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

Hiking

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Alpine Passes Trail

Stage 13, Airolo–Cap. Corno-Gries

Route report
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Alpine Passes Trail

The long panoramic stage to All’Acqua reveals the southern charm of the valley: airy larch woods, the tiny villages of Ossasco, Villa, Bedretto and Ronco down below. Latin-style stone houses dotted between typical Valais wooden houses.
The Bedretto Valley extends from Airolo to the Nufenen Pass, forming the topmost section of the Leventina Valley. This is the location of the headwaters of the river Ticino, which is fed by various mountain streams from both flanks of the valley. The hike starts at the traffic junction in Airolo. If you prefer to shorten the steep route up to Alp Pesciüm by taking the cable car, you can save almost two hours of hiking time. As you climb, you cross the downhill bike route in places. You leave Pesciüm on a beautiful high-level path where you will also encounter mountain bikes as you walk through a sparse larch forest and across lovely meadows.

The new Gotthard road is clearly visible, but all you can see of the old Tremola road is one hairpin bend. Always staying high above the Bedretto Valley, the trail leads via the Cascina della Croce pasture to the Ri di Cristallina stream. At this junction, the Sentiero Cristallina trail branches off to the left, leading up to the Cristallina hut. Shortly afterwards, the Alpine Passes Trail reaches the magnificent Alpe di Folcra pasture. A tiny lakelet and streams that seem to flow at random invite you to rest awhile here. Continue downhill for about three kilometers on a gravel road until the mountain bike route splits off from the hiking trail again.

Then for almost two hours, beautiful paths take you up towards the Nufenen Pass. The path is so deeply embedded in the dense vegetation that hiking is almost no effort at all. The picture changes at Paltano: you continue walking near the pass road as far as Alpe Cruina, where the hiking trail becomes steeper again as you gain the last 300 meters of height to reach the Capanna Corno-Gries SAC (hut).
The long panoramic stage to All’Acqua reveals the southern charm of the valley: airy larch woods, the tiny villages of Ossasco, Villa, Bedretto and Ronco down below. Latin-style stone houses dotted between typical Valais wooden houses.
The Bedretto Valley extends from Airolo to the Nufenen Pass, forming the topmost section of the Leventina Valley. This is the location of the headwaters of the river Ticino, which is fed by various mountain streams from both flanks of the valley. The hike starts at the traffic junction in Airolo. If you prefer to shorten the steep route up to Alp Pesciüm by taking the cable car, you can save almost two hours of hiking time. As you climb, you cross the downhill bike route in places. You leave Pesciüm on a beautiful high-level path where you will also encounter mountain bikes as you walk through a sparse larch forest and across lovely meadows.

The new Gotthard road is clearly visible, but all you can see of the old Tremola road is one hairpin bend. Always staying high above the Bedretto Valley, the trail leads via the Cascina della Croce pasture to the Ri di Cristallina stream. At this junction, the Sentiero Cristallina trail branches off to the left, leading up to the Cristallina hut. Shortly afterwards, the Alpine Passes Trail reaches the magnificent Alpe di Folcra pasture. A tiny lakelet and streams that seem to flow at random invite you to rest awhile here. Continue downhill for about three kilometers on a gravel road until the mountain bike route splits off from the hiking trail again.

Then for almost two hours, beautiful paths take you up towards the Nufenen Pass. The path is so deeply embedded in the dense vegetation that hiking is almost no effort at all. The picture changes at Paltano: you continue walking near the pass road as far as Alpe Cruina, where the hiking trail becomes steeper again as you gain the last 300 meters of height to reach the Capanna Corno-Gries SAC (hut).
25 km
1950 m | 780 m
8 h 45 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Airolo
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Season

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

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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note cableway recommendation No. 271 Airolo–Perciüm.
Ascent Pesciüm
271
Ascent Pesciüm
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Airolo–Pesciüm
or
Pesciüm–Airolo
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 600m.
Timetable: Website mountain transport
Ascent Nufenenpass (from Airolo)
270
Ascent Nufenenpass (from Airolo)
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Airolo, Stazione–Cruina
or
Cruina–Airolo, Stazione
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 830m.
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Contact

Signpost management
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Services

Accommodation

B&B Gottardo
B&B Gottardo
Airolo
B&B Motta
B&B Motta
Airolo
Hotel Forni
Hotel Forni
Airolo
Capanna Piansecco CAS
Capanna Piansecco CAS
All'Acqua
Capanna Corno-Gries CAS
Capanna Corno-Gries CAS
All'Acqua
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6 Alpine Passes Trail: Olivone - Ulrichen
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Airolo
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Airolo, Ressiga–Madrano
Airolo, Ressiga–Madrano
Cheese factory Gottardo
Cheese factory Gottardo
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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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