18.9 miles
Distance
5,046 ft
Climb
-5,040 ft
Descent
4,898 ft
High Point

Adventurous circuit route in the surroundings of Cardada and Val Resa with start and finish in Locarno.

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 Loop is a 19 mile moderately 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 climbs 5,046 ft with a max elevation of 4,898 ft then descends -5,040 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Cardada Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    688 ft
  • Altitude start
    688 ft
  • Altitude end
    692 ft
  • Grade max
    -152%
  • Grade min
    134.8%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,595 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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