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Bovarina Bike

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From the valley floor to Alpine huts. From Olivone, the path follows ancient historical routes through beautiful larch woods to Capanna Bovarina at 1,870 metres above sea level.

moderate
Distance 24.9 km
6:24 h
1,262 m
1,262 m
1,979 m
892 m

The excursion begins in Olivone at 890 metres above sea level, and continues towards Campo Blenio along the old Sosto dirt road, which is part of the historic Swiss transportation network.

After reaching Campo Blenio you continue on the easier asphalted road that ascends Campo valley. After the hamlet of Orsàira you pass through stunning larch wood pastures, which have recently been enhanced by the local municipality. Aside from adding to the beauty of the landscape, the presence of so many impressively monumental ancient larch is also significant from an environmental and biodiversity point of view.

Almost at the edge of the woods is Alpe Predasca at 1,742 metres above sea level. In summer hundreds of cows graze here. Continuing along a dirt road you reach the Capanna Bovarina hut, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Luzzone landscape and mountain chain overlooking the Greina high plateau on the north-eastern border of the Canton of Ticino with the Canton of Graubünden.

Now the fun really starts - with a descent on a single trail of average difficulty. From the hut, the route winds through pastures and woods on a path made especially for mountain bikes, rewarding the effort of the climb with an enthralling, smooth, whirlwind descent to Orsàira. You return to Pianchera on an easy asphalt road which brings you back to Campo Blenio and then to Olivone along the old Sosto road.

Author’s recommendation

For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts: Bovarina Bike no. 388

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Update: September 06, 2022
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,979 m
Lowest point
892 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Capanna Bovarina (Bike friendly)
Pineta Saracino (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Casa Greina (Bike friendly)
Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly)
Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly)
Centro Pro Natura Lucomagno (Bike friendly)
Capanna Gorda (Bike friendly)
Campa Alpine Lodge & SPA (Bike friendly)

Safety information

 

  • Wear protective gear.
  • Assess your capability accurately.
  • Give hikers right of way.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Close fence gates.

 

 

 An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted.

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Start

Olivone (891 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'714'883E 1'154'215N
DD
46.529369, 8.936088
DMS
46°31'45.7"N 8°56'09.9"E
UTM
32T 495098 5152868
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Destination

Olivone

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The excursion begins in Olivone at 890 metres above sea level, and continues towards Campo Blenio along the old Sosto dirt road, which is part of the historic Swiss transportation network.

After reaching Campo Blenio you continue on the easier asphalted road that ascends Campo valley. After the hamlet of Orsàira you pass through stunning larch wood pastures, which have recently been enhanced by the local municipality. Aside from adding to the beauty of the landscape, the presence of so many impressively monumental ancient larch is also significant from an environmental and biodiversity point of view.

 

Almost at the edge of the woods is Alpe Predasca at 1,742 metres above sea level. In summer hundreds of cows graze here. Continuing along a dirt road you reach the Capanna Bovarina hut, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Luzzone landscape and mountain chain overlooking the Greina high plateau on the north-eastern border of the Canton of Ticino with the Canton of Graubünden.

 

Now the fun really starts - with a descent on a single trail of average difficulty. From the hut, the route winds through pastures and woods on a path made especially for mountain bikes, rewarding the effort of the climb with an enthralling, smooth, whirlwind descent to Orsàira. You return to Pianchera on an easy asphalt road which brings you back to Campo Blenio and then to Olivone along the old Sosto road.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'714'883E 1'154'215N
DD
46.529369, 8.936088
DMS
46°31'45.7"N 8°56'09.9"E
UTM
32T 495098 5152868
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
24.9 km
Duration
6:24 h
Ascent
1,262 m
Descent
1,262 m
Highest point
1,979 m
Lowest point
892 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Circular route Singletrail/Free ride

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