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Corte del Sasso
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Necessity is the mother of invention. An instructive outing to the Acquedotto Canà irrigation channels and sparkling Lake Mognola.
Distance 8.9 km
Highest point2,079 m
Lowest point1,279 m
The tour begins in Fusio, the last village of the Lavizzara. The red-and-white waymarked mountain path leads to Vacarisc, meandering through larch woodland and meadows to the Corte dell'Ovi and Corte Mognola, home to the "cascina della memoria", a little hut that tells the story of this alp with photos, objects and panels.
It's a steep climb to Lake Mognola, surrounded by peaks and shimmering in the light. Larches and some patches of greenery adorn the otherwise rather barren surrounds of the lake. It's a short climb to the Corte della Sassina with its panoramic views of the Lago del Sambuco reservoir.
Follow the irrigation channel along the Acquedotto Canà thematic trail down to the Corte del Sasso, which is open in summer: the stone channels that transport water from the spring to the alp are most impressive Some sections of the route back to Vacarisc are steep, but well maintained: cream cheese is available for sale in Vacarisc. Follow the same path back to the bus stop in Fusio.
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From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Bignasco, Posta and change to 334 to Fusio, Paese. Return from Fusio: Bus 334 to Bignasco, Posta. Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information: www.sbb.ch
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers