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Hike down the Beautiful Val Bavona (Sentiero Cristallina)

San Carlo (Bavona) - Sonlerto - Foroglio - Fontana - Cavergno - Bignasco

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Hike down the Beautiful Val Bavona (Sentiero Cristallina)

San Carlo (Bavona) - Sonlerto - Foroglio - Fontana - Cavergno - Bignasco

Published on 19.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk | Tour Date: 16.05.2016

This captivating hike down the Bavona Valley (a side valley to the Maggia Valley) has so much to offer! This U-shaped glacier valley is lined on both sides by magnificent steep cliffs, and the valley bottom is so lush and green and wild with overgrown vegetation. And yet there are a number of charming villages along the way; this valley is so full of rocks from a multitude of landslides, that the natives built their homes of stone, in, on and adjacent to the boulders!

The first half of the hike, from the village of San Carlo at the back of the valley to Foroglio with its 50-m high waterfall proceeds mostly along forested paths, crossing the road a few times. From Foroglio to Bignasco at the end of the valley, the trail changes to a very rocky one: in fact, the trail is called “Sentiera della pietra” or “Trail of stones”. There are several uphill and downhill portions through chestnut forests, in, around and through piles of huge boulders deposited here thousands of years ago. Along the way are information boards describing the uses the locals made of these boulders, such as building stone walls across the gaps to keep their goats safe while grazing in the forest, or even planting meadow grass on top of them as fodder for the animals.

This link has some additional very interesting information about the history of this valley: http://www.ticinotopten.ch/en/trekking/bavona-valley

The trail markers for this valley are very misleading, and give very short times, probably the time required to walk along the road. Plan for at least 4 hours of walking time, plus extra to discover the villages and possibly to climb the steep hill behind Foroglio to the waterfall

NOTE: There are very few buses that run in the valley so it is recommended to start in San Carlo. At the end of the tour, the Maggia Valley bus from Cavergno or Bignasco runs more often, about once an hour.

 

 

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Published on 19.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk | Tour Date: 16.05.2016

Route Details 

Region
Ticino
Time Required
4 hours
Distance
13 km
Ascent
354 m
Descent
852 m
Max. Altitude
938 m
Min. Altitude
437 m
Season Start / Season End
May - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
50m waterfall in Foroglio, Trail of The Living Rock (Pietra Viva) with the stables built under the boulders.
Starting Point
San Carlo (Bavona)
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Bignasco
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Sonlerto, Foroglio, Cavergno, Bignasco
Things to Note
Very few buses run in the valley, so check the schedules carefully. If you start in San Carlo, then there are hourly buses back out of the Maggia Valley from Cavergno or Bignasco.

Details about this tour 

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Unterwegs interessante Infotafeln zum Themenweg "Percorso della transumanza"....

Rating: 6/6

Hiked on 20.09.2017 by Roru

Unterwegs interessante Infotafeln zum Themenweg "Percorso della transumanza". Wegen der langen Anreise und den wenigen Postautokursen im Val Bavona übernachteten wir in Bignasco.

Es ist immer schön, neue Seitentäler im Tessin zu entdecken

Hiked on 16.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Es ist immer schön, neue Seitentäler im Tessin zu entdecken

Ein herrlich schönes und wildes Tal! Was da alles mit Steinen gebaut wurde.

Hiked on 16.05.2016 by UrnerUrs

Ein herrlich schönes und wildes Tal! Was da alles mit Steinen gebaut wurde.

 

 

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