Winter hiking recommended route

301 - Pian Cales

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  • Pian Cales
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    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano
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A beautiful hike with views over the resort of San Bernardino and the surrounding mountains. Our constant companion on our journey over an idyllic alpine pasture and the ski slopes of Pian Cales: the Piz Uccello, the landmark of San Bernardino.
moderate
Distance 6.4 km
1:55 h
195 m
196 m
San Bernardino lies at the foot of the pass of the same name. The small holiday resort experienced its first boom in tourism at the onset of the 19th century. Italy's aristocracy came to San Bernardino because of the therapeutic powers of its mineral water. The spa period ended with the onset of the World Wars. In the center of San Bernardino there are still some old palazzi (mansions) recalling past glory. Today, guests come to the Misox region because of unspoiled nature as well as for its unique mountain landscape.From the village, after the residential area of Conchetta, we choose the trail which runs parallel to the cross-country ski track. Gently ascending, we walk on comfortably snow beaten paths through the forest till Alp de Pian Doss enjoying impressive views on the village, the unique landscape of the pass and its mountain peaks. The distinctive pyramid of Piz Uccello (Bird Mountain), landmark of San Bernardino, is our companion for the way. Incidentally, the San Bernardino Pass used to be called Mons Avium, Latin for Bird Mountain Pass.After the alpine pasture, the path turns to the left. The ski resort of Pian Cales is reached by hiking up an extended side valley. Carefully traversing the cross-country ski track, we return downhill to the village. Back in San Bernardino we can enjoy a hot chocolate or revitalize with a fine slice of cake.
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Christian Vigne
Update: March 06, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,796 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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Start

Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'734'589E 1'147'161N
DD
46.462258, 9.190813
DMS
46°27'44.1"N 9°11'26.9"E
UTM
32T 514651 5145427
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'734'589E 1'147'161N
DD
46.462258, 9.190813
DMS
46°27'44.1"N 9°11'26.9"E
UTM
32T 514651 5145427
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Ximena Correa · March 09, 2021 · Community
sentiero invernale a piedi, giro San Bernardino - Suossa. Grazie
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Un percorso invernale passante per Suossa è il percorso Furestin (https://regio.outdooractive.com/oar-san-bernardino/it/tour/sentiero-invernale/furestin-itinerario-invernale-1-/21358573/). Questo percorso si può combinare con gli altri sentieri invernali che passano dal Lago Doss per ottenere un'escursione che raggiunge Suossa dal centro del paese.
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Rating

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Omar De Vecchi
December 19, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? December 08, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.4 km
Duration
1:55 h
Ascent
195 m
Descent
196 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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