"Hike the Restonica." Corte Things to Do Tip by pfsmalo
Corte Things to Do: 5 reviews and 20 photos
This is a great hike to do, but choose the early morning to do it if possible. A great drive up the valley for 15 kms from Corte, bit hairy at times and you'll find a steward on the road for your 5 euro parking fee. Another km up and you'll find the parking lot. The trail starts just across from here next to the little drinks place there. You'll find a panelboard there announcing 1 hour to the Melo lake. While I was there I didn't find one person young or old, even locals that said they did it in an hour. Seems very ambitious to me except if you're a rabbit or a 20 year old with four legs!!! The first part of the trail is reasonably easy up to the sheep shelter of Melu that in season doubles as a drinks counter. After crossing the stream it gets gradually harder and you're clambering over some bloody big rocks and wading ankle deep in run-off from different springs on the mountainside. We took 1 3/4 hours to get up to the lake and I thought we did well. Great views back down the valley and to the lake surrounded by peaks. Here you are at 1710 metres. Certain sites will tell you this is easy and accessible to children but I don't agree, but certainly the climb is well worth the views you have. Be very careful on the way back down as parts are very slippery and when you have dodgy knees like me they tire easily and a fall is never very far away.
Directions: In Corte take the D623 up the Restonica valley. It is well signposted and anyway after a km or two it is the only road all the way to end at the "Bergerie de Grotelle".
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