The Maesano Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful and most visited places in the Aspromonte National Park, known among the shepherds and the mountain people as “U Schiucciu da spana”. These waterfalls are the result of five consecutive cascades, although the ones you see are just the three of the Menta Torrent, which merges with the Amendolea Torrent further downstream. This stretch of the river’s course marks the orographic border between the towns of Roccaforte del Greco and Roghudi.
The walk begins at 1.350 m above sea level, from the clay car park close to Menta Torrent. The hiking path is properly marked and very clear as far as the “lookout”, panoramic viewpoint on the waterfalls, at 1.295 m above sea level.
The first part of the path follows the torrent (at the first fork disregard the track that veers off the left) and reaches directly the viewpoint, from where it’s possible to admire the three cascades of the waterfalls in all their majesty. This is the lowest point of the path, where many hikers come, for going back after.
For those who decide to go on along the second part of the path, the difference in altitude from the base of the last waterfall is about 270 m. The route going downhill from the panoramic viewpoint is not very easy, so it should be taken carefully. Leaving the wood, we return to the river bed and soon after, going up, we find ourselves at the edge of the pool with the last waterfall where, during summertime, we can enjoy a refreshing swim! In spring, instead, we can admire a yellow explosion of the brooms and of the euphorbias which inundate the slopes and provide a frame for the waterfall.
|Starting location||Car park at Menta Torrent|
|Arrival location||Panoramic viewpoint on Amendolea’s waterfalls|
|Difference in altitude||55 m|
|Minimum altitude||1.295 m above sea level (Viewpoint)|
|Maximum altitude||1.350 m above sea level (car park)|
|Time||1 hour 15’|
|Route lenght||2.500 m|
|Periods of accessibility||Summer and autumn|