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Gresso – Passo della Bassa – Passo della Maggia – Berzona

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  • Gresso-Passo della Bassa-Passo della Maggia-Berzona
    Gresso-Passo della Bassa-Passo della Maggia-Berzona
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Hike on the cutting edge of the Onsernone Valley and the Vallemaggia. The red and white tour promises varied intact nature and many metres in altitude.
moderate
Distance 11.8 km
5:45 h
1,119 m
1,395 m
1,972 m
712 m
Gresso, typical for its houses with wooden balconies, reachable by car o bus (bus in direction Spruga, change in Russo), is the starting point of the tour. From Gresso the tour starts with a steep climb through the woods to Pian della Crosa, with its restored rustici (typical stone houses) and the fantastic view of the Valle di Vergeletto. In a steady but soft ascent, the trail continues to Alpe Bassa and from there through the pine forests to the pass of the same name. Up to the Passo della Maggia, the trail follows the Vallemaggia side (possibility to climb Pizzo Peloso and Madone). From the pass down to Pino, an abandoned alp, and in a pleasant descent down to Sella and finally to Berzona, the domicile of choice of the Swiss writer Max Frisch. Before returning by bus, you can visit the Pagliarte (a workshop that makes products from straw) in Berzona.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,972 m
Lowest point
712 m
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Track types

Asphalt 4.58%Path 94.70%Road 0.71%
Asphalt
0.5 km
Path
11.2 km
Road
0.1 km
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Start

Gresso
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'690'829E 1'119'935N
DD
46.224729, 8.615899
DMS
46°13'29.0"N 8°36'57.2"E
UTM
32T 470378 5119088
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Destination

Berzona

Turn-by-turn directions

Gresso-Pian della Crosa-Alpe Bassa-Passo della Bassa-Passo della Maggia-Pino-Cortasiell-Sassello-Sella-Cioss dei Morti-Berzona

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Locarno railway station: Take the bus B 324 in direction Spruga. Change at Russo. Take the bus B 325 to Vergeletto. Get off at Gresso.

Return from Berzona: Take the bus B 324 in direction Locarno. Get off at Locarno railway station. Further information: www.sbb.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'690'829E 1'119'935N
DD
46.224729, 8.615899
DMS
46°13'29.0"N 8°36'57.2"E
UTM
32T 470378 5119088
w3w 
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Book recommendation by the author

To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website map.geo.admin.ch offers constantly updated data.

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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  • Capanna Alpe Canaa-Vergeletto-Capanna Alpe Salei
  • Vergeletto-Capanna Alzasca
  • Vergeletto and the Salei alpine lake
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.8 km
Duration
5:45 h
Ascent
1,119 m
Descent
1,395 m
Highest point
1,972 m
Lowest point
712 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Linear route

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