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Cimalmotto-Lago di Sfii-Cimalmotto

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  • Alpe di Sfii
    Alpe di Sfii
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A walk in alpine terrain to the Lago di Sfii lake. Romantic ambience at an altitude of over 1900 m.
moderate
Distance 12.7 km
4:40 h
848 m
848 m
1,911 m
1,284 m

This red-and-white waymarked hike starts in Cimalmotto, at alt. 1405 m one of the highest villages in the Ticino, and leads high up into the alpine landscape of the Rovana valley. The linear walk is varied and offers wide-ranging views of the surrounding mountains.

After the start on an asphalted road, you follow a forest path that descends gently down to Pianelli and the Fiümigna bridge. You cross the bridge and follow the new path up to the Alpe di Sfii, which is attended in summer. The larch forest in the background glows golden in autumn.

After a short descent, the ascent to the Lago di Sfii is a little more strenuous. It's nestled in a basin and surrounded by lush meadows and high mountains. The lake assumes various shades of blue depending on the light, and the crystal clear water reflects the surroundings. You go back to Cimalmotto the same way; make a prior note of the bus times back to Cevio.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,911 m
Lowest point
1,284 m
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Track types

Asphalt 23.78%Path 76.21%Road 0%
Asphalt
3 km
Path
9.6 km
Road
0 km
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Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Cimalmotto
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'681'053E 1'126'435N
DD
46.284443, 8.490335
DMS
46°17'04.0"N 8°29'25.2"E
UTM
32T 460738 5125778
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Destination

Cimalmotto

Turn-by-turn directions

Cimalmotto-Alpe di Sfii-Lago di Sfii-Alpe di Sfii-Cimalmotto

Public transport

From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Cevio, Centro and change to 331 to Bosco Gurin, Paese (2 min walk to change the bus stop). Alight at Cerentino and takte bus no. 332 to Cimalmotto.

Return from Cimalmotto: Bus 332 to Cerentino, Paese. Bus 331 to Cevio, Posta. 2 min walk to the bus stop Cevio, Centro. Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'681'053E 1'126'435N
DD
46.284443, 8.490335
DMS
46°17'04.0"N 8°29'25.2"E
UTM
32T 460738 5125778
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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

Similar routes nearby

  • Cimalmotto-Alpe Magnello-Cimalmotto
  • Cimalmotto-Passo Quadrella-Bosco Gurin
  • Bosco Gurin-laghetti alpini-Bosco Gurin
  • Linescio-Campo Vallemaggia
  • Vergeletto-Capanna Alzasca
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
4:40 h
Ascent
848 m
Descent
848 m
Highest point
1,911 m
Lowest point
1,284 m
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