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    Hike in the Wild and Romantic Onsernone Valley

    Berzona - Sella - Mulegn - Auressio - Cresmino

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    Hike in the Wild and Romantic Onsernone Valley

    Berzona - Sella - Mulegn - Auressio - Cresmino

    Published on 23.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 19.10.2016

    October is the perfect time to hike in the Ticino because the thick chestnut forests are starting to change colour, and the beautiful fat glossy nuts are pelting down all around, so you can collect bags full to take home for a treat.

    The Onsernone Valley is infamous in that it has so many curves on the narrow road that it takes almost an hour to drive to the last village 20 km in the back of the valley. And the bus driver doesn't take it slow and easy! At full speed the bus weaves along the curves high above the valley bottom, and whips through the villages where the streets really aren't even wide enough for this kind of vehicle....

    We started this tour in Berzona just West of Loco and easily hiked up to a large clearing with a cluster of pretty rustico summer homes (Sella) and a super view of the thickly forested steep hillsides. A very nice trail takes you to the back of one of the many side valleys where more stone homes greet you in Mulegn.

    The hike back along the left side of this side valley is a little more difficult. The trail is steep and requires very sure footing as you are basically walking over the original jagged rock base of the mountain for about 1 km (have to allow more time for this, and not recommended when wet). But the rest of the trail and the views to Loco make up for it.

    The trail approaches Auressio from the top, and after a steep descent through this pretty village, you can catch the bus on the main road, or continue on the trail far below the main road to Cresmino. This last piece is easy as it was the original road long ago, obviously built up with extreme hard work, and now covered in grass.

    From Cresmino one could also continue on to Cavigliano, an additional one-hour hike.



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    Published on 23.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 19.10.2016

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    Time Required
    3 hours 30 minutes
    10 km
    430 m
    639 m
    Season Start / Season End
    May - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
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    Return with Public Transport
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    There is about 1 km of the trail on the Auressio side that has some steep sections and requires careful treading.

    Route Description 

    00:00 Starting at the bus stop walk a short piece along the main road and then head up the road to the left.

    00:10 Reach Berzona. Take a few minutes to walk through the alleys of this pretty and typical Ticinese village. Then head up the hill behind the village to the chapel.

    00:20 Arrive at the chapel at the top of the village. Continue in the direction of Sella

    00:35 Reach a building in a clearing in the woods. There are hand-painted signs to Colmo. Follow this trail. It soon goes steep uphill, but only for about 25 minutes.

    01:00 Reach the clearing above the forest. Continue toward Sella.

    01:10 At the very top of the houses in Sella, the trail goes sharply to the right and then down along the left side of the valley as you walk North. Continue toward Passo della Garina.

    01:40 Reach the junction where the trail goes left toward the Passo della Garina. Continue in the direction of Auressio. Just a couple of minutes later the trail bends to the right, but ahead is a little bridge that will take you to a small cluster of homes in Mulegn. Just before the Cargo Cable Car platform is a trail that takes you down to the main trail again and the second set of houses.

    02:00 Past the second cluster of homes you cross a little stream and here the path becomes steep and difficult for the next 1 km.

    02:25 Reach a beautiful clearing with a stone (sheep) barn and a lovely view to the church in Loco. Continue toward Auressio.

    02:55 Reach the top of Auressio. Descend to the church square and then the steep steps to the main road. Here you can catch the bus, or cross the road and continue below on the old road. Sign says 55 minutes, but it really only takes 40 minutes.

    03:35 Reach the Cresmino Funicular bus stop.





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