is needed and offers a wonderful view over the rocky pinnacles and pinnacles that have made the Grigne such a famous place. From the end of the Direttissima you have many opportunities to continue along other routes.
The starting point is Piani dei Resinelli in the province of Lecco. From Ballabio you climb up the left slope uphill and, after the many hairpin bends, near the big brown welcome sign, you go uphill for another hairpin bend. Go up briefly and at the next junction keep left continuing on the narrow paved road to a parking lot near a barrier.
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From the parking lot follow the path that leads to the Carlo Porta Hut (5 'from the parking lot) from which we take path 8 uphill along the wood. We will reach a crossroads: on the right we will continue towards the Cresta Cermentati and the Cresta Sinigaglia (possible return routes), we will take the left towards the Direttissima. We will pass close to a gully and we will continue along a path that gradually becomes steeper until we reach the first wall aided with chains (30 'from the parking lot).
The trail begins to climb on some rocky spurs where you often climb diagonally and where you can use the rock to climb without sticking to the chain. It starts with some rocky outcrops to be climbed with the help of a cable to reach an exposed traverse with some brackets for the foot before going into a rocky gully with some jumps to climb. We climb the Pagani Chimney with the support of two metal ladders, the first slightly overhanging and the second leaned forward. Once ended the second ladder we find ourselves in the narrow passage of the chimney (watch out for bulky backpacks). We continue along the path between go up and down between many stupendous pinnacles in which we will have to ignore the crossroads we will encounter. In this section we will find a detour (Path 8a - Sentiero Giorgio) which leads us to Rifugio Rosalba. We continue straight and we will find ourselves at a crossroads near the Angelone Canalone:
The two alternatives for the descent are:
The Direttissima is marked as a path EE and probably for many experts it is in fact a path where the cable serves mainly as a handrail. However never skimp on safety and some traits being very exposed it is right to consider them EEA.
For the descent a possible alternative, a little longer and more difficult but rewarding is to go down for the Aided path Cecilia first and then for the Aided path Foppe or the Aided path of the Dead, divided between them by Rifugio Rosalba. This itinerary is to be considered in the order of 8 hours and to be faced with stable weather since the Cecilia Aided path has some exposed sections not protected.