Alpe di Trecciura

In the last few years, Monte Tamaro has become a mass tourism destination, but if you leave the main tracks you suddenly enter an archaic world, where everything is dominated by the forces of the nature, and the lonely farms are islands lost into the ocean of woods.

Route

Vira - Alpe di Trecciura - Monti di Vira - Magadino - Vira

Data sheet

Region: Gambarogno
Altitude: 1160 m
Ascent: 988 m
Length: 17.8 km
Time: 2.5 - 5 hours
Unrideable time: 10 - 20 minutes
Season: April - November
Skills: 3
Strength: 3
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Trecciura

Date: 15 June 2005

Trecciura

Date: 7 July 2006

Trecciura

Date: 12 September 2007

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A due ruote dal cielo

The details of this track are described in the book!

Description

The ascent to Alpe di Trecciura begins in Vira, following the paved road that climbs towards Alpe di Neggia. The road is relatively steep up to Monti di Fosano, where an easier section will allow you to breath. At 980 m above sea level (at the 3rd hairpin turn) you'll have to leave the paved road to follow the single-track that leads to Alpe di Trecciura (follow the yellow hiking signs). The path is only partly rideable and there are some dangerous sections on the edge of a gorge where you should walk. After crossing a few creeks you'll start climbing again, and the path will become more and more rideable up to Alpe di Trecciura.

single-track to Alpe di Trecciura

Here begins the smooth descent to Monti di Vira. After the first technical section you'll enter the woods, where you have to pay attention to the gorge again. Then the trail will become fast and flowy, and the moderate slope will allow you to proceed without pedaling nor breaking.

Alpe di Trecciura

After a more technical part you'll get to another flowy section, but the trail follows the edge of a stone wall, so you'll have to pay attention again. A gate finally tells you that you have reached the very scenic Monti di Vira, where the single-track gently winds between the cabins and the trees.

Monti di Vira

Below Monti di Vira the trail plounges into the thick wood. At the first bifurcation you have to head left, following the sign that reads Piodascia. The single-track becomes less smooth, but it offers some interesting technical sections. This route will lead you to a paved road, but after riding down a couple of hairpin turns look for "sentiero Molina", a nice path that will take you down through the meadows until you reach Magadino.

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