Image 0 - Cimetta Trail
Image 1 - Cimetta Trail

Cimetta Trail

What comes to mind when you hear the words 'complete freedom'? We think of grass kissed by the morning dew glistening in the sun; tall peaks with their boundless views; endless trails; dense, shady forests; and brightly coloured flower meadows.

Itinerary for trail runners

Take the five-minute suspended cable car ride from Orselina to Cardada and find yourself immersed in a striking alpine setting. Follow the short paved path through the pines until the chairlift departure to Cimetta. 

In Cimetta, at an altitude of 1'670 meters (ideal starting point for this trail), there are an alpine hut and the geological observatory, with a red line that symbolizes the Periadriatic Seam. From here you can enjoy a stunning 360° view of the lake, the Magadino Plain, and the surrounding mountains, including several Alpine peaks.

Leave Cimetta to ascend until Cima della Trosa on a leisurely path with a steady gradient. After admiring the view, take the same path back to Cimetta and then Cardada. Alternatively, continue the hike down to the beautiful village of Mergoscia, in Valle Verzasca (more than 1'100 meters of altitude gap). Going down the sunny side of Valle di Mergoscia, pass by Alpe di Bietri (known for its fresh cheeses) as well as a few small clusters of stone houses. The last stretch is mostly wooded until you reach the village of Mergoscia, nestled above Lake Vogorno and known for its beautiful church of the Saints Gottardo e Carpoforo.

From Mergoscia you can take the bus back to Locarno.


  • Hiking/running boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute: https://www.montagnepulite.ch/en/golden-rules

Alternative routes