GR20 stage 12: Bocca di Verdi to Refuge d´Usciolu

GR20 stage 12: Bocca di Verdi to Refuge d´Usciolu
Distance: 16 km, asc/desc: 1290/830m, 8h
August 17th, 2016

One of the great stages of GR20. From I Prati the GR20 is essentially a ridge walk all the way to Usciolu and even a couple of hours beyond. The ridge has been described as The Spine of Corsica, with extensive views  and frequent shift from one side of the ridge to another, undulating with only a couple of major ascents and descents.

Scrambling on the ridge near Usciolu
Scrambling on the ridge near Usciolu

The scrambling is moderate and technically the trail is not exposed, however it can get very windy up there and obviously it is only recommended to walk in dry weather.

The ridge on the way to Usciolu
The ridge on the way to Usciolu

Somewhat curiously, I camped at exactly the same spot at Usciolu in 2015 as I did in 2014:

Camping at Usciolu
Camping at Usciolu 2014
Camping at Usciolu
Camping at Usciolu 2015

Click for full photogallery of this GR20 stage on flickr.
This post is part of a series on the GR20 as walked in August 2015.

1 thought on “GR20 stage 12: Bocca di Verdi to Refuge d´Usciolu”

  1. Views from the tent at Refuge d I Paliri Not a bad way to spend your last night on the trail! You did it! Upon reaching Conca, we sincerely hope you beeline to the first establishment that will sell you a cold beer (FYI-that place is called Bar le Soleil Levant) and toast to your amazing accomplishment. The GR20 is a seriously challenging hike, both mentally and physically, and those who complete it have really achieved something special. Once you’ve enjoyed a celebratory cold one with your fellow badass hikers, you’ll need to think about moving on. If you want to leave Conca that same day, the Bar le Soleil Levant and the Gite d’Etape La Tonnelle offer shuttle services to Sainte Lucie de Porto Vecchio, where you can catch buses to Bastia, Ajaccio, or Porto Vecchio. You may be able to arrange direct service to Porto Vecchio (instead of transferring at Sainte Lucie) as well. 

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