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Mountainbiking

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Lugano Bike

Stage 2, Pairolo–Rivera

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Lugano Bike

The high trail on Monte Bar is one of the great mountain bike classics in Ticino. Follow the ridge from Pairolo to Gola di Lago, then continue on a variety of single trails and unpaved roads. The landscape of Alpine meadows, pastures and huts is full of fantastic vantage points.
What happened yesterday is history. This is also true as far as the long ascent to San Lucio is concerned. It is behind us, as we already climbed up to Capanna Pairolo yesterday. We quickly reach the mountain ridge that separates the Ticino from Italy. It is shrouded in magnificent morning light. San Lucio and its chapel have been the subjects of many a photograph over the years, but the small pass is also the starting point for the fantastic single trail leading to Capanna Monte Bar. It flows smoothly as it hugs the steep mountainside and the views down to Lugano keep getting better. The single trail is perfect and was touched up especially for mountain bikers.

The Monte Bar Hut offers the best view on the route, but a side trip on foot to the peak is highly recommended because the panoramic outlook from the round mountain without trees is unparalleled. It is particularly beautiful in a north wind when the snow-covered mountains of the Valais and the Bernese Oberland seem close enough to touch.

From Monte Bar the trail goes downhill in the direction of Monte Ceneri. A last glance toward Lugano near Motto della Croce, and then all you do is concentrate on the single trail down to Gola di Lago. A small road helps to loosen up before the next single trail starts near Monti di Camignolo. The path winds itself through the dense forest down to the valley floor near Rivera. And this is the end of today’s stage with all its stunning sensations.
The high trail on Monte Bar is one of the great mountain bike classics in Ticino. Follow the ridge from Pairolo to Gola di Lago, then continue on a variety of single trails and unpaved roads. The landscape of Alpine meadows, pastures and huts is full of fantastic vantage points.
What happened yesterday is history. This is also true as far as the long ascent to San Lucio is concerned. It is behind us, as we already climbed up to Capanna Pairolo yesterday. We quickly reach the mountain ridge that separates the Ticino from Italy. It is shrouded in magnificent morning light. San Lucio and its chapel have been the subjects of many a photograph over the years, but the small pass is also the starting point for the fantastic single trail leading to Capanna Monte Bar. It flows smoothly as it hugs the steep mountainside and the views down to Lugano keep getting better. The single trail is perfect and was touched up especially for mountain bikers.

The Monte Bar Hut offers the best view on the route, but a side trip on foot to the peak is highly recommended because the panoramic outlook from the round mountain without trees is unparalleled. It is particularly beautiful in a north wind when the snow-covered mountains of the Valais and the Bernese Oberland seem close enough to touch.

From Monte Bar the trail goes downhill in the direction of Monte Ceneri. A last glance toward Lugano near Motto della Croce, and then all you do is concentrate on the single trail down to Gola di Lago. A small road helps to loosen up before the next single trail starts near Monti di Camignolo. The path winds itself through the dense forest down to the valley floor near Rivera. And this is the end of today’s stage with all its stunning sensations.
30 km
Asphalted: 7 km
Natural surface: 23 km
of which Singletrail: 15 km
950 m | 1850 m
difficult | medium

Signalization

Signalization
This route is only signposted in one direction: Pairolo – Rivera

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Carry identification as this is a cross-border route.

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Push-only passage
Pairolo – Rivera approx. 15 min.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Rivera-Bironico
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Consideration
Area with livestock guardian dogs: On the mountain pasture Rompiago you may encounter livestock guardian dogs. Respecting certain rules helps avoid problems.
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Services

Accommodation

Capanna Baita del Luca
Capanna Baita del Luca
Lugano
Capanna Pairolo
Capanna Pairolo
Sonvico
Capanna San Lucio
Capanna San Lucio
Lugano
Capanna Ginestra
Capanna Ginestra
Agno
Capanna Monte Bar – CAS Ticino
Capanna Monte Bar – CAS Ticino
Tesserete
Hotel Tesserete
Hotel Tesserete
Tesserete
B&B Barbara Pongelli
B&B Barbara Pongelli
Rivera
Capanna Pianturin
Capanna Pianturin
Cadenazzo
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Bookable offers

66 Lugano Bike
66 Lugano Bike
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Places

S. Lucio
S. Lucio
Tesserete
Tesserete
Medeglia
Medeglia
Rivera
Rivera
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Places of interest

Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Mount Pioda’s chestnut grove
Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro
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Swimming

Splash & Spa Tamaro
Splash & Spa Tamaro
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Signalization

Signalization
For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
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