Hiking Trail recommended route

Bignasco-Rima-Prato Sornico

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This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information
Through the Lavizzara to Prato-Sornico, capital of the upper Vallemaggia. A walk that reveals hidden corners.
closed
moderate
Distance 10.5 km
3:50 h
842 m
537 m
1,144 m
437 m

From Bignasco (reachable by bus), the path leads up an asphalted road to the actual start. The red-and-white waymarked path branches off the road on the left. It often goes through the forest and past clearings containing rustici.

The ascent over ditches, roots and stones to the Ponte della Merla is gentle: this medieval bridge crosses the river Maggia. Cross the road and immediately re-enter the forest on the steadily ascending path to Menzonio.

Traverse the little village and continue up to Mognee, home to a few rustici and a chapel. The path climbs a little further until it descends to the Monti di Rima, a place that's very busy in summer, due in part to the road that leads here.

Carry on down the hairpin bends to the village of Prato-Sornico, where you can admire the venerable manor houses, testimonies to days long gone, and catch the bus back to Locarno (make a note of the timetable).

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,144 m
Lowest point
437 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 31.25%Forested/wild trail 7.15%Path 59.49%Road 2.09%
Asphalt
3.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0.8 km
Path
6.3 km
Road
0.2 km
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Safety information

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Start

Bignasco
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'689'991E 1'132'659N
DD
46.339297, 8.607505
DMS
46°20'21.5"N 8°36'27.0"E
UTM
32T 469794 5131821
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Destination

Prato Sornico

Public transport

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'689'991E 1'132'659N
DD
46.339297, 8.607505
DMS
46°20'21.5"N 8°36'27.0"E
UTM
32T 469794 5131821
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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.5 km
Duration
3:50 h
Ascent
842 m
Descent
537 m
Highest point
1,144 m
Lowest point
437 m
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