Winter Hiking recommended route

Winter hike Collina Bassa

Winter Hiking · Locarno District
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  • Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso, Orselina
    Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso, Orselina
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Winter walk from Orselina to Tenero, along the Collina Bassa. Discovery tour through the alleys and streets of the hills above Locarno, stopping at one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city.
easy
Distance 5.8 km
1:40 h
32 m
209 m
410 m
203 m
The Collina Bassa zone is spoiled with lots of sunshine even in winter, which makes this walk a real insider tip, especially on cold days. You can either start walking directly from Locarno, or if you want to save yourself the climb to Orselina, the starting point, you can take the bus or the funicular.

The pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso is located in Orselina. It is worth a visit, because it is not only a historic and imposing building perched on a rocky outcrop above Locarno, but the view from here is also spectacular.

The trail to Tenero is mostly on asphalt, which makes it easy to follow even when the sun is not shining. On the way to Brione s/Minusio you pass the Parco di Orselina, a beautiful park where many cultural events take place in summer. Continue over the little stream Riale Rabissale and at same altitude straight on to Brione s/Minusio. From here you have a beautiful panorama of Lake Maggiore. When it gets dark, thousands of lights of the city shine and create a magical ambience.

From Moncacce begins the descent. The waterfall trail leads down to Tenero, from where you can take the train or bus back to Locarno. If you still want to walk, you can return to Locarno on a wonderful path along the lake (approx. 1.15h).

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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: December 17, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
410 m
Lowest point
203 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 44.76%Path 14.14%Road 41.09%
Asphalt
2.6 km
Path
0.8 km
Road
2.4 km
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Start

Orselina, Stazione Funivia (379 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'704'513E 1'114'711N
DD
46.175765, 8.792065
DMS
46°10'32.8"N 8°47'31.4"E
UTM
32T 483950 5113597
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Destination

Tenero, Stazione

Turn-by-turn directions

Orselina, Stazione Funivia-Orselina, Albergo Orselina, Parco di Orselina-Brione sopra Minusio-Mondacce-Tenero, Chiesa-Tenero, Piazza-Tenero, Posta-Tenero, Stazione

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'704'513E 1'114'711N
DD
46.175765, 8.792065
DMS
46°10'32.8"N 8°47'31.4"E
UTM
32T 483950 5113597
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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 waterpoof winter shoes or sturdy hiking boots
  • Crampons and gaiters if necessary
  • Warm and waterpoof clothing in multiple layers
  • Hat/headband, scarf, gloves
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • Thermos flask with a hot drink
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
  • Maps
  • Telescope sticks if necessary

Similar routes nearby

  • Winter hike Collina Alta
  • Ascona-Ronco s/Ascona- Brissago
  • Verscio-Oratorio Sant'Anna-Castelliere-Tegna
  • Winter hike along the lake from Tenero to Ascona
  • Ronco s/Ascona-Porano-Non-Ronco s/Ascona
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.8 km
Duration
1:40 h
Ascent
32 m
Descent
209 m
Highest point
410 m
Lowest point
203 m
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