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Monte Tamaro

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Ride North along Via San Gottardo in the Veddegio river valley. Several options are available, but eventually you'll find the cycle track which is marked with red arrow-shaped signs. This runs up the river valley, mainly on fire roads. After about 15 kilometers, you'll reach the ski-lift for Monte Tamaro. You can either climb the fire trails to the top of the ski lift, or take the lift itself which gains 1000m vertical and costs about Sfr18 ($10). At the top lift station, climb the gravel fire road opposite the station towards the radio antenna. This is a very steep (but rideable) fire road which is about 3 kilometers long. At the radio antenna, keep going along the marked hiking/biking trail (you'll still see the red cycle signs now and then). It is best to walk the next 2 kilometers, as the track is very narrow, rough and there any wipeout would be fatal! After walking past two mountain huts, you traverse across and around a summit, along a sheer cliff face until you reach a split in the path (about 28kilometers from the start, or 2 kilometers from the radio antenna). Take a left, following the signs to Arosio (yellow walking sign). The path is a dangerous switchback: I walked the first few turns. After that, it levels out into a rock, bumpy ride along the hillside, dropping about 1000m over 20 kilometers back towards Lugano. Keep following the signs to Arosio, riding single track through rocky terrain and then woods with wicked roots. After about two kilometers, branch right going uphill very briefly. Keep going straight until you reach an iron gate: turn left following Arosio (after 200m, try an alternative route by ignoring the bike signs: this is a wild and almost unrideable trail for you crazy kids!). You'll join a fire trail, follw this and the bike signs to Bosco Lagasnese. From here, I rode the road down, but there must be a single track route down! The downhill portion is an amazing ride: technical but not too difficult. It starts in wild open mountainside with amazing views, then runs forever through the forest. Lower that seat, soften your suspension, and have fun!
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Latitude
46.121440227162516
Longitude
8.894119262695312
Trail Directions
Start anywhere in the Lugano area: the trail is marked with red cycling signs and starts by running up the Vedeggio river valley (East of Lugano).
Trail Length
50 kilometers
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 24, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: FrankBioggio ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
See above

Recommended Route:
Once you reach Arosio, there are several challenging variants, mostly on single trails: - Try the technical path down to Bedano for a quite steep ride! - Go to Bosco Luganese on the single trail, once you reach the fountain turn left and follow the fire trail ("Vita Parcours") till you find yellow signs pointing to Manno. Turn left. - Go to Bosco Luganese as in the previous variant, but this time complete the "Vita Parcours" (you will get to some houses). From there go down the car road for about 1 km. On the right side there will be two single trails to Bioggio (the one on the left requires a bit more technical skills). - Go to Cademario following the yellow signs. There will be plenty of single trails, just take one, they are all great! Once in Cademario, either follow the direction "Santa Maria di Iseo" and then "Cimo" or go directly down to "Cimo" or even better "Gaggio". In all cases, you will get to some villages which are well connected to the "Piano di Vedeggio" and the fire trail back to the Monte Tamaro cableway. As a general help, consult "www.swissgeo.ch", you will find very detailed maps. Have fun!



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Review Date
December 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Alex Adrenalina , from Milan-Italy

Summary:
see above

Recommended Route:
see above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I strongly recommend this track; stay on the saddle all the time, you will be satisfied about yourself! Grat uphill and fast downhill, one of the best.



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Review Date
August 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mauro , from Sementina, Switzerland

Summary:
Some sections needs great skills, be careful it could be dangerous. Overall very funny and tough!

Recommended Route:
As above util Arosio, then is possible to follow a single trek trough, Mugena, Caroggio, and Novaggio following the signs "sentiero delle meraviglie".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Bar, Cademario area.



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Review Date
August 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Gavin , from Heidelberg, Switzerland

Summary:
A great downhill ride with stunning views. I#ll give this a four as the end was on roads: find a single track the whole way down and this is forth a five!

Recommended Route:
As above



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