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Sonogno-Capanna Cognora-Sonogno

Hiking Trail · Val Verzasca closed
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This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information
This demanding one- (or possibly) two-day hike to the Capanna Cognora in the Val Vegornèss is devoted to culture, nature and craftsmanship.
closed
difficult
Distance 11.7 km
5:55 h
1,105 m
1,105 m
1,944 m
912 m

Sonogno, the last village in the Verzasca valley, can be reached by car or bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route). A footpath (asphalted road to Secada) follows the stream to Cabiói, where the tour actually starts. Numerous timber and stone steps have to be negotiated on this steep mountain path to the Capanna Cognora.

The route includes exposed sections: tricky ones are equipped with chains for holding on to. Much of the tour takes place in woodland in the shade first of beech trees, then larches as you rise higher and higher.

The Capanna Cognora (June-October) is built on a natural terrace offering fantastic views. You can stay the night or return down along the same path to Sonogno (on the way you can buy cheese at the Azienda Agricola Patà). Its traditional stone houses, little shops serving local products, restaurants, museum and House of Wool are well worth investigating.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: September 13, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,944 m
Lowest point
912 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 39.43%Forested/wild trail 16.66%Path 42.19%Road 1.69%
Asphalt
4.6 km
Forested/wild trail
1.9 km
Path
4.9 km
Road
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Cògnora

Safety information

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Start

Sonogno
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'703'855E 1'134'061N
DD
46.349902, 8.787859
DMS
46°20'59.6"N 8°47'16.3"E
UTM
32T 483677 5132947
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Destination

Sonogno

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'703'855E 1'134'061N
DD
46.349902, 8.787859
DMS
46°20'59.6"N 8°47'16.3"E
UTM
32T 483677 5132947
w3w 
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Status
closed
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
11.7 km
Duration
5:55 h
Ascent
1,105 m
Descent
1,105 m
Highest point
1,944 m
Lowest point
912 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available

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