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Giro della Valle del Salto (SvizzeraMobile 611)

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  • Cappella Santa Maria della Pioda
    Cappella Santa Maria della Pioda
    Photo: Mariano Berri, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
A round walk through the pristine Valle del Salto valley above the mighty Maggia waterfall.
moderate
Distance 8.8 km
3:35 h
720 m
720 m
874 m
327 m

A long flight of steps leads from the old centre of Maggia village up to the chapel of Santa Maria della Pioda. You then pass vines (the location is unique), cross the old stone bridge (looking down is not recommended for those with vertigo!) and turn right at Bivio Voipo, where the red-and-white waymarked path into the Valle del Salto starts.

The steadily ascending path penetrates deep into this wild valley, passing rustici, some of which occupy the most impossible locations such as extremely steep slopes. You traverse Canaa on your way down to the little Maiasco dam.

Before descending, the path climbs again into the Valle di Ringio. Go down the iron steps to the starting point of the chapel of Santa Maria and back to Maggia (bus to Locarno according to timetable). The village has restaurants, and you could consider a dip in the pool at the foot of the glittering waterfall (Cascata del Salto).

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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: March 24, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
874 m
Lowest point
327 m
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Track types

Asphalt 11.04%Forested/wild trail 0.82%Path 86.18%Road 1.95%
Asphalt
1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.1 km
Path
7.6 km
Road
0.2 km
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Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Maggia
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'697'757E 1'122'378N
DD
46.245731, 8.706191
DMS
46°14'44.6"N 8°42'22.3"E
UTM
32T 477350 5121392
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Destination

Maggia

Turn-by-turn directions

Maggia-I Pidèll-A Braiaa-La Còsta di Torzèd-A Talpígn-In Canaa d Zótt-In Rinsg-Cassinèla-In Òvia-Maggia

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Maggia, Centro. Return from Maggia, Centro: Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'697'757E 1'122'378N
DD
46.245731, 8.706191
DMS
46°14'44.6"N 8°42'22.3"E
UTM
32T 477350 5121392
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

  • Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • Telescope sticks if necessary,
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
  • Maps

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  • Loco – Mulegn - Auressio
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.8 km
Duration
3:35 h
Ascent
720 m
Descent
720 m
Highest point
874 m
Lowest point
327 m
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