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556 - Passo San Bernardino / San Bernardino Pass

Snowshoeing · Graubuenden · open
  • San Bernardino - Furestin
    / San Bernardino - Furestin
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • S.Bernardino
    / S.Bernardino
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • San Bernardino - Moesa
    / San Bernardino - Moesa
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
Map / 556 - Passo San Bernardino / San Bernardino Pass
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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.

open
moderate
10.4 km
3:29 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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Author
Christian Vigne
Updated: 2018-12-05

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2124 m
1608 m
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Start

San Bernardino Dorf (1608 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.462301, 9.190743
UTM
32T 514646 5145432

Destination

San Bernardino Dorf

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
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
3:29 h
Ascent
510 m
Descent
510 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Faunistic highlights Insider tip

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