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Mognola Rock Climbing

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  • Mognola Rock Climbing
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Breath-taking alpine terrain with outstanding rock, ideal for summer climbing. Overhanging rock, vertical walls, and technical slabs offer something fun for climbers of all levels. Climbing on this uniquely colored rock is possible even on the hottest summer days. The rock has pink-orange shades and the color varies depending on the time of day and light conditions.


Distance 8.9 km
1:30 h
800 m
800 m
2,079 m
1,279 m
The approach to the lake from Alpe Vacarisc is one hour. The sectors are then scattered along the path that leads from Lake Mognola to the ancient aqueduct carved into the rock.

The difficulty of the sectors varies from 5a to 8a. The attached graphics show the difficulties in each sector.

In order to arrive at the sectors at the end of the Canà Valley, take the path towards the Corte del Sasso past the aqueduct. Around the lake, and near some sectors, it is possible to camp overnight with a tent.

Please respect the surrounding nature and wildlife. Please pack out your waste.

Crag A - Sassina-Basso

Two routes with an amazing view of the lake at the top.

Crag B - Zoo Alpino

Stunning wall located directly on the trail, that leads to the aqueduct. Physical starts on short overhanging sections, leading into technical moves on vertical rock.

Crag C - Cocktail Bar-Sx

Short routes but with decidedly technical and not obvious passages.

Crag C - Cocktail Bar-Centrale

Routes on orange-rose colored rock. It remains in the shade in the morning and is enchanting in the evening when it becomes lit up by the last sun rays.

Crag C - Cocktail Bar-Dx

The hardest and most demanding routes of the Cocktail Bar sector. In the shade till before noon.

Crag D - Scoglio delle sirene

This idyllic sector offers the easiest routes in the area. Ideal for families and childre

Crag E - Il triangolo

Located near sector D, this orange triangular crag offers short, but intense routes on magnificent rock.

Crag F - Canà - Alto

Located at the end of the Canà Valley, these cliffs cannot be missed due to their brilliant red color and their impressive long routes.

Crag F - Canà - Basso

Majestic wall that dominates the background of the Canà Valley. It has technical routes and a few multi-pitches. 

Crag G - Zion Gate

Sector located on the right at the end of the Canà Valley. The rock is very structured and colored by orange and black lines.

Crag H - Nightclub

Athletic crag with short routes and some overhanging roofs. Perfect for hot days as it’s in the shade until the late afternoon.

Crag I - Sassina-Alto

Small vertical wall with orange tones and technical moves on crimps. It remains in the shade until late afternoon.

 Crag J – Onde

Two parallels walls that offer easy climb for those who just started climbing.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: November 23, 2023
Highest point
2,079 m
Lowest point
1,279 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 26.66%Path 72.35%Road 0.97%
Forested/wild trail
2.4 km
6.4 km
0.1 km
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Safety information

WARNING: Phone and internet service is very weak / non-existent in most areas between the lake and the aqueduct.

Tips and suggestions

WARNING: Phone and internet service is very weak/ nonexistent in most areas between the lake and the aqueduct.


Fusio (Vacarisc)
2'694'100E 1'144'321N
46.443625, 8.663228
46°26'37.0"N 8°39'47.6"E
32T 474132 5143394


Lago di Mognola/Corte della Sassina/Canà

Turn-by-turn directions

Fusio (Vacarisc)-Corte dell'Ovi-Corte Mognòla-Lago di Mognòla-Corte della Sassina-Canà-Corte del Sasso-Corte di Mezzo-Vacarisc-Fusio

Public transport


From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Bignasco, Posta and change to 334 to Fusio, Paese. Return from Fusio: Bus 334 to Bignasco, Posta. Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information: 


2'694'100E 1'144'321N
46.443625, 8.663228
46°26'37.0"N 8°39'47.6"E
32T 474132 5143394
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8.9 km
1:30 h
800 m
800 m
Highest point
2,079 m
Lowest point
1,279 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Round trip Scenic Wall Slab Abseil Descending on foot

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