The trail winds in one of the most relevant Sites of Community Importance in the northern Apennines for the preservation of forestal habitat and for the protection of endemic or rare species and of predators on top of the food chain, such as the eagle and the wolf.
In fact, you cross the Regional Forest of Mount Gottero: an area of about 500 hectares of copse beech wood.
The sides of the massif of Mount Gottero (name deriving from the ancient Germanic gott hart, wild god) are covered with well-preserved and beautiful beech trees.
The area around the top, instead, is characterized by the presence of important meadows, which host several plants that are rare in the Apennines and also various kinds of orchids. From the top of Mount Gottero ( 1639 mt.), the highest in the province of La Spezia, the sight is caught by an extraordinary panorama embracing the Ligurian and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Po Valley, the Apuan Alps, the mountains and hills of the Vara valley and on the infinite horizon of the sea, the Tuscan coast and the Gulf of La Spezia.
In clear days, you can see the whole Ligurian coast, the islands of the Tuscan archipelago and Corsica.
Furthermore, you pass through valley crevices with uncontaminated creeks along which grow woods of alders, willow trees and black hornbeams. You can also find some peat-bogs and swampy meadows hosting the typical plants of damp environments.