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Having crossed the rural communities in the municipality of Fondovalle we start going down along the valley up until we can see the river from where a nice mule path with hairpin bends goes up steeply up to the Stivello Alp.

From here we follow the scattered track marks until we come up to some small pastures among the large winter snow areas and keeping on the left of the shore we carry on till we get to the fork in the road towards the Upper Lake.

We cross the river and start a long and steep way up which takes us to a conspicuous small neck, namely, the Leaf Mountain Pass, from which one can discern the imposing great valley that descends to the Leaf Alp and Foppiano.

From the small neck which goes slightly downwards we follow along the mountainside and thus via a brief but steep way back up we reach Guriner Furggu.

From here onwards we can take glances at the great pastures of the Gurin Woods.

From the Leaf Mountain Pass a steep descent takes us down to the Grossalp Hut and following the path which cuts across the mountain pasture road we reach in a brief amount of time the small village of the Gurin Woods.

Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 09:37:17

Itinerary informations

Starting Point

Fondovalle (1219 m)


Fondovalle – Stivello Alp –Leaf Small Mouth (Bocchetta della Foglia) – Guriner Furggu – Grossalp – Gurin Woods

Altitude Difference Going Up

1190 m

Altitude Difference Going Down

910 m

Track Length

9,4 km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time

5 h 30 min

Track Numbers

G98 up to the Guriner Furggu Pass, then the Canton Ticino network of paths

Difficulty Level

E (medium difficult) - the track between the fork towards the Upper Lake (Lago Superiore) and the path between the fork in the road towards Upper Lake and Leaf Small Mouth (Bocchetta della Foglia) is steep and in some places run-down.

Recommended Time Period

June - September


Formazza Valley

Notable Items along the Track

The scenery at Leaf Small Mouth, the Walser architecture at Gurin Woods, and the Walser Museum at Gurin Woods.


We once again take the ancient connection road linking the Walser colony in Formazza to the one at Gurin Woods. It is also possible to take the G98a path around Superior Lake and Hendar Furggu.

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