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Ranzo-Covreto-Dirinella

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Day tour along the border with Italy. Beautiful landscapes and panoramas lead through Gambarogno, the sun kissed lakeside of Lake Maggiore in summer.
moderate
Distance 11 km
6:00 h
1,413 m
1,409 m
1,595 m
207 m
Ranzo is located directly on the lake and can be reached by train. The red and white hike leads steeply uphill via Sant' Abbondio, known for its crusty sourdough bread. A beautiful stream flows through the valley, giving it its mystical charm. After the Monti di Sant’ Abbondio and Alpe Tempelina, the altitude on Monte Covreto is reached. Along the Italian border, the route descends to Sasso Torricello. Into the forest, to the next destination, Alpetto Caviano, where the refuge of the same name is located. A small unattended hut (June - October), equipped with kitchen and WC, which invites you to stay with its cosiness and panorama. The steep descent along the mule track leads to Cento Campi, where you can still marvel an original example of the impressive construction of thatched roofs. Now it's down to the lake to Dirinella, from where the bus departs.
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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: March 23, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,595 m
Lowest point
207 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 0.28%Forested/wild trail 6.30%Path 90.56%Road 1.61%Unknown 1.22%
Asphalt
0 km
Forested/wild trail
0.7 km
Path
10 km
Road
0.2 km
Unknown
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Alpetto Caviano

Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Ranzo
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'702'922E 1'107'613N
DD
46.112164, 8.769903
DMS
46°06'43.8"N 8°46'11.7"E
UTM
32T 482219 5106535
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Destination

Dirinella

Turn-by-turn directions

Ranzo-Monti di Sant'Abbondio-Alpe Tempelina-Covreto-Alpetto Caviano-Monti di Caviano-Dirinella

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Locarno train station: Take the S20 in the direction of Castione-Arbedo. Get off at Cadenzzo. Continue with bus 350 in the direction of Dirinella. Get off at Ranzo, Paese. From Cadenazzo, depending on the connection, it is possible to continue with train S30 towards Ranzo-S. Abbondio.

From Dirinella: Take bus 350 in the direction of S. Antonino, Centri Commerciali. In Cadenazzo change to the S20 in the direction of Locarno. Alternatively, take bus 350 to Magadino and continue by boat to Locarno.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'702'922E 1'107'613N
DD
46.112164, 8.769903
DMS
46°06'43.8"N 8°46'11.7"E
UTM
32T 482219 5106535
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
1,413 m
Descent
1,409 m
Highest point
1,595 m
Lowest point
207 m
Public-transport-friendly Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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