6 Alpine Passes Trail
6 Alpine Passes Trail
6 Alpine Passes Trail
6 Alpine Passes Trail
6 Alpine Passes Trail
6 Alpine Passes Trail

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Alpine Passes Trail

Stage 10, Cab. Scaletta SAT–Olivone

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Alpine Passes Trail

1400-metre descent through all vegetation levels - from the rock world of Greina to meadows and alps and the forest belt. The Olivone Tourist Office has interesting information on the region.
The view of Val Camadra from the Scaletta hut is fabulous. It is one of the five gateways into the protected Greina Plain. Numerous streams, lakes and stretches of high moorland are the plain's distinctive features. You descend along a beautiful and varied path, past little streams and waterfalls, until you reach Val Camadra. After Pian Geirett, the streams merge into the Brenno della Greina river. Following this river, you walk along paths at first and then along a road down towards Campo Blenio. It takes almost three hours to reach the village and the valley of the same name (Val Campo).

For a long time, people were forced to emigrate from this tributary valley because access was inadequate. But then, a breathtaking road was built in 1891. Continue to follow the hiking trail towards the valley, and you will soon reach the old road. It starts at the tunnel which replaced the old road in 1958 because the Luzzone Dam was built at this time. High above the Brenno della Greina, you follow this road which is only a little over one hundred years old. It seems to be much older because of its spectacular construction – it was hewn into the Töira rock formation, with several passages through galleries. The road could not prevent emigration from the valley, but this has been compensated by the number of second homes encouraged by tourism facilities.

A few minutes later, you reach the destination of this stage: Olivone, at the foot of the pyramidical Sosto mountain. The village lies on the route to Lucomagno Pass, which links Blenio Valley with Disentis in the Graubünden region of Surselva all year round. With its crossings via Passo Sole, Passo della Greina and Pass Diesrut, the Blenio Valley was one of the very early Alpine routes to carry traffic. Although the valley's situation makes it part of the austere mountain world, it has quite a southern ambience. There is even a tradition of wine-growing here.
1400-metre descent through all vegetation levels - from the rock world of Greina to meadows and alps and the forest belt. The Olivone Tourist Office has interesting information on the region.
The view of Val Camadra from the Scaletta hut is fabulous. It is one of the five gateways into the protected Greina Plain. Numerous streams, lakes and stretches of high moorland are the plain's distinctive features. You descend along a beautiful and varied path, past little streams and waterfalls, until you reach Val Camadra. After Pian Geirett, the streams merge into the Brenno della Greina river. Following this river, you walk along paths at first and then along a road down towards Campo Blenio. It takes almost three hours to reach the village and the valley of the same name (Val Campo).

For a long time, people were forced to emigrate from this tributary valley because access was inadequate. But then, a breathtaking road was built in 1891. Continue to follow the hiking trail towards the valley, and you will soon reach the old road. It starts at the tunnel which replaced the old road in 1958 because the Luzzone Dam was built at this time. High above the Brenno della Greina, you follow this road which is only a little over one hundred years old. It seems to be much older because of its spectacular construction – it was hewn into the Töira rock formation, with several passages through galleries. The road could not prevent emigration from the valley, but this has been compensated by the number of second homes encouraged by tourism facilities.

A few minutes later, you reach the destination of this stage: Olivone, at the foot of the pyramidical Sosto mountain. The village lies on the route to Lucomagno Pass, which links Blenio Valley with Disentis in the Graubünden region of Surselva all year round. With its crossings via Passo Sole, Passo della Greina and Pass Diesrut, the Blenio Valley was one of the very early Alpine routes to carry traffic. Although the valley's situation makes it part of the austere mountain world, it has quite a southern ambience. There is even a tradition of wine-growing here.
14 km
80 m | 1450 m
3 h 40 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections.

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Ascent Passo della Greina (from Olivone)
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Ascent Passo della Greina (from Olivone)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Olivone, Posta–Pian Geirett via Ghirone, Aquilesco
or
Pian Geirett–Olivone, Posta via Ghirone, Aquilesco
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1200m.
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Consideration
Area with livestock guardian dogs: Close to the mountain pasture Prüsfa you may encounter livestock guardian dogs from mid-May till the end of September. Respecting rules helps avoid problems. Please consider the information boards on site for the current location of the dogs.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Olivone, Posta
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Contact

Signpost management
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Services

Accommodation

Capanna Scaletta
Capanna Scaletta
Blenio
Casa Lucomagno
Casa Lucomagno
Olivone
Pensione Centrale
Pensione Centrale
Olivone
Relais del Sosto
Relais del Sosto
Olivone
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Bookable offers

6 Alpine Passes Trail: Olivone - Ulrichen
6 Alpine Passes Trail: Olivone - Ulrichen
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Places

Olivone
Olivone
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Places of interest

Lavòrceno–Stübiè di quà
Lavòrceno–Stübiè di quà
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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