Bosco Gurin and the three alpine lakes


Bosco Gurin

Get ready to explore the territory where the ancient Walser people used to pasture their cattle. You’ll cross fields and idyllic pastures, and discover alpine ponds and wonderous precipices. You’ll find yourself in an exceptionally beautiful environment where you can admire alpine roses and a multitude of insects. And the finale, the marvellous spectacle of the three glacial lakes: the Ender See, the Schwarzsee and the Üssar See, guaranteed to leave you speechless.

The hike takes you past meadows, pastures and bogs through regions where in earlier times the Walser people were to be found with their cattle. Vestiges of their settlements fascinate hikers to this day. With the chair lift one reaches comfortably and easily the starting point of this hike at 2000 meters above sea level. En route, an unbelievable density of species can be admired. The mountain slopes above Bosco Gurin are characterized by the greatest variety of insect species and a myriad of roses.

On the hike one repeatedly encounters regions that in the past were populated by the Walsers. A further highlight of the hike is the three lakes (Ender, Schwarz and Ussera) idylliques, which are perfectly embedded within the landscape. The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.


To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website offers constantly updated data.

  • Waterproof clothing, light and warm
  • Hiking boots
  • Gloves, sun cap, change of clothes
  • Backpack maximum 5-8 kg
  • First aid kit with penknife
  • Sleeping bag for overnight in alpine hut
  • Torch, sunglasses, sun cream, water-bottle
  • Hiking map/topographic map
  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Food
  • Raincover for backpacks

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute:

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