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Maggia Valley: Someo-Lodano-Maggia-Someo

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An easy excursion within one of the largest and most vital river ecosystems in Europe: the floodplain areas of the Vallemaggia provide an ideal habitat for various animal and plant species.
easy
Distance 15.2 km
4:00 h
363 m
363 m
398 m
316 m
The Vallemaggia is the valley with the largest surface area in the whole Locarno region. The waters of various rivers and streams from the side and upper valleys meet in the Maggia river, creating one of Europe’s largest and most vital river ecosystems. In these particularly dynamic environments, you may come across species such as the brook trout, grayling or European bullhead, or small invertebrates belonging to the caddisfly family (assuming they haven’t become prey to the white-throated dipper). Pools and ponds provide reproductive sites for toads, frogs and dragonflies, including the broad-bodied chaser. Lying in wait among the pebbles, you might find the dice snake, ready to catch a passing fish. The stony riverbeds provide space for plant species such as the Alpine willowherb, the German tamarisk or the Salix elaeagnos. Areas that are less regularly flooded are home to carpets of moss and seaberry bushes. The blue-winged grasshopper is also a frequent visitor to these areas, where it is perfectly camouflaged. On the other hand, places less influenced by the influence of floods see the growth of the grey alder, willow and poplar (in wetter areas), and ash, lime and oak (in less wet areas). The soundtrack is provided in the extensive neighbouring agricultural areas by different types of birds (such as the Eurasian wryneck and the red-backed shrike), which live alongside mammals such as the hare.

Discover more walks "Alla scoperta della biodiversità" in the printed guide (in Italian). Information: www.a-pro.ch

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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: April 01, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
398 m
Lowest point
316 m
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Track types

Asphalt 22.41%Forested/wild trail 15.31%Path 37.63%Road 24.64%
Asphalt
3.4 km
Forested/wild trail
2.3 km
Path
5.7 km
Road
3.8 km
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Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Someo
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'694'283E 1'126'861N
DD
46.286558, 8.662067
DMS
46°17'11.6"N 8°39'43.4"E
UTM
32T 473968 5125942
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Destination

Someo

Turn-by-turn directions

From Someo follow the signs for the Vallemaggia educational trail and cross the footbridge over the river. Follow the path on the left and continue into the woods as far as Lodano. Cross the village through the main square and continue back into the woods. At the tarmac road that runs along the valley floor, take the dirt track slightly further up that leads to the town of Torn. Continue as far as Pii, where you will meet the tarmac road to Moghegno. Shortly before the village, cross the river into Maggia, over the footbridge. At the roundabout, climb for around 50m before turning left. Follow the street across the Riale del Salto, past the church of San Maurizio and continue to the underpass beneath the cantonal road. Once on the other side of the carriageway, follow the path that leads to the amphibian site at Salignin. When you get to Lodano, climb the small staircase and continue towards Coglio before returning to Someo.

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus 315 from Locarno, direction Bignasco. Timetable on www.sbb.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'694'283E 1'126'861N
DD
46.286558, 8.662067
DMS
46°17'11.6"N 8°39'43.4"E
UTM
32T 473968 5125942
w3w 
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Book recommendation by the author

Alla scoperta della biodiversità. Escursioni nelle zone naturali protette del Canton Ticino - Salvioni Edizioni, www.a-pro.ch 

Ivan Sasu, Eric Vimercati, Marcello Martinoni, SalvioniEdizioni, ISBN 978-88-7967-419-5

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

  • Lodano Cultural and Natural History Trail
  • Itineraries to Listen To - La Vallemaggia
  • Moghegno and its grà
  • On the traces of Mr. Geiser
  • Places of Power in Bavona Valley
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
15.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
363 m
Descent
363 m
Highest point
398 m
Lowest point
316 m
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