Responsible for this content Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Photo: Mariano Berri, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
This wonderful tour leading to the picturesque Capanna Alzasca (1734 m) could be called the "Lakes Tour".
Distance 23.1 km
Highest point2,139 m
Lowest point416 m
The path to the hut is in good condition, though quite steep. You pass numerous alps dotted with typical Vallemaggia rustici (stone houses). Once you reach the hut, Lake Alzasca (1855 m), a destination for many fishermen, is not far. The Bocchetta di Cansgéi (2036 m) offers spectacular views of the lake and Campo valley. In the distance you can also make out the flank of the Pizzo Bombögn.
A smooth path leads from the pass up to 2135 m; the trail then begins the steep descent with some challenging sections, but with a view of Lake Sascola, a pearl set in rock.
The lake is crystal clear and is worth a visit for a short but refreshing dip. There follows a fairly technical path to Rotonda (1268 m) then Tacitt (668 m). The path then brings you back to Cevio via Rovana.
Best time of year
Asphalt 3.83%Path 95.22%Road 0.94%
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No particular hazards. The Capanna Alzasca is a great place to cool off and rest if the weather's bad. Poor phone reception between Corte Nuovo and Rotonda.
Cevio (416 m)
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From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Cevio, Centro. Return from Cevio, Centro: bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information: www.sbb.ch
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Light running backpack (approx. 5 to 10 liters) with rain cover if necessary
Trail running shoes
Special running socks if necessary
Adequate and breathable clothing in multiple layers