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The Lodano Valley, with its ancient beech woods, is home to a rich flora and fauna and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The red-and-white waymarked path starts by entering the woods at Lodano and climbing up to Castello, a large clearing with a stream and numerous rustici – just the spot place for a break.
The long route to Alp da Canaa is always uphill and crosses the heart of the beech wood where you can admire centuries-old trees; once you arrive, you have a view can over the entire lower Vallemaggia. The Alp da Canaa Hut, restored in 2005, is open from about mid-May to the end of October. Those who wish to do the hike in 2 days can stay there by reservation.
The descent in the direction of Solàda first leads to Alp di Pii, where you will find a small a small biotope. From the panoramic viewpoint just above, you can enjoy a boundless view of the valley to the north and south. Then you continue to descend through the woods until you reach the road, crossing the vineyards to return to Lodano.
Day 1: Lodano - Castèll - Alp da Canaa, 6.5 km, 4h 30 min.
Day 2: Alp da Canaa - Alp di Pii - Solada - Lodano, 8 km, 3h 10 min.
Rest stopsMountain hut Alp da Canaa
Tips and hints
Public-transport-friendlyFrom Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at the bus stop Lodano. Return from Lodano: take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:
Book recommendations for this region:
- Trekking backpack (approx. 50 liters) with rain cover
- Comfortable and sturdy footwear, second pair of shoes / sandals if necessary
- Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
- Change of clothes
- Telescope sticks
- Sun and rain protection
- Snacks and drinking water
- First aid kit
- Mobile phone
- Travel documents
- Toilet bag and travel towel, travel detergent and clothesline, camping equipment if necessary (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking equipment), hut equipment if necessary
- 2 Stages
A walk in the mountains amongst a wealth of flora and fauna.
A walk in the mountains through the Valle di Lodano forest reserve with panoramic views of the Vallemaggia.
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