Tie your running shoes and hit the mountain. Trailrunning begins where the road stops. Windy paths with natural obstacles that playfully force you to hop or climb over them. Sweat drips. Your body requires maximum concentration and confidence. The fewest sports are so simple and an adventure at the same time. Around Lake Maggiore you will find the ideal conditions for unforgettable excursions: a sunrise over the Monte Gambarogno, the magical Verzasca Valley, the Lake of Efra and Cardada-Cimetta as well as the majestic Basodino glacier. These five downhill trails definitely belong to the list of things you should do once in a lifetime. But beware, the addictive factor is high!
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The Monte Gambarogno Trail radiates a unique atmosphere. In addition to peace and contentment, you will also find tight climbs and spectacular views. Start is north of the post bus stop on the Alpe di Neggia, where the mule track leads you to the summit of Monte Gambarogno. It's best to get up very early. The magnificent view of Lake Maggiore and the entire Alpine chain is unique, especially in the morning hours. The path then leads in wide sweeping curves along the western slope down to the Alpe di Cedullo, where you can taste the regional Alpine cheese. Well strengthened then leads you the descent to the village Indemini on a comfortable path along the Sassi Gialli slope: As soon as the dense birch forest clears you can see already the first stone roofs of the village. Have fun!By the way, you can find the video for the trail here:
You can start the Valle Verzasca Trail either from Mergoscia or from the Verzasca dam. In the first case, you will reach Corippo, on a fantastic trail about a hundred meters above the reservoir. In the second variant, which begins at the dam, you come on a long route through the forest through the various fractions of Vogorno. In both variants, the trail runs along to the village of Lavertezzo, which deserves a break due to its double-arched bridge and the beautiful ponds with their green water.Continue to Brione, along a route where a few years ago the Sentiero per l'arte (The Path for the Arts) was realized. In untouched nature you will find sculptures by contemporary artists. You do not have to be an art connoisseur to be amazed. Between old buildings and chapels, the path leads you to the last village: Sonogno. Here you will find the House of Wool and the Ethnographic Museum, where the history of the valley and those of the chimney sweeps are preserved. From Sonogno you return by post bus. Culture and action in one.By the way, you can find the video for the trail here:
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In San Carlo in the Val Bavona, in the midst of an alpine area characterized by rocks, cliffs and wild nature, the suspension railway departs for Robièi, the starting point of this circular route. The monorail is certainly the most comfortable way to reach Robièi. On this tour you will explore the beautiful area around Robièi on foot. The Basodino Glacier is the most impressive and important glacier of Ticino: a shimmering white dome that can be seen from afar with its 3,273 meters. The magnificent landscape of granite and gneiss has something majestic and offers you as a runner also a unique training area. Keep your eyes peeled, because if you look carefully, you can see numerous wild animals, such as marmots, ibex and chamois growing on the ridges.By the way, you can find the video for the trail here:
The Cimetta Trail stretches over 13 km and takes you to almost 1,869 m above sea level. From the top you have a fabulous panoramic view of the Magaino Plain, which offers mountains and numerous peaks. On a comfortable, evenly ascending path, you continue from Cimetta to the Cima della Trosa, where, with a clear view, you will reach the Swiss Alps. The last stretch in front of the village above Lake Vogorno is mostly in the forest. Mergoscia owes its fame not least to the beautiful church dedicated to Saint Gottardo and Carpoforo.By the way, you can find the video for the trail here:
This trail takes you to the mountain lake of Efra. The starting point is Frasco (885 m) in the Verzasca Valley, which you can easily reach by both the PostBus and your own car. The mountain lake is at about 1,836 m and is about 962 meters above the starting point. The path is not difficult, but good mountain boots are recommended.If you need refreshment after the run, you will find a rustic mountain lodge not far from here. To reach the hut at 2,038 m, you will head northeast through meadows and stone fields to the Corte di Cima, where the Società Escursionistica Verzaschese hut awaits you.By the way, you can find the video for the trail here: