“Follow the "Street of the Alps" high above the Ticino Valley through beautiful pastures and pristine mountain creeks.”
— Lost Justpastnowhere
This trail begins at Pesciüm, accessible from the Airolo lift (middle station). From the station, there is a beautiful view across the valley towards the Passo San Gottardo.
The trail starts as a doubletrack and gravel forest road. 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. (1,000-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.
The Alpi Bedretto (390) featured ride has more details on the lift as well as an easier return route through the valley.