Now the packed gravel road gets steep- lots of ramps with gradient in the high teens, with a median 13.4% slope for 2 km until 580 meters. Then you descend slightly to Stavoli Tamar, ruins of an abandoned settlement. I descended a bit more and then saw a sign for Monte Celant, which I'd only seen previously from the south near Campone. This road was in surprisingly good condition- I expected a washed-out, muddy logging road. The gradient is steep, but alternates with easier stretches so you can catch your breath (3 km averaging 11%).
Around 965 meters the road levels out and then descends some. It abruptly ends, with a blazed trail to the summit (1093 meters). I was in a hurry though and headed back down. The descent was a blast: even the counter-climbs at Tamar and the Torrente Tarcenò felt good. I will come back and try variations to Campone and Stavoli Palcoda, another abandoned village.
|The first guado on a branch of the Tarcenò|
|Double guado crosses Tarcenò twice|
|Abandoned houses at Stavoli Tamar|
|Painting on side of ruins|
|Close-up of the flower painting|
|From near 800 meters: Tramonti di Sotto on left, di Mezzo on right,|
and di Sopra in background; Torrente Meduna on left
|Waterfalls along Torrente Tarcenò|