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Bignasco-San Carlo

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  • Fontana, Valle Bavona
    Fontana, Valle Bavona
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This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information
On the trail of transhumance through the Bavona valley. The 12 hamlets bear witness to the humble life of the local population, both then and now.
closed
moderate
Distance 12.7 km
4:20 h
827 m
326 m
939 m
438 m

There's much to see along the entire route, including nested village centres, votive chapels, splüi (shelters beneath boulders), "hanging meadows" on boulders, traditional rustici, and grotti serving refreshments. Although electricity is produced in the Bavona valley, there's none here, except in San Carlo: one of the reasons why the valley is uninhabited in winter.

From Bignasco (on the bus route) the red-and-white waymarked path leads to Fontana (look for the arched bridge over the stream). Penetrating further into the valley, you can see, from afar, the la Froda waterfall in Foroglio, tumbling over 100 metres out of the Calnègia valley.

After crossing the wood to Roseto, sections of the path then pass through colourful flowering meadows. The path to Sonlerto is almost flat. You then climb again to reach San Carlo.

Make a note of the bus times for the return journey. San Carlo is at the lower end of the Robièi aerial cableway.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
939 m
Lowest point
438 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Track types

Asphalt 5.18%Forested/wild trail 17.44%Path 61.68%Road 15.68%
Asphalt
0.7 km
Forested/wild trail
2.2 km
Path
7.9 km
Road
2 km
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Start

Bignasco
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'689'992E 1'132'662N
DD
46.339319, 8.607511
DMS
46°20'21.5"N 8°36'27.0"E
UTM
32T 469794 5131824
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Destination

San Carlo

Turn-by-turn directions

Bignasco-Cavergno-Fontana-Sabbione-Ritorto-Foroglio-Roseto-Faedo-Sonlerto-San Carlo

Public transport

From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at the bus stop Bignasco, Posta.

Return from San Carlo: Bus 333 to Bignasco, Posta. Change bus and take no. 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'689'992E 1'132'662N
DD
46.339319, 8.607511
DMS
46°20'21.5"N 8°36'27.0"E
UTM
32T 469794 5131824
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Equipment

  • Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • Telescope sticks if necessary,
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
  • Maps

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
4:20 h
Ascent
827 m
Descent
326 m
Highest point
939 m
Lowest point
438 m
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