Monte Caprazoppa is the "mountain" just southeast of Finale Ligure on the Ligurian coast. While a mere 291 m (955 ft) tall, the climb up to the top of the mountain is only surpassed in difficulty by the steep descent straight down the side. There's a whole network of short, unnamed "goat track" trails up on the mountain waiting to be explored - some lead to climbing areas. This route roughly follows the main trail.
Oh and Caprazoppa translates to "lame goat." Just think about that as you pick your way up the rock garden to the top of the mountain and/or hold on for dear life on the way down.
The route starts basically at sea level and then climbs one massive, continuous rock garden for 2 km (1.2 mile) up to 250 m (800 ft.). The rocks are large, loose, and plentiful and if you manage to clean it, give yourself a pat on the back. Once you reach the top, the riding is easier, but there is a jumble of trails on top and it would be easy to get lost.
At the 4-km (2.5-mi) mark, you'll pass the Chiesa San Martino, a church that seemingly comes out of nowhere. This is a kind of confluence for all the trails in the area.
The route continues to the north along the crown of the Monte before turning back to the south for the big finish.
The big finish is a 300-m (900-ft.) plunge in the last km (0.6 mile) back to the starting point along a narrow, rocky, root-strewn path. Put on whatever pads you've lugged to the top, check your brakes, and give it a go. Do watch towards the bottom as the trail exits onto the main road into Finale.
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