Climbed to Lac Melo and then on to Lake Capitello today (au 5th 2016). Weather started tenperamentally with rain but cleared in the end to to glorious sunshine. Climbed to Lac du Melo (about an hour from the highest car park £6 per car at time of writing) and then a further 45 mins to Lake Capitello.
The water at Lake Capitello is crystal clear and i also braved it and swam in the Lake - the periphery of the Lake is about 10 metres deep, the centre about 40 metres deep but its a big Lac. There is an easy sandy entrance to access the Lac at the right end as you walk up the path to the Lake if you are bold enough to consider this. Daft though it sounds wish I had brought my face mask and fins - it is THAT clear. Anyhow my advice for a successful trip is as follows:
1) get to the car park as early as you can - it fills up in no time. 10am on a good day is pretty late. Once at Corte town its a 9km/ 20 minute drive upto the car park before the walk up
2) take a kagoul/waterproof, some good walking shoes and a body warmer even if its sunny - its a mountain at approx 1600m and 1970m above sea level for Lac du Melu and Lac du Capittelo so this is high up, the wind can rise significantly and the weather can change quickly. You can walk it on a good day in pumps i wont deny it but i strongly recommend more robust walking shoes. Even in light rain the rocks get slippery and its easy to stumble
3) take a box of sandwiches, fluids/water and a snack. Have a good breakfast in the morning too so you are well fuelled as its a reasonably demanding climb
4) this aint a casual walk - the final stage in particular to Lac du Capitello is steep and demanding - dont underestimate this or the kit you should take. The stage to Lac du Melu has some ladders and chains to assist you, dont panic it isnt open mountaineering but it is tricky in places although safe
5) some people took young kids up but seriously I took my twelve year old and she found it tough going on a good day - 10 year old up only I suggest
5) cant believe I am writing this but take some shorts/swimmers and a towel if its summer and also your goggles. if you can and are a confident swimmer man up and take the plunge - seriously I would happily do it again and would love to see the clarity of the Lac in all its beauty
Enjoy - despite the hike - its well worth it (lac du Melu is great - until that is you see Lac du Capitello!
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