Adventurous circuit route in the surroundings of Cardada and Val Resa with start and finish in Locarno.
Distance 30.7 km
Highest point1,495 m
Lowest point205 m
The tour starts at the SBB train station in Locarno-Muralto and the first part leads up to Monte Brè along a pleasant ascent on an asphalted road and is followed by a somewhat steeper path with a spectacular view into the Centovalli. Approximately 3 km after the village Brè, the first part of the singletrack begins, at first slightly ascending then flat and flowing until the track leads to a final climb up to the Alpe Cardada.
The singletrack to Val Resa is fast and leads along technically challenging serpentine twisty trails. After leaving the dense forest the road proceeds along a beautiful route with panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the town, back to the starting point. The Cardada-Val Resa route is a medium difficulty route. There are passages of varying difficulty. There are both sections with varying degrees of difficulty as well as easy and flowing sections.
As an alternative one can reach Orselina by funicular from Locarno and then Cardada by cable car in just 5 minutes, leaving from Orselina (395 m.a.s.l.). This variation is recommended to all those who want to avoid the first climb of the tour and prefer to tackle only the route to Val Resa.
Update: October 09, 2023
Best time of year
Dirt road 13.49%Path 22.05%Road 64.44%
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Capanna Cimetta Albergo Ristorante Cardada Casa Colmanicchio Capanna Cardada Capanna Lo Stallone
Wear protective gear.
Assess your capability accurately.
Give hikers right of way.
Stay on the trail.
Close fence gates.
An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted.
Locarno (205 m)
32T 484609 5113249
Locarno, Stazione-Locarno, Città Vecchia-Monti della Trinità-Brè sopra Locarno-Capanna Cardada-Capanna Lo Stallone-Giorledo-Resa di fuori-Tendrasca-Brione s.Minusio-Orselina-Locarno, Stazione.