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Snowshoeing

556 - Passo San Bernardino / San Bernardino Pass

Snowshoeing · Mesocco · closed
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  • San Bernardino - Furestin
    / San Bernardino - Furestin
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / S.Bernardino
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / San Bernardino - Moesa
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
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Following a charming up and down path, this trail leads through glacier-formed mounds to the San Bernardino pass. It is the most extensive landscape of this type throughout Switzerland and thus of national importance.
closed
moderate
11 km
4:21 h
510 m
510 m

The snowshoe trail starts in the village center, passing the mineral water source to the north. The healing powers of this water have been known since Roman times. With the mountain pass road built in 1823, the mineral water source once again regained importance. Attracting well-to-do guests from northern Italy, San Bernardino became a noble resort, but the World Wars put an end to the spa tourism period. Today, guests travel to Misox because of its unique natural landscape.

From Via Gareida Sot, the route runs beneath Gareida Sora towards the old pass road, then shadowing and crossing it several times before reaching Lago Moesola. This lake lies at the lowest point of the pass, in a hollow between Piz Moesola and Piz Uccello. The 2724 meter high pyramid is considered the landmark of San Bernardino. The ascent to the San Bernardino Pass leads through a varied, hilly landscape, typical of the region and of national importance. In fact, this high-moorland laying beneath the snow cover is one of the most extensive of its type in Switzerland; in the summer , countless tiny lakes are located between the mounds shaped by glacier movement.

San Bernardino Pass is not far away. Its name goes back to Saint Bernard of Siena. In prior times, the pass was called Mons Avium, Latin for Bird Mountain, or Piz Uccello. This name was later transferred to the adjacent mountain itself. The return trip follows the river Moesa to Gareida Sot, where you take the same path back as for the ascent.

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Christian Vigne
Updated: May 28, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2124 m
Lowest point
1609 m
Best time of year
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Start

San Bernardino Dorf (1609 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.462517, 9.190782
DMS
46°27'45.1"N 9°11'26.8"E
UTM
32T 514649 5145456
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Destination

San Bernardino Dorf

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus von Bellinzona oder von Thusis

Getting there

Autobahn von Bellinzona Richtung S.Bernardino

Parking

Parkplatz in S.Benrardino Dorf entlang der Moesa - gebührenfrei

Coordinates

DD
46.462517, 9.190782
DMS
46°27'45.1"N 9°11'26.8"E
UTM
32T 514649 5145456
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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11 km
Duration
4:21h
Ascent
510 m
Descent
510 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Faunistic highlights Insider tip
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Morning
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