Starting point: Prizzi (PA)

Route 1: Source of River Sosio

– altitude  a.s.l .:  from 600 m  up to 750 m 

route lenght : about  7 km

travel time :  4 hours (combined pace) , 1 hour break

technical difficulty:  medium-low

required  equipment : gaiters/boots – cap/helmet

– available boxes : 6 and, as as an alternative, housepostings and fences

recommended period :  between  20 March and  30 September

Route 2: Lake Prizzi

– altitude  a.s.l .:   from  600 m  up to 750 m

– route lenght : about 15 km

– t- travel time :  7 hours (combined pace) , 1 hour break

– technical difficulty:  medium-low

– required  equipment : gaiters/boots – cap/helmet

–  available boxes : 6 housepostings and fences

– recommended period :  between  20 March and  30 September

p. Paolo Barone

ph. Paolo Barone

Monte Scuro is a special area of ​​the park, rich of historical and naturalistic charm. This is the place where the river Sosio originates from and begins its course wich, crossing the Sicanian area for over 60 km, ends in the Mediterranean sea, where it flows between the villages of Ribera and Sciacca.

An ancient and dense forest, full of oaks, holm oaks and downy oaks covers the all area which, in the late 1800s and the early 1900s was characterized by the presence of coal bins and mule tracks, which are still partially walkable nowadays. This nature  and very panoramic excursion goes along a level variance of about 700 meters, and reaches an altitude of about 1200 m a.s.l.

Climbing Monte Indisi, on the border between Prizzi and Palazzo Adriano areas, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama provided by the Reserve of Sosio Valley and a large part of the Sicani Mountains, and, a little further, Rocca Busambra (Ficuzza), the villages of Giuliana and Chiusa Sclafani, Monte Carcaci and Monte Cammarata.

In the warmest months, you can freshen up into the crystal clear waters, near the source of river Sosio, or explore the tunnels dug into the rock for finding the spring waters . The path goes on towards Monte Scuro forest on the trails of an ancient mule track, once used by the coal men, that provides a stunning view over a dense forest and then reaches a wide valley with pastures and soils cultivated with cereals.

For more information about these natural areas, visit the Parco dei Monti Sicani website or contact +39 366 6805077