Hiking Trail recommended route

Cardada-Cima della Trosa-Mergoscia

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    Cima della Trosa
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Challenging hike to the Cima della Trosa. Red and white tour to Mergoscia, the entrance gate to the Verzasca Valley.
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
4:40 h
656 m
1,258 m
1,865 m
728 m
Take the funicular from Locarno to Orselina and then the cable car to Cardada. The station in Orselina was designed by Ticino architect Mario Botta. Once at the top, it is worth visiting the nearby viewing platform. The hiking trail leads up to Cimetta. If you want to save yourself the climb, you can take the chairlift. A short descent leads to the Bassa di Cardada pass. Now traverse along the mountain flank below the summit. The last stretch to the summit of the Cima della Trosa requires a little scrambling. The famous Via Alta Vallemaggia high-altitude hike also starts from here. Return a short distance along the same path, then follow the signposts in the direction of Mergoscia. The descent leads over the Alpe di Bietri, an alp grazed by cows in summer. The path to Mergoscia drags on, but thanks to the beautiful landscape and the many settlements you pass, even the descent goes by in no time. From Mergoscia, the bus leaves for Locarno.
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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: May 06, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,865 m
Lowest point
728 m
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Track types

Asphalt 10.42%Forested/wild trail 3.57%Path 86%
Asphalt
1.4 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
Path
11.4 km
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Rest stops

Albergo Ristorante Cardada
Casa Colmanicchio
Capanna Cardada
Capanna Lo Stallone

Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Cardada
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'703'691E 1'116'387N
DD
46.190958, 8.781795
DMS
46°11'27.4"N 8°46'54.5"E
UTM
32T 483162 5115287
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Destination

Mergoscia, Posta

Turn-by-turn directions

Cardada-Alpe Cardada-Cimetta-Bassa di Cardada-Cima della Trosa-Alpe di Bietri-Fàed-Bresciàdiga-Mergoscia, Posta

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Locarno railway station: Take the funicular to Orselina. From Orselina, take the cable car to Cardada.

From Mergosica: Take bus 312 in the direction of Locarno, Rotonda. Get off at Locarno, Piazza Stazione.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'703'691E 1'116'387N
DD
46.190958, 8.781795
DMS
46°11'27.4"N 8°46'54.5"E
UTM
32T 483162 5115287
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
4:40 h
Ascent
656 m
Descent
1,258 m
Highest point
1,865 m
Lowest point
728 m
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