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Photo: Eric Vimercati
A paradise for amphibians, reptiles and dragonflies. The area has been protected as a forest reserve since the 1990s as the Parco del Bosco di Maia, allowing the woods to evolve according to natural processes.
Distance 8 km
Highest point469 m
Lowest point302 m
The Losone-Arcegno area is teeming with life. A stone’s throw from the city, this area, considered the most distinctive and complete low-altitude glacial landscape in the whole of Switzerland, is the permanent home of countless animal species, particularly reptiles, amphibians and dragonflies. The vegetation is extremely varied and includes chestnut, oak and birch, as well as ash, black alder and common reed in the wettest areas. The clearings are home to Scotch broom, eagle fern and Molinia arundinacea grass, as well as rare species such as Juncus acutiflorus and graziella.
The animal kingdom is also very well represented: almost all amphibians and reptiles found at this altitude are present, including the smooth newt, agile frog, Perrin’s tree frog and dice snake. If you look up, you may also see different species of birds, such as the common redstart and the Eurasian wryneck. About 20 different kinds of dragonfly (for example, the banded demoiselle and the four-spotted chaser) and as many species of butterfly complete the picture.
Discover more walks "Alla scoperta della biodiversità" in the printed guide (in Italian). Information: www.a-pro.ch
From Arcegno follow the signs for Ortighee and Ciossa until you reach Barbescio. The climb to the top of the hill is undoubtedly worth it. Continue clockwise around the Barbescio hill to the bridge connecting to the Bolletina Lunga hill. Once across the bridge, turn left and continue towards Losone as far as the Bolle di Mondrigo. Continue towards Ortighee and Arcegno. Shortly before Arcengo, turn left and continue towards Monte Verità passing the Gratena hill. Climb the Balladrum hill (lookout point) and descend, following the signs for Brumo. You will eventually arrive back at the start.
Bus from Locarno line 314, towards Ronco Sopra Ascona. Timetable on www.sbb.ch
32T 480132 5112126
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Alla scoperta della biodiversità. Escursioni nelle zone naturali protette del Canton Ticino - Salvioni Edizioni, www.a-pro.ch
Ivan Sasu, Eric Vimercati, Marcello Martinoni, SalvioniEdizioni, ISBN 978-88-7967-419-5
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers