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Gottardo Bike - Stage 2: Airolo - Olivone

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Impressive pass from Valle Leventina into Val Blenio. The lovely Piora plain with its mountain lakes nestles in a rugged landscape, the descent to Olivone is marked by larch woods, lush green plains and dense pine forests.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
difficult
Distance 40.3 km
7:40 h
1,361 m
1,611 m
2,376 m
892 m

An impressive conquest of the main chain of the Alps from Andermatt to Biasca in the Ticino. The Gottardo-Bike route holds the world-famous Gotthardpass, the lonely Piora high plain and the sunny Val Blenio.

The Gottardo-Bike route combines impressive, high-Alpine landscapes with a detailed lesson in Swiss history. The Gotthardpass has for centuries been one of the most important north-south links and also achieved military significance in World War II. The area is laced with subterranean bunkers, planned to offer refuge in an emergency. Extensive stretches of the route were originally military access roads.

The contrast to the Piora plain further south could not be greater. Here the focus is on nature. The peaceful plain with its two mountain lakes nestles in a rugged high-Alpine landscape. The Lago di Cadagno is actually world-famous among scientists, because there is no seasonal mixing of surface water, unique in Europe.

The descent into Val Blenio mainly follows the old route of the Lukmanier road. In medieval times the Passo del Lucomagno was the most important north-south link until the development of the Gotthard region. Largely unknown, it is one of the most scenic Alpine passes in Switzerland. The route to Olivone leads through open larch groves, over lush green plains, through dense pine forests and counts as one of the most beautiful tours in north Ticino.
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Author’s recommendation

For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts: Gottardo Bike no. 65

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Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino Turismo
Update: September 06, 2022
Difficulty
S2 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,376 m
Lowest point
892 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Hotel des Alpes (Bike friendly)
Hotel Forni (Bike friendly)
Snack-Bar Airò (Bike friendly)
Bed & Bike Tremola San Gottardo (Bike friendly)
Albergo San Gottardo (Bike friendly)
Chalet Ravina (Bike friendly)
Caseificio dimostrativo del Gottardo (Bike friendly)
B&B Gottardo (Bike friendly)
Agriturismo Altanca (Bike friendly)
Rifugio lago Ritom (Bike friendly)
Ostello Cappuccini Faido (Bike friendly)
Osteria Belvedere (Bike friendly)
Centro Pro Natura Lucomagno (Bike friendly)
Campa Alpine Lodge & SPA (Bike friendly)
Capanna Gorda (Bike friendly)
Capanna Bovarina (Bike friendly)
Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly)
Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly)
Pineta Saracino (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Casa Greina (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.

Start

Airolo (1,141 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'689'786E 1'153'597N
DD
46.527649, 8.608889
DMS
46°31'39.5"N 8°36'32.0"E
UTM
32T 470004 5152750
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Destination

Olivone

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An impressive conquest of the main chain of the Alps from Andermatt to Biasca in the Ticino. The Gottardo-Bike route holds the world-famous Gotthardpass, the lonely Piora high plain and the sunny Val Blenio.

The Gottardo-Bike route combines impressive, high-Alpine landscapes with a detailed lesson in Swiss history. The Gotthardpass has for centuries been one of the most important north-south links and also achieved military significance in World War II. The area is laced with subterranean bunkers, planned to offer refuge in an emergency. Extensive stretches of the route were originally military access roads.

The contrast to the Piora plain further south could not be greater. Here the focus is on nature. The peaceful plain with its two mountain lakes nestles in a rugged high-Alpine landscape. The Lago di Cadagno is actually world-famous among scientists, because there is no seasonal mixing of surface water, unique in Europe.

The descent into Val Blenio mainly follows the old route of the Lukmanier road. In medieval times the Passo del Lucomagno was the most important north-south link until the development of the Gotthard region. Largely unknown, it is one of the most scenic Alpine passes in Switzerland. The route to Olivone leads through open larch groves, over lush green plains, through dense pine forests and counts as one of the most beautiful tours in north Ticino.
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'689'786E 1'153'597N
DD
46.527649, 8.608889
DMS
46°31'39.5"N 8°36'32.0"E
UTM
32T 470004 5152750
w3w 
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Status
closed
Difficulty
S2 difficult
Distance
40.3 km
Duration
7:40 h
Ascent
1,361 m
Descent
1,611 m
Highest point
2,376 m
Lowest point
892 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Singletrail/Free ride

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