Responsible for this content Ascona-Locarno Tourism
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Hike between the Onsernone Valley and the Vallemaggia. A tour to Pizzo Salmone, the region's viewpoint par excellence.
Distance 10.5 km
Highest point1,560 m
Lowest point617 m
The tour starts in Loco, accessible by bus or car. In Loco you can visit the mill or the museum of the Onsernone Valley. Via a mule track, past a pretty little church, up to Sella. Go through trenches to Passo della Garina (crossing into Vallemaggia possible), where the dry-stone walls which separate the pastures, attract attention. In the idyllic forest there is a fountain, ideal for taking a break in the shade. A pleasant ascent via Legunc and Forcola. At Pizen over steep stone steps up to the wide ridge and up to the summit of Pizzo Salmone. The spectacular panorama far over Lake Maggiore rewards the effort! The descent to Auressio leads past an alp inhabited by sheep, through the forest down to Cortone. The last stretch to Auressio is really tough on the legs. Over stone steps and narrow alleys down to the picturesque village. From here the bus runs (check departure times).
Best time of year
Asphalt 0.37%Path 98.40%Road 1.22%
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Loco (682 m)
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From Locarno railway station: Take the bus B 324 in direction Spruga. Get off at Loco.
Return from Auressio: Take the bus B 324 in direction Locarno. Get off at Locarno railway station. Further information: www.sbb.ch
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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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.
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers