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The sea through the cork oaks

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Area Pietrese

A small mountain peak overlooking the sea, still has what is left of a well-preserved cork forest accompanied by a phillyrea and strawberry tree, acidophilic Mediterranean scrub.

The hike starts from Ranzi, Pietra Ligure hamlet, behind the little church of Santa Libera. The gently sloping path goes straight into the woods and crosses a stream to then continue on the opposite side to "Colletto di Ranzi", a crossroads of trails. Ignore the dirt tracks and head straight towards a small path that immediately goes into a thick forest. Look for a white and red signpost marked “Loa”.

Descending a little, the trail runs along the west side of Bric Cinque Alberi (5 trees), up to a crossroads: straight ahead you would get to Loano, but you want to turn left and walk up the south side of the hill, a short yet challenging and steep climb.

You come across several specimens of broad crown cork oaks, with their characteristic cork bark, which protects them from heat, cold and fire. In autumn and winter many of their big acorns fall on the ground. The view of the sea between their branches is stunning, even though the trial is unfortunately exposed to the noise of the nearby motorway.

Once you go over the top, start the descent zigzagging through the north side towards Ranzi, crossing Colletto once again and then following the first part of the route backwards.

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How to & Rules

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Stay on track

Follow the signs: trekking routes are those marked with hiking trail signs.

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Be well equipped

Think about the duration and type of hike: what could you need? Waterproof clothing? Sun protection? Water? Appropriate footwear? For example, if you are thinking of visiting the caves or hiking to the top of a mountain, it might be a smart idea to dress in layers… even in summer!

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Check the weather forecast

Pay special attention to AllertaLiguria website and do not set off on your adventure if there should be any weather alerts.

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Plan your hike

Find out the characteristics of your itinerary (length, elevation gain, difficulty… ).

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Respect nature and the territory

Respect nature and the territory

Connect with nature, don’t litter nor be too loud and, as a general rule, respect the territory around you. Nature will thank you and so will we.

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Fire risk

Fire risk

During times of drought avoid lighting fires, choose suitable trails avoiding those in the pine forest and favouring those with alternative routes for going back.

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Emergency numbers

Emergency numbers

Remember: 1515 for forest fires, 112 for medical emergencies. No matter what, always make sure someone knows where you are headed.

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Be careful

Be careful

If it should be a more demanding experience than expected, don't hesitate to retrace your steps.

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