The Hermitage of St. Michael in the Picentine mountains
Typology: Nature hike to a religious/anthropological site
Description: Italian Alpine Club Trail CAI 154 starts along Province Road 31 (Campagna – WWF Oasis Monte Polveracchio, alias “Oases of the Wolf”) about 8 km past the homes and buildings of Campagna. The first part of the hike, which starts with a steep climb, leads to the crossing of “Varco Sellara” where you may then choose among three trails that all lead across the Trogento watercourse (stream, small river). Once you cross that, the climb starts, and it is not always easy; it ends at a grassy clearing from which you can either reach the hermitage of St. Michael or turn off first to the north and then east to continue along the trail for Oliveto Citra.
Length: km 4.9 (for the route from province road 31, Campagna to the Hermitage). These measurements refer to the coordinates for the most direct route. There are two other routes available.
Change in level: ascent 538 m., descent 256 m. (going in, reverse for the return hike)
City: Campagna (SA) [Salerno]
Location: Trail begins about 8 km from Campagna along province road 31.
Coordinates UTM WGS 84 start of trail (CAI 154): 33 T 510426 4504747
Coordinates UTM WGS 84 Hermitage of St. Michael: 33 T 512580 4504688
For more information: On the Trail of the Lost Hermitage
photos: Picentines – Along the old CAI 154 trail
Other images of this outing: The Hermitage of St. Michael in the Picentines
P.S. Coordinates and waypoints may serve to ease our journey by pointing us in the right direction. Remember, however, to heed the signs that nature gives us and not to rely blindly on technology, certainly more fallible than your own instinct. There are always hazards when you wandering in the woods and mountains. Take nothing for granted... Have a great hike!
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