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La Strada Alta tappa 1: Airolo-Osco

Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 1

La Strada Alta tappa 1: Airolo-Osco

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This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

The hike begins at Airolo station: after a small stretch on the main street, we cover a few meters on the cantonal road of the St Gotthard Pass, and close to the cemetery we take a left turn in order to reach Valle.

closed
moderate
Distance 17.6 km
5:20 h
682 m
657 m
1,420 m
1,023 m
Continuing along the old mule track in Val Canaria, we arrive in Madrano where we can enjoy the view of the lower-lying Stalvedro Gorge. The Strada Alta continues in the direction of Brugnasco and Altanca where the intermediate station of one of steepest funiculars (Ritom) in the world is located. Near the funicular, you can see the beautiful small church of the village, located on the rock face on a historical shrine. After having gone through Altanca, the location of a restored old mill, we arrive at Cresta di Sopra, the highest point of our 5143 tour (1419 m); from there the Strada Alta descends and goes through the beautiful township of Ronco, to finally arrive at Deggio. There, the road rises slightly at first as it reaches San Martino, where a small 11th century church is located, one of the oldest in the valley, then it reaches Lurengo, where we enter in the Bosco d'öss which leads to Freggio.

Travelling through this final section located above the Piottino Gorge, we leave Alta Leventina to enter in Media. After passing the small village church, we continue in the direction of Osco; our first stage destination.

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Update: April 23, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,420 m
Lowest point
1,023 m
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Track types

Asphalt 37.43%Dirt road 0.14%Forested/wild trail 18.48%Path 25.82%Road 18.10%
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6.6 km
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0 km
Forested/wild trail
3.3 km
Path
4.5 km
Road
3.2 km
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Start

Airolo
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'689'780E 1'153'603N
DD
46.527707, 8.608816
DMS
46°31'39.7"N 8°36'31.7"E
UTM
32T 469998 5152756
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Destination

Osco

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'689'780E 1'153'603N
DD
46.527707, 8.608816
DMS
46°31'39.7"N 8°36'31.7"E
UTM
32T 469998 5152756
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Equipment

  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.6 km
Duration
5:20 h
Ascent
682 m
Descent
657 m
Highest point
1,420 m
Lowest point
1,023 m
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