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Lugano Bike

Stage 1, Lugano (Monte Brè)–Pairolo

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Lugano Bike

Amid nature but close to town: wooded single trails lead from Monte Brè to Sonvico with a view of Lugano and the lake. Then the route truly begins, covering a distance in altitude of about 800 metres on an unpaved road to the Capanna Pairolo. Your reward: a magnificent view of Lugano’s back country.
Actually, it would be possible to get up to Monte Brè high above Lugano under your own steam. But by taking the funicular you save the strength you later need on the way to Capanna Pairolo.

On Monte Brè you first breathe in the fantastic views of Lugano and the intricate lake, before you take the single trails and plunge into the dense forest. A smooth ridge path followed by a fun downhill run takes you deep into the hinterland of Lugano with its scattered settlements.

The fun is over near Sonvico where the steep ascent to Capanna Pairolo begins. A mix of gravel paths and trails high above Val Colla climbs uphill. Halfway up, the trail gets steeper, there are more turns and finally, some 800 meters in altitude later, you reach a small rise, very close to the Pairolo Hut – a perfect place to end the first leg of the route. The views from the spartan hut across the hinterland of Lugano are beautiful, but above all, it is very comfortable and the food is excellent.
Amid nature but close to town: wooded single trails lead from Monte Brè to Sonvico with a view of Lugano and the lake. Then the route truly begins, covering a distance in altitude of about 800 metres on an unpaved road to the Capanna Pairolo. Your reward: a magnificent view of Lugano’s back country.
Actually, it would be possible to get up to Monte Brè high above Lugano under your own steam. But by taking the funicular you save the strength you later need on the way to Capanna Pairolo.

On Monte Brè you first breathe in the fantastic views of Lugano and the intricate lake, before you take the single trails and plunge into the dense forest. A smooth ridge path followed by a fun downhill run takes you deep into the hinterland of Lugano with its scattered settlements.

The fun is over near Sonvico where the steep ascent to Capanna Pairolo begins. A mix of gravel paths and trails high above Val Colla climbs uphill. Halfway up, the trail gets steeper, there are more turns and finally, some 800 meters in altitude later, you reach a small rise, very close to the Pairolo Hut – a perfect place to end the first leg of the route. The views from the spartan hut across the hinterland of Lugano are beautiful, but above all, it is very comfortable and the food is excellent.
23 km
Asphalted: 8 km
Natural surface: 15 km
of which Singletrail: 6 km
1350 m | 900 m
medium | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival Lugano (Monte Brè)
The Monte Brè funicular rail transports mountain bikes only from the mid Suvigliana station to Monte Brè. The distance from the Lugano station to the Ruvigliana stop is approx. 3.5 km and a 100-meter climb in altitude.
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Arrival / return travel Monte Brè
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Signalization

Signalization
This route is only signposted in one direction: Lugano (Monte Brè) – Pairolo

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Push-only passage
Lugano – Pairolo approx. 30 min.
Push section, Gere (above Brè)
Duration
03.12.2020 - 30.04.2022
Reason
Forestry work
The route is being diverted. Mountain bikes must be pushed (approx. 500 m).
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Services

Accommodation

Guesthouse Lugano Center
Guesthouse Lugano Center
Lugano
Albergo Acquarello
Albergo Acquarello
Lugano
Capanna Baita del Luca
Capanna Baita del Luca
Lugano
Capanna Pairolo
Capanna Pairolo
Sonvico
Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano
Hotel Pestalozzi Lugano
Lugano
International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotel
International au Lac Historic Lakeside Hotel
Lugano
Ostello per la Gioventù Lugano
Ostello per la Gioventù Lugano
Lugano-Savosa
Capanna Ginestra
Capanna Ginestra
Agno
Capanna Monte Bar – CAS Ticino
Capanna Monte Bar – CAS Ticino
Tesserete
Hotel Tesserete
Hotel Tesserete
Tesserete
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Bookable offers

66 Lugano Bike
66 Lugano Bike
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Places

Lugano
Lugano
Tesserete
Tesserete
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Places of interest

Funicular Monte Brè
Funicular Monte Brè
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
Tesserete–Bigorio–Santa Maria Convento
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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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