Imagine Lugano and its valleys as an amphitheatre: Monte Bar would be the most exclusive seat in the house. From Lugano, with your back towards the lake and valleys, you can see Monte Bar (1816m).
We suggest the route starting from Bogno, at the top of Val Colla, which climbs through woods and off-road tracks up to Alpe Cottino, well known because of its Scottish Highland cattle. After enjoying a little break, continue on to Capanna San Lucio, located at the foot of Mount Gazzirola, from where you can enjoy magnificent views beyond the Val Colla horizon and over Val Cavargna. This is the chance to sample the highly regarded local produce, quench your thirst and relax.
The route, which is exposed to the sun throughout, carries on towards Alpe Pietrarossa, for another stop or perhaps to buy a little of the delicious local cheese. Once reinvigorated, carry on, crossing Piandanazzo, to Capanna Monte Bar: the mountain hut is located within the stunning setting of the commanding North-East pre-alpine chain which, from Monte Bre, extends to Monte Boglia, Denti della Vecchia, Paiolo, Passo del San Lucio until Monte Gazzirola. South there's Lake Ceresio and the entire city of Lugano in all its majesty. Westwards, you can admire Monte Rosa and, when the air is clear, the Bernese Alps range. The excursion ends downwards, crossing Alpe Musgatina, towards Corticiasca. From here, we recommend returning by public transport.
Bogno - Corticiasca: 934 m
Corticiasca - Bogno: 883 m
Bogno - Corticiasca: 5 h 25'