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Mountain Bike – Lugano (Monte Brè) – Ponte Tresa

Lugano Bike – Nr. 66

One of the most attractive trails in the Ticino winds its way as a high trail around the Val Colla above Lugano and leads through the imposing Monte Tamaro to the hilly forest of Malcantone. A fantastic tour with spectacular panoramic views.

4 stages

The individual sections offer wide diversity. As an example, along the stretch between the Monte Bre and Rivera and in Malcantone. The entire tour is characterized by varied and interesting countryside with fairy-tale forests and lush Alpine meadows. The first part of the ridge between the Pairolo and Gola di Lago, a biking classic, is spectacularly scenic and lined with three cosy huts. In contrast however, the Malcantone lies on a valley slope at the foot of the mountain, with lush forests and picturesque villages bearing witness to past activities and monuments of historical and artistic importance.

The first half of the tour is marked by an impressive panorama, green Alpine meadows and babbling streams. The second leads through an enchanting natural oasis. Forests of birch, chestnut and oak, both local and introduced species of trees, alternate along the entire route.

The route leads through the area of the region's most famous mountains: the Monté Brè, Monte Bar and Monte Tamaro. However, it is best to take the aerial gondola up the Monte Lema. From the four peaks you are treated to impressive views of the city of Lugano and its large lake, the imposing backdrop of the Bernese and Valais Alps, Lago Maggiore and neighbouring Italy. A perfect panorama route dotted with regional discoveries.

Flowing single trails on natural surfaces alternate with links on asphalt roads.
A tour combining nature, panoramic views, history and culture. The route uses the development potential of the regional bike network. Only a few of Switzerland's bike routes can offer such variety.

Information for e-MTB: link to the map containing the positions of the charging stations along the route!
With indicative times adapted to the electric MTB.

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120 km

Length of which unsurfaced

39.2 km (39.2 of 120)

Length of which Singletrail

38.3 km (38.3 of 39.2)

Height difference

Lugano (Monte Brè)–Ponte Tresa: 4209 m
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4 tappe / Etappen / étapes / stages: 16 h



  1. Related Excursions
  2. Notes

    Arrival Lugano (Monte Brè)

    The Monte Brè funicular rail transports mountain bikes only from the mid Ruvigliana station to Monte Brè. The distance from the Lugano station to the Ruvigliana stop is approx. 3.5 km and a 100-meter climb in altitude.


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  3. How to arrive

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  4. Signalization

    This route is only signposted in one direction: Lugano (Monte Brè) – Ponte Tresa

    Ml 066 00 Ti 140Px

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