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2024: Various Hikes / Tours

3 Days Hike April 2024: San Carlo (Val Bavona) - Maggia - Tegna


3 Days Hike: San Carlo - Maggia - Tegna

Exceptional, actually "record breaking" warm temperatures for April in Switzerland, like 27°C and I decided to hike a valley in northern part of Ticino: Valley Bavona.

Friday 2024/04/12: San Carlo (Val Bavona) - Bignasco

I took the train 6:30 in Zug to Locarno, from there two busses finally 10:45 arrived in San Carlo - the last part the street is paved by only as wide as the bus itself - so very little traffic there.

Some distances:

  • San Carlo - Corte Grande 2h 45m
  • San Carlo - Rif. Piano delle Creste 3h 15m
  • San Carlo - Laghi della Crosa 5h 15m
  • San Carlo - Froglio 1hr 35m (short) / 8h 15m (long)
  • San Carlo - Bignasco 3h 50m (the route I took)
  • San Carlo - Campo 1h 20m
  • San Carlo - Cap. Basodino 2h 30m
  • San Carlo - Robiei 2h 40m
  • San Carlo - Robiei via cable cart 20m

Leaving San Carlo and slowly descending into the valley - the trees growing their early leaves, and the route is close to the street, crossing over the Bavona river left and right. Once a while a small group of houses not really qualifying a village, but rather a neighbourhood and short before Bignasco I find a spot aside a big boulder to pitch my tent for tonight.

◈ San Carlo, 2024/04/12 10:45
◈ Cevio, 2024/04/12 10:46
◈ Cevio, 2024/04/12 10:46
◈ Cevio, 2024/04/12 10:46
◈ Cevio, 2024/04/12 10:46
◈ Cevio, 2024/04/12 10:46
◈ San Carlo, 2024/04/12 10:48
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:06
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:09
2024/04/12 11:16
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:17
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:18
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:19
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:19
◈ Sonlerto, San Carlo, 2024/04/12 11:20
2024/04/12 11:38
2024/04/12 11:40
2024/04/12 11:41
◈ Fontanellata, Cevio, 2024/04/12 11:44
2024/04/12 11:46
◈ Fontanellata, Cevio, 2024/04/12 11:47
◈ Fontanellata, Cevio, 2024/04/12 11:47
◈ Fontanellata, Cevio, 2024/04/12 11:47
2024/04/12 11:51
2024/04/12 12:01
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:11
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:15
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:16
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:17
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:17
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:17
2024/04/12 12:20
2024/04/12 12:20
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:34
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:35
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:35
◈ Foroglio, Cevio, 2024/04/12 12:36
◈ Sabbione, Fontana, 2024/04/12 13:11
◈ Sabbione, Fontana, 2024/04/12 13:24
◈ Sabbione, Fontana, 2024/04/12 13:37
2024/04/12 13:41
2024/04/12 13:45
◈ Fontana, 2024/04/12 14:15
◈ Cavergno, 2024/04/12 15:15
◈ Cavergno, 2024/04/12 15:16
◈ Cavergno, 2024/04/12 15:16

Saturday 2024/04/13: Bignasco - Lodano

After a long and good sleep, and quickly reach Bignasco - and again switch the river Maggia - the river Bavona entered the Maggia - and the river and its beaches become wider and wider and more water flowing. The hiking path isn't purely flat along the river, but a bit aside - eventually short before the village Maggia giving the river its name, near the village Lodano I find a spot to pitch my tent for tonight.

◈ Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:00
◈ Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:01
◈ Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:01
◈ Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:04
◈ Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:06
◈ Bičtt, Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:20
◈ Bičtt, Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:25
◈ Bičtt, Bignasco, 2024/04/13 10:27
◈ Bičtt, Cevio, 2024/04/13 10:45
◈ Boschetto, Cevio, 2024/04/13 11:08
◈ Boschetto, Cevio, 2024/04/13 11:08
◈ Boschetto, Cevio, 2024/04/13 11:17
◈ Boschetto, Cevio, 2024/04/13 11:17
2024/04/13 11:24
◈ Boschetto, Cevio, 2024/04/13 11:29
2024/04/13 11:34
◈ Cevio, 2024/04/13 11:35
2024/04/13 12:31
2024/04/13 12:35
◈ Malún, Someo, 2024/04/13 12:56
◈ Malún, Someo, 2024/04/13 13:10
◈ Malún, Someo, 2024/04/13 13:10
◈ Malún, Someo, 2024/04/13 13:10
◈ Malún, Someo, 2024/04/13 13:12
2024/04/13 13:15
2024/04/13 13:21
◈ Da Lňgh di fuori, Someo, 2024/04/13 13:38
2024/04/13 13:40
◈ Ronchin, Lodano, 2024/04/13 15:17

Sunday 2024/04/14: Lodano - Tegna

Last leg of my hike, and the most exhausting - the route starts flat but as I approach Gordevio, the valley narrows and the hiking path gets very steep, and partially slippery from the water from melting snow higher up - so with the heavy backpack each step requires full attention. Around 14:00 I arrive at Ponte Brolla train station, where this hike ends.

◈ Ciňssa, Lodano, 2024/04/14 10:10
◈ A Lairče, Moghegno, 2024/04/14 10:31
Very steep rock stairs
2024/04/14 11:56
2024/04/14 12:08
Wide Maggia river
2024/04/14 12:31
◈ Piccolo Paradiso, Avegno, 2024/04/14 13:08
◈ Gropp, Avegno, 2024/04/14 13:40
◈ Avegno, 2024/04/14 13:47
2024/04/14 13:58
2024/04/14 13:58
Ponte Brolla train station
2024/04/14 14:20

That's it.


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