The route from Bignasco (pop: 300) to the source of the Maggia is exhausting; the views, however, are spectacular. The road leads through a dense forest of evergreens and past Lake Sambuco until it reaches Lake Narèt at alt. 2,310 m.
The ascent to the destination starts in Bignasco, a pretty little village in Canton Ticino. Just a few kilometres after a pleasant enough start, thankless hairpins call for greater exertion.
Yet after Fusio, a picturesque hamlet at alt. 1289 metres, the view provides some compensation for all that effort: the narrow road here meanders through a dense forest and over timber bridges. Not long after, deep-green Lake Sambuco lies at your feet, surrounded by evergreens and precipitous slate slopes vanishing into the sparkling waters of the reservoir.
If your goal is Lake Narèt, make sure you stock up here on energy as well as motivation: the leg to the top is a further 13 kilometres, the last 4.5 of which are a punishing 11.5 percent in terms of gradient.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.
This itinerary is open to traffic, please respect the road safety rules.
Guided excursions: for further information contact Damaceleste.com di Valentina Tanzi, guide with certificate "Swiss Cycling Road Guide".