Pizzo d'Orgnana

Pizzo d'Orgnana is an elegant mountain decorated with stone houses and pastures, inaccessible pile of stones and sweet chestnut woods. This world has been abandoned by the man, and the nature is slowly reconquering its former properties.

Route

Gordevio - Locarno - Lavertezzo - Bocchetta di Orgnana - Pizzo d'Orgnana - Gordevio

Data sheet

Region: Vallemaggia - Val Verzasca
Altitude: 2217 m
Ascent: 2017 m
Length: 42 km
Time: 7 hours
Unrideable time: 4 hours
Season: June - October
Skills: ND
Strength: ND
GPS Data: -
Map: -

Journal

My ascent to Pizzo d'Orgnana begins by the famous footbridge of Lavertezzo. I cross the bridge and follow the river upwards for 1.5 kilometers. The tough part of the climb starts where a sign indicates the pathway to Bocchetta d'Orgnana. The trail is very steep right away, and I have to walk the whole way. Along the ascent there are some nice views over Brione and the geometrical rocks of Poncione d'Alnasca, on the other side of the valley.

Lavertezzo and Poncione d'Anasca

In Orgnana a few collapsing stone houses and the trees that are taking over the ancient pastures welcome me. The trail is less steep, but it's only partly rideable because it is very rugged. The it starts to climb again. The pass seems to be close, but before reaching it I get to a lake that lies in basin shielded from the winds and kissed by the sun, unlike the rest of the ascent.

Bocchetta di Orgnana

From there on it just takes a few minutes to reach the pass. The sun welcomes me, and the views over the descent towards Alpe Pizzit is exciting (but later on I will find out that it's not much rideable).

Pizzo d'Orgnana

Before getting into the descent I decide to climb the peak to enjoy the view. The summit is flat, and allows me to ride for a couple of meters...

Alpe Pizzit

I get into the descent towards Gordevio, but I can ride just for short sections. In Mergozzo the situation gets better, and I start enjoying the trail. In Ör I take the bifurcation towards Archeggio and I finally reach the dirt road that takes me back to Gordevio.

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