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.
From Loco (670 m), where a brief look around the small village centre is recommended to view the typical Ticino houses, the route heads north. Without gaining much height, you remain in dense forest until you reach the clearing of the valley floor and a small group of houses at the foot of the Garina Pass.
From Mulegn the route descends gently to Auressio, where the steep ascent to Cortone (1000 m) begins: once there you have views over much of the Onsernone valley, which is still very wild.
The last climb over the west ridge is an easy one up the Pizzo Salmone (1553 m). Once at the top, you are high above Lake Maggiore.
Public transport friendly
From Locarno railway station: bus 324 towards Spruga. Alight at Loco Paese.
Return from Loco Paese: bus 324 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station.
- Hiking/running boots
- Sun cap
- 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