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«Walkingtested» path especially selected for the practice of walking and Nordic walking (for reviews and comments see «Information»)

The start is about 200 meters from where the aerial cable car arrives in Cardada in the direction of Cimetta. At the chairlift departure take the trail on the right and pass by the fountain. After about 300 meters, step onto the impressive terrace where you can admire the panorama that sweeps from the Bolle di Magadino nature reserve to the Tamaro and Gambarogno mountain tops, to the Brissago Islands, and to the Gridone (or Ghiridone) peak. The route then unfolds in a lush forest where you can spot deer in the early morning and evening. At the junction, take the trail to the left and climb through abandoned meadows, overgrown with fern and small birch groves, until you reach the fork in the road that leads to Alpe Cardada. Here, take the path to the left and shortly thereafter reach the Alpe Cardada alpine hut. From here take the dirt road downhill. At the beginning of summer, along this stretch you can admire the bright yellow of the gorse in bloom against the purple of the wild thyme. Many butterflies flutter among the mountain flowers. After passing a ski-lift, turn left to reach your starting point.


  • ALTITUDE 1,451 mslm
  • DISTANCE 4.1 km
  • Time required 1 h
  • REGION Locarno e dintorni h
  • DEPARTURE Cardada, 200 m from cable car station
  • POINTS OF INTEREST Cardada - Chiodo - Cardada
  • INDICATIONS Type: Trail
    Comments: -
    Nordic Walking: No tips
    Provisions: 2 fountains along the way
    Access: Parking at the funicular (Locarno) and aerial cable car (Orselina) departure stations
  • TRACK Nordic Walking