The wooded north-facing slopes of Monte Mufara (1865m, 6000ft) right across Piano Battaglia from Pizzo Carbonara, offer the Madonia’s only ski-station and two ski runs (under refurbishment in 2015 and due to open in December of that year). This short vigorous walk uses the wide, unpaved service road of the ski-station and the communications masts at its peak. It is pretty steep and unremitting after the first 500 metres but offers great views of Pizzo Carbonara, the Quacella, and across to Cervi and down to the sea. Could easily be combined with the ascent of Carbonara (Walk No 6).
Time: 1-1.5 hours; Degree of Difficulty: 4.
Total ascent/descent: 230 metres (760 feet)
Starting/finishing point: The north-west corner of Piano Battaglia (P on map).
Directions to starting point: see Walk 6 for driving/ parking directions. From your car, walk back down to the mini-roundabout, turn left up the SP54 towards Petralie and after 250m, just before the crest of the slope, and opposite the tower of the Parco’s snow-plough park, turn right up an un-metalled track below beeches (Photo 1 below, A on map).
Walk up the path beneath the beeches, which after about 5 minutes emerges above a green slope, which is part of one of the ski-runs. The path bends right and becomes quite steep (Photo 2 above) and after
about 15 minutes, the hair-pin bends begin. About 15 minutes later the track flattens out, with fabulous views of Carbonara to your right, and runs around a rocky depression to the ski-station (B on map).
To your right at the top you get great views of the Quacella formation – and if you climb the rocks in front of you, to the left of the communications masts, there are also great viewpoints over Piano Cervi, Pizzo Cervi and beyond.
[NB: it is quite likely that the layout at the top may have changed by 2016, due to the construction of the ski-station at the end of 2015]