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    From Isone to Tesserete across Gola di Lago

    Isone - Condra - Bigorio - Tesserete

    From Isone to Tesserete across Gola di Lago

    Isone - Condra - Bigorio - Tesserete

    Isone is the last stop on the Post Bus route into the Isone Valley, and this rugged terrain is best known as the training ground for Switzerland’s military division of mountain infantrymen. The deep valleys and steep wooded mountainsides also ensure an interesting and diverse terrain for hiking. The hike from Isone to Tesserete across the Gola di Lago starts just below the Church of San Lorenzo in Isone, and requires about 250m of uphill climbing through chestnut forests before reaching a fairly level trail for the next approx. 6 km. Along the way to the high moor of Gola di Lago (also a shooting range for the military) we get superb views of Monte Tamaro and the whole Isone Valley, and we pass through some pretty grove birches, almost lovelier in profile in their late autumn nakedness.

    At Alpe S.ta Maria to the West of Gola di Lago is a forked path, and both paths rejoin about one kilometer later. The lower, or easternmost path winds past lovely stone homes and affords great views of the scattered homesteads along the flanks of Monte Bar / Caval Drossa. The descent to Tesserete takes you through the lovely hamlet of Condra on a sunny alp, then past the Santa Maria monastery with its pilgrim walk down to the village of Bigorio, whose narrow lanes and alleyways are worth a visit before the last descent to Tesserete.

     

    Published on 30.11.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 25.11.2015
    Published on 30.11.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 25.11.2015

    Route Details

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    Region
    Ticino
    Time Required
    4 hours
    Distance
    11 km
    Ascent
    495 m
    Descent
    739 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Panorama
    Experience
    Points of Interest
    Churches in Isone and Tesserete, Bigorio Village center, Monastery of Santa Maria near Bigorio
    Starting Point
    Trail starts just South of the Church
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Destination
    Bus Terminal Tesserete
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Isone, Bigorio, Tesserete
    Things to Note
    Caution is required on the first portion of this tour when done in late autumn, as the leaves are thick on the trail and the many roots and stones are not visible.

    Route Description

    00:00: Across from the Church in Isone, follow the trail marker in direction of Tesserete (trail starts to the East of the Church)

    00:30: At Calanchetto follow the trail marker in direction of Tesserete. The trail ascends from here across a meadow.

    00:55: At Alpe Mürecc continue to follow the trail marker to Tesserete / Gola di Lago

    01:50: Once arrived at Gola di Lago, stay on the road to the right, walk 5 minutes to the trail marker at Alpe S.ta Maria (trail markers at Gola di Lago read 5 minutes to Alpe S.ta Maria and 2 hrs 10 min. to Tesserete)

    01:55: From Alpe S.ta Maria continue in the direction of Tesserete. A short way ahead is a fork in the road with trail markers to Tesserete in both directions. Both paths merge together about 20-25 minutes later.

    03:00 At Condra continue in the direction of Bigorio / Tesserete

    03:25: At the S.ta Maria Monastery, continue toward Tesserete

    03:40: In Bigorio continue toward Tesserete

    04:00: In Tesserete walk on the right side past the church to the Bus Station „Tesserete, Stazione“ (behind the Station Restaurant)

     

     

     

     

     

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