Sartorius Mountains in the Mount Etna Massif

A Sant' Alfio walk posted on 02/08/15 by Pit. Update : 09/05/16

A gentle wander north of Etna (a few kilometres at low altitude), offering a glimpse of the terrain and its vegetation. The eruption that created the seven Sartorius crates dates back to the late nineteenth century, nature has partially returned to this area.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h10[?]
Distance Distance : 3.72km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 55m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 120m
Highest point Highest point : 1742m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1668m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Sant' Alfio
Starting point Starting point : N 37.765095° / E 15.058782°
Arrival Arrival : N 37.773372° / E 15.057623°
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Description

Start at the Rifugio Citell car park (S) at an altitude of 1750 m.

Head north on the slightly downhill road for 1.5 km to reach the beginning of Sentier Natura (sign at an altitude of 1667 m).

Shortly after the start of the trail, take the left branch that will take us back to the right branch. After the volcanic mounds visible on the right, after about 20 minutes of walking, arrive at an old barn.

(1) Then turn right (north-east). Then fork right (south-east) to pass over a lava flow.

(2) Continue south-east and climb over one rise. Head back down towards the road.

Explore the summits of Sartorius mountains in passing: they are positioned a bit like a buttonhole.

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.59 - alt. km 2.59 - Sheepfold
2 : km 3.11 - alt. km 3.11 - Lava flow
A : km 3.72 - alt. km 3.72

Useful Information

No drinking water refill point.

The Citelli refuge at the end of the road (1.5 km). Another CAI refuge exists, not far from the fold and then continuing the path branching off to the south but it is currently closed (it would, I think, require a key picked up in the Linguaglossa section for access).

Shoes with good soles to cross the lava flow.

One can of course take more than one and a half hours looking around, climbing the different small summits to enjoy the views of the craters and a wider panorama.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.