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Contra-Alpe Cardada

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Experience an unforgettable trail running adventure on the fascinating 'Contra-Alpe Cardada' loop. The trail, which is fully marked, features an exciting ascent and an equally technical descent accompanied by numerous breathtaking views.
moderate
Distance 16.1 km
3:30 h
1,193 m
1,193 m
1,486 m
478 m
The adventure begins in Contra, in front of the town hall and the church of San Bernardo. The trail run starts with a steep climb immediately tackling a series of steps that quickly lead into the forest towards the Monti di Lego. After crossing this impressive landscape, an incomparable natural spectacle opens up with a panoramic view of the lake. The climb to Alpe Cardada is a continuous series of challenges that offer a unique experience at every step.

Once you reach Alpe Cardada, the descent begins, leading back to the centre of Contra. The trail quickly passes through the settlements of Monti di Chiodo, Giorledo and Cordonico, where you can admire numerous restored rustici (stone houses) with views of Lake Maggiore. The descent ends in the area of Ronco di Bosco at kilometre 12, from where the route alternates between flat sections and gentle climbs and finally leads back to Contra, the start and finish point of this adventure.

Author’s recommendation

The trail is signposted anti-clockwise. Follow the white signs with the "Contra-Alpe Cardada" sticker.
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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: April 15, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,486 m
Lowest point
478 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Track types

Asphalt 12.16%Forested/wild trail 3.69%Path 83.74%Road 0.39%
Asphalt
2 km
Forested/wild trail
0.6 km
Path
13.5 km
Road
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Capanna Lo Stallone
Capanna Cardada
Mountain hut Grotto Monti di Lego

Safety information

From December to April, the section between Monti di Lego and Alpe Cardada in particular can become slippery with snow and ice due to the reduced amount of sunlight. Special care should therefore be taken during this period.

Start

Contra
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'708'161E 1'116'202N
DD
46.188594, 8.839638
DMS
46°11'18.9"N 8°50'22.7"E
UTM
32T 487625 5115014
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Destination

Contra

Turn-by-turn directions

Contra-Monti di Lego-Alpe Cardada-Chiodo-Giorledo-Monte Cordonico-Monte Baffi-Ronco di Bosco-Lögh del Biàdigh-Contra

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Conta, Paese bus stop is easily accessible by bus B323 from Tenero, Stazione or bus B312 from Locarno, Stazione. More information on www.ffs.ch .

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'708'161E 1'116'202N
DD
46.188594, 8.839638
DMS
46°11'18.9"N 8°50'22.7"E
UTM
32T 487625 5115014
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Equipment

  • 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
  • Trail running sticks if necessary
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone
  • Headlight and reflectors if necessary
  • Maps

Similar routes nearby

  • Valle Verzasca Trail
  • Locarno Trail
  • Cimetta Trail
  • Pizzo Leone Trail
  • Gambarogno Trail
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.1 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
1,193 m
Descent
1,193 m
Highest point
1,486 m
Lowest point
478 m
Public-transport-friendly Round trip Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip

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