Start at Dino, following the cantonal road that takes you to Val Colla. At Rosone you abandon the main road, turning into a side tarmac road for a few hundred metres, which leads to Petrolzo. From here, proceed into the woods on a wide forest road with a good dirt road–bed. Once you’ve reached the top, you can admire the Denti della Vecchia and the rest of the view. Then you can go a few hundred metres downhill, reaching the Pairolo Mountain Hut, where you can get a taste of the cuisine and/or stay overnight. After the steep 760m climb this is a well-earned reward, besides the satisfaction of having reached such an attractive area.
You go into the woods on a path that later joins the forest road that will take you finally out of the wooded area. The route continues among pastures on partially level ground and ends joining a path that leads to the Bocchetta di San Bernardo. From here you enter Italian territory so remember to bring an ID document along…The path in Italy (a few hundred metres long) is narrow and very difficult, thus requiring good technical training. At a certain point, the path joins a road that keeping to the left leads directly to Capanna San Lucio, where it’s possible to have a good meal and/or stay the night. It’s also possible to find accommodations at the Alpe Cottino agritourism, which is at only a five minute bike ride from San Lucio or at the nearby mountain hut on the Italian side. The view? Just wait and see.
Between San Lucio and Piandanazzo there’s only a 60 m. elevation difference that might induce one to think that the route is relatively on level ground. But this is only true for the initial leg; after that the route is characterized by a series of short ups and downs. Up to just after the Alpe Pietrarossa crossroads the path is wide; later it tends to become narrower and, considering the precipice and the slippery and uneven ground, much caution is advisable. In seguito diventa più largo. Along the path you will also have to cross several streams. Despite the fact that the ground is so uneven, this remains a very nice itinerary, much appreciated also by hikers: thus, besides being extremely cautious, always remember to give precedence to hikers. Please note that one doesn’t pass through wooded areas, so during the whole of the itinerary it’s possible to admire the valley.
After Piandanazzo the route is characterized by a level section until you reach the mountain hut of Monte Bar, after which there is a slight down slope until the Motto della Croce.. The route runs along the mountain crest and permits you to really admire the view during the whole route. First you follow a tarmac road and then a dirt road. A good view may be had both from Motto alla Croce and from Mount Bar. At the Capanna Monte Bar there’s the possibility of a good meal and staying overnight.
From the Motto della Croce, which cannot be described in words but whose beauty will be evident upon seeing, one descends continuing on a larger footpath which allows you to arrive, without too much technical difficulty, to the Alpe Davrosio. From the alp one proceeds to the Gola di Lago on a paved road. A 400 m. elevation difference, divided on a 4 km stretch, makes one foresee a particularly steep climb.
Of the route’s 9 km. only the first two, up to Stinchè , are uphill. The whole itinerary is characterized by asphalt or dirt roads, except in the area of the Bigorio mountains. The only real difficulty of this route consists in crossing the town centre of Condra, where, for a few hundred metres, one descends a narrow passage with a stone ground. After the climb leading to Stinché, the gradual downhill in the direction of Tesserete begins. For a long stretch you pedal on a dirt road that later joins a path on the Bigorio mountains. Once you’ve covered a short distance, you join a wider path leading to Condra and then a dirt road up to Sciss di Fuori. From here you enter an asphalt road that permits you to reach Bigorio, a place where the famous convent of Santa Maria is located. At Bigorio, one abandons the main road to join a small street covered in long cobblestones, where the washing fountain of the old town stands. You then pass through the centre of Sala Capriasca and on a dirt road you first reach the barracks and the bus station of Tesserete and than Vaglio. The wonderful landscape one pedals through is extremely varied and allows you to admire an area rich in cottages, pasturelands and wooded areas. To be remarked in the Moschera area on the left a few metres from the path, are the town of houses in ruins that shall surely attract the interest of the visitor.
You traverse the periphery of Vaglio and enter a large and functional forest road which ends a few hundred meters after the oratory of San Clemente, the first stretch taking place on a slight upslope. You will find San Clemente slightly after midway; the Torre di Redde is also located there, opposite the middle of the course. Close to the Torre, one can catch a glimpse of the buried ruins of the medieval village of the same name. At the end of the dirt road you continue along a footpath that may present some technical difficulties as it is steeply down-sloping, with about 150 m. difference in level. Close to Comano, before leaving the wood, you have the possibility of deviating from the route, following the signs for San Bernardo; after having made the climb on uneven ground, you finally reach this famous little church at 700 m. in altitude. From here you can enjoy the view towards the north/east. Those who have chosen to admire this church must then re-descend the previously climbed slope.
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First published: Donnerstag, 12. Oktober 2006
Last updated: Dienstag, 28. Januar 2014
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