Alpi Bedretto #390
ElevationAscent: 1,540' 469 m
Descent: -3,342' -1,019 m
High: 6,253' 1,906 m
Low: 3,865' 1,178 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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Gotthardpass Section II
29.8 mi 47.9 km • Point to Point • 4,459 ft Ascent 1358.99 m Ascent
Singletrack Airolo, CH( 1 )
Gotthardpass Section I
21.2 mi 34.1 km • Point to Point • 3,133 ft Ascent 954.91 m Ascent
Singletrack Andermatt, CH( 1 )
Gotthardpass Section III
15.3 mi 24.6 km • Point to Point • 321 ft Ascent 97.79 m Ascent
Singletrack Acquarossa, CH( 1 )
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“A lift takes you to high alpine forest road and singletrack through summer grazing land.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The trail is well marked with the standard Swiss red/yellow MTB trail markers as #390.
After a short initial climb, the trail descends for the first 5 km. (3 mi.), passing by and through several farms and pastures filled with happy cows. If you see anything that looks like a large mud pit near the farms, don't ride through it - it isn't mud!
At this point, the trail becomes a singletrack and you begin a roughly 300 m. (1000-ft.) climb. So much for the "easy" part! This part of the trail is the most beautiful though passing some forested areas as well as a pristine creek with 2,500+ m. (8,200-ft.) peaks just to the south.
Around the 10 km. (6.2-mi.) mark, you'll reach the second and more pristine of the two creeks and this signals the start of the long, almost continuous 700 m. (2,300-ft.) descent. Unfortunately, the singletrack ends shortly after this at another farm. The steepest part of the descent (roughly 10% grade for 3 km., 2 mi.) begins here along a gravel road, taking you to the main highway (413) through the valley.
Cross the highway, and then follow local roads back to Airolo and the lift base. The local roads run along the Ticino River.
Just near the top of the lift, there is a great view across the valley at the famous Passo San Gottardo (Gottard Pass). The pass marks the boundary between the Italian speaking region of Ticino of Switzerland and the German speaking region to the north. There's a modern tunnel under the pass, and if you try to transit it on a busy summer weekend, you might get stuck in traffic several hours.
The Gotthardpass MTB route running over the pass and along the mountains on the other side of the valley is highly recommended.
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