18.6 miles
4,650 ft
-4,631 ft
4,902 ft
High Point

An adventurous circuit route in the surroundings of Cardada and Val Resa that starts and finishes in Locarno and presents for most parts a breath-taking view over the Lake Maggiore and the surrounding region.

The tour starts at the SBB train station in Locarno-Muralto and the first part leads up to Monte Brè along a pleasant ascent on an asphalted road and is followed by a somewhat steeper path with a spectacular view into the Centovalli. Approximately 3 km after the village Brè, the first part of the singletrack begins, at first slightly ascending then flat and flowing until the track leads to a final climb up to the Alpe Cardada.

The singletrack to Val Resa is fast and leads along technically challenging serpentine twisty trails. After leaving the dense forest the road proceeds along a beautiful route with panoramic views of Lake Maggiore and the town, back to the starting point. The Cardada-Val Resa route is a medium difficulty route. There are passages of varying difficulty. There are both sections with varying degrees of difficulty as well as easy and flowing sections.

As an alternative one can reach Orselina by funicular from Locarno and then Cardada by cable car in just 5 minutes, leaving from Orselina (395 m.a.s.l.). This variation is recommended to all those who want to avoid the first climb of the tour and prefer to tackle only the route to Val Resa.

Detailed Description
Cardada Bike #397 is a 19 mile popular intermediate route located near Locarno. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 4,650 ft with a max elevation of 4,902 ft then descends -4,631 ft.
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Trails in Route

Creste1 mile
Cardada Trail3 miles

Route POI

Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-offLocarno TrainstationShuttle Pick-up/Drop-off
ViewpointLo Stallone 1496 mViewpoint


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More Stats for Cardada Bike #397 mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    689 ft
  • Altitude start
    689 ft
  • Altitude end
    709 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,365 ft


  1. Walk northeast on Via Stazione.
  2. Continue for 60 meters.
  3. Keep left to stay on Via Stazione.
  4. Continue for 80 meters.
  5. Turn left to stay on Via Stazione.
  6. Continue for 20 meters.
  7. Turn left onto Via Sempione.
  8. Continue for 700 meters.
  9. Walk southwest on Via ai Monti.
  10. Continue for 40 meters.
  11. Walk northeast on Via ai Monti.
  12. Continue for 300 meters.
  13. Keep left to stay on Via ai Monti.
  14. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  15. Make a sharp left onto Via del Tiglio.
  16. Continue for 600 meters.
  17. Turn right onto Via Tre Tetti.
  18. Continue for 400 meters.
  19. Make a sharp left onto Via Monte Brè.
  20. Continue for 100 meters.
  21. Walk east on Via Monte Bré.
  22. Continue for 300 meters.
  23. Walk north on Via Centrale.
  24. Continue for 90 meters.
  25. Make a right U-turn to stay on Via Centrale.
  26. Continue for 500 meters.
  27. Turn right onto Via Miranda.
  28. Continue for 700 meters.
  29. Walk northeast on Creste.
  30. Continue for 50 meters.
  31. Walk southwest on Creste.
  32. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  33. Keep left to stay on Creste.
  34. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  35. Make a sharp right onto Cardada Trail.
  36. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  37. Turn left to stay on Cardada Trail.
  38. Continue for 3 kilometers.
  39. Walk northeast on Via Val Resa.
  40. Continue for 20 meters.
  41. Walk north on Back to the Roots.
  42. Continue for less than 10 meters.
  43. Walk southwest on Via Val Resa.
  44. Continue for 900 meters.
  45. Bear right onto Via Contra.
  46. Continue for 600 meters.
  47. Keep left to stay on Via Contra.
  48. Continue for 100 meters.
  49. Bear right onto Via Orselina.
  50. Continue for 200 meters.
  51. Keep right to stay on Via Orselina.
  52. Continue for 800 meters.
  53. Bear left onto Via Brione.
  54. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  55. Make a sharp left onto Via Consiglio Mezzano.
  56. Continue for 500 meters.
  57. Keep right to stay on Via Consiglio Mezzano.
  58. Continue for 300 meters.
  59. Turn right onto Via Orselina.
  60. Continue for 700 meters.
  61. Bear right onto Via del Sole.
  62. Continue for 200 meters.
  63. Keep right to stay on Via del Sole.
  64. Continue for 100 meters.
  65. Keep left to stay on Via del Sole.
  66. Continue for 300 meters.
  67. Turn left onto Via Gian Battista Pioda.
  68. Continue for 200 meters.
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Cardada Trail
Oct 16, 2023 @ 12:46am
Oct 16, 2023
The work with the excavator is finished. Trail very dry and in sandy sections slippery. Otherwise a nice long flowtrail.
Oct 16, 2023 @ 12:46am
Oct 16, 2023
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