Cima del Masnee is a fine peak in Ticino, Switzerland’s Italian speaking Provence. The mountain is located in the heart of Ticino and is enclosed by both the Val Verzasca and Valle Maggia valleys. Cima del Masnee is the kind of mountain you climb without seeing another soul all day long. People tend to call the Ticino Alps the last truly unspoiled mountain range in the entire Alps.
Climbing Cima del Masnee leads through a wild and lonely landscape. The ascent is long, because of the low altitude of the valley floor. Also, cableways are not present here. Climbing Cima del Masnee from the Maggia side requires a vertical altitud gain of almost 2000 meters. Prepare for a long day outing if you plan on climbing Masnee in a single day. Climbing from the Verzasca side saves you about 400 vertical meters though. Another option is to spend the night in one of the alpine huts surrounding the mountain. You have two options: The Rifugio alpe Masnee or the Capanna di Starlaresc. Both huts are unguarded but do have all basic supplies you need. Especially the Starlaresc Hut is recommended due to its perfect location near the lak carrying the same name: Lago di Starlaresc.
There are many hiking trails leading towards Cima del Masnee, most of them start from the Verzasca valley. One main trail starts from the Maggia valley. It is therefore possible to make a nice round tour taking one route up and the other one down. Most routes are graded T3 and are marked red-white-red. The via Alta della Maggia and one of the routes to the Starlaresc capanna are the only exceptions with a gradation of T4/T4+. For more information see the ‘Routes’ section below.
Cima del Masnee is located on the ridge that seperates the Maggia en Verzasca Valleys and is also part of the famous Via alta della Maggia: A multiple day outing that follows the mountain ridge east of the Maggia valley, passing many of the peaks on the ridge like Madone, Cima di Nimi, Madom da Sgiof and Poncione Piancasia. Although the Via Alta (‘’old route’’) passes just to the west of Cima del Masnee, it only takes 30 minutes extra to take it with you along the way.
Although its slightly higher, and more famous neighbor Madom da Sgiof is visited more often, Cima del Masnee is certainly not the lesser peak. Views are fantastic: All the wild peaks of the Maggia and Verzasca areas can be seen and the feeling of being in nature far, far away from civilization is one you can still encounter here.
There are several routes to Cima del Masnee. They can be divided in two main routes: One from the Maggia valley and one from the Verzasca valley. Both routes are long since the valley floors are low in elevation in Ticino and the mountains reach altitudes far above 2000 meters. The route from the Verzasca side however, is somewhat less strenuous and is considered the normal route up the mountain. Both routes are described in more detail below. Both routes are indicated with a red arrow on the map at left.
I. Verzasca Route from Brione
The capanna Starlaresc is a great place to spend some time to relax or to stay for the night. For more information see the Capanna Starlaresc section below. From the capanna the trail continuous (red-white-red), passes the lake and goes up to the passo Deva (2035m). This part takes about 30 minutes. At the Passo Deva you are on the ridge (saddlepoint) between Madom da Sgiof and Cima del Masnee. You can look down into the Maggia valley for the first time now. The route coming up from the Maggia valley joins our route at this point. At passo Deva follow the signs to ‘’Rifugio Alpe Masnee’’ . In 35 minutes you will reach this small mountain hut along the ridge that seperates the Verzasca and Maggia valleys. The rifugio is also a nice option to spend the night. See for more information the section below.
From the rifugio you have a good view towards the SW-Face of Cima del Masnee. Leave the mountain hut in the direction of Cima del Masnee. At this point the marked trail stops. There is an old trail, recognizable by large red painted dots, going up to Cima del Masnee. This trail is not maintained anymore and therefore quite hard to follow. Keep heading up the SW-Face and find your way up to the summit. Although pathless,
route finding is not very difficult. Keep heading up over the grassy slopes until you reach the, quite airy, summit of Cima del Masnee. This last part is graded T4. Valle Maggia Route from Maggia
II. Vallemaggia Route from Maggia
Rifugio Alpe Masnee
How to get there
The A2 highway crosses Switzerland from north to south. On this highway take exit 47 'Bellinzona- Sud'
Now you are on the secondary road no. 2. Follow the signs to ''Locarno''
Before reaching Locarno Val Verzasca will appear on the road signs. Follow these signs until you reach Val Verzasca.
In the Verzasca valley is only one major road. Follow this road and you will first pass the village of Vogorno, than you will pass Lavertezzo and the 3rd major village is Brione. The route starts just before the actual village at Restaurant Piee, which can be recognized by the parking space in front of the Hotel/Restaurant.
On the A2 highway you also take exit 47 'Bellinzona- Sud'. Now you are on the secondary road no. 2. Follow the signs to ''Locarno'' After a few miles you will reach highway no. 13 which leads to Locarno. Keep on this highway until you are in central Locarno. Eventually the signs 'Valle Maggia' will appear. Take this exit ''Via Locarno'' and keep following the Valle MAggia signs. This will lead you straight into the Maggia Valley. After passing the small towns of Avegno and Gordevio you will enter the village called Maggia.
Hotel & Camping
Personal Favourite: Camping Al Censo, Claro
Camping Al Censo
For hotels and other places to stay:Visit the Major cities: Bellinzona, Lugano or Locarno
Maps & Books
Kompass Map WK110 Valle Maggia ValVerzasca
Bundes Landkarte (BLT) 276
WeatherThis link leads to the weather in the Verzasca area:
weather Cima del Masnee by Ticino.ch