Five-Lake Hike at the Gotthard Pass

Gotthard Hotel - Lago di Lucendro - Laghi d'Orsirora - Lucendro Dam - Gotthard Hotel

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Five-Lake Hike at the Gotthard Pass

Gotthard Hotel - Lago di Lucendro - Laghi d'Orsirora - Lucendro Dam - Gotthard Hotel

Published on 02.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 29.08.2013

This high Alpine hike (and in my opinion one of the most beautiful of alpine tours) is not extremely difficult and its accessibility means that even beginner hikers can experience the beauty of the rocky Alpine landscape with views across the tops of the neighbouring peaks.

The round tour starts with an easy ½-hour walk from the Gotthard Pass Hotel past the shimmering Piazza Lake along the old cobblestone Gotthard road to the dam at Lake Lucendro, followed by a 100-m ascent to the beautiful lake. About halfway to the back of the lake another 250-m ascent takes you to the first of a handful of small mountain lakes on a type of “high plateau”. From here you wind through the granite-strewn landscape from lake to lake with stunning ever-changing vistas before descending again to the dam and back to the Gotthard Hotel.

The description found at the TicinoTopTen website describes this tour quite nicely. Even though the tour maps out at 4 hours (and the trail markers show 4 hours), it takes closer to 4.5 or 5 hours, as described on their website.

NOTE: Although the recommendation is to do the tour counterclockwise, we recommend starting along the lake. The uphill portions are about the same, but the uphill climb at the lake is less strenuous. On the other hand, more care must be taken to descend from the North side of the loop as there are steep rocky sections.

NOTE: At about the half-way point take the 15-minute detour to the Gatscholalücke for a stunning view down into the Ursuren Valley all the way to Realp.

 

 

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Published on 02.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 29.08.2013

Route Details 

Region
Ticino
Time Required
4 hours 30 minutes
Distance
13 km
Ascent
593 m
Descent
593 m
Season Start / Season End
July - September
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Dam structure at Lake Lucendro, Small power plant along the trail on the way back to the dam.
Starting Point
Hotel at the Gotthard Pass
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Hotel at the Gotthard Pass
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Gotthard Pass
Things to Note
The hike is not difficult but good shoes are required. If coming by car, you can save an hour's walking by parking at the dam.

Details about this tour 

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Hammerschön, müsste die Bezeichnung ”Top Wanderungen der Schweiz” bekommen. So sehr...

Hiked on 19.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Hammerschön, müsste die Bezeichnung ”Top Wanderungen der Schweiz” bekommen. So sehr abwechslungsreich.

 

 

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