Madom da Sgiof (or Madone di Giove) is a great hikers peak located in the Swiss canton of Ticino. Madom Sgiof is situated between the famous Verzasca valley in the east and the less famous, but evenly beautiful Maggia valley in the west. The climb of this mountain is graded T3 and offers tremendous views over the rugged Verzasca en Maggia valleys. Towards the east the beautiful west walls of Poncione D'Alnasca and Fopia can be seen and towards the north you can see Madom Gross, with 2741m the highest peak of the Verzasca area. Towards the west you have an impressive view towards the Monte Rosa Group that with its heavy glaciated peaks dominates this view. Madom da Sgiof is frequently climbed and is situated in one of the most wild regions of Switzerland. It therefore is a very worthwile climb than can be done within a day. The only catch is that the height difference between starting point and summit is over 1500 vertical meters. It therefore is occasionally done with a overnight stay at the Capanna Stralaresc. This mountain hut is loacted beautifully along the Starlaresc Lake. There are 2 main routes that lead to the summit. One starts from the Maggia valley in the west, the other one starts from the Verzasca valley in the east. A traverse from one valley into the other is therefore a nice variant to this climb.
Verzasca RouteThis route starts at the east side of Madom da Sgiof near the village of Brione (756m). The route starts at Brione-Piee at 745m. It should be noted that the marked trails are sometimes not very well visible and the red-white-red paintmarks are sometimes overgrown by weeds and plants. Still, there is no difficulty with route finding since the trail is visible at almost the whole route.
You will first find your way up to Pianèsc 819m, which is just minutes away from Brione After reaching Pianesc, the trail leads straight into the forest and up towards Alp Corte di Starlaresc (1875m). This mountain hut is private ownership, but is accessible for hikers coming along. The key hangs at the front door! Passing this hut you will also pass a little lake called Lago di Starlaresc da Sgiof.
From this point on the marked route steepens as you head further towards the Passo Deva at 2038m. Passo Deva located on the ridge that separates the Maggia and Verzasca valleys.
The road continues on the North-West ridge towards the summit of Madom da Sgiof at 2265 meters. Descent can be done passing the East ridge. The road will lead down to Motaruch (2011m) and further down to Alp Corte di Starlaresc. (1875m) From this point on the route is the exact same way as you ascended. A variant is to head east at Motaruch. Follow the signs ''Piano del Vald'' and ''Brione''. You will descent along the ridge towards the east and further down again to the north trough the dense forests. You will pass ''Piano del Vald'' a samll village and eventually reach the road that leads to Brione.
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Maggia RouteThis route starts in the village Maggia (332m) located in the Maggia valley. Just east of the village a marked trail leads up towards the east. Following this trail it will guide you to Alpe Deva (1556m) The trail continues to the north to point 1838, where it crosses another trail.
You have to follow the trail towards the right (east!) which will lead you up to Passo Deva at 2038m. From here the trail leads over the North-West ridge to the summit of Madom Sgiof. Descend is the same route back or another option is to descend into the Verzasca valley towards the east.
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How to get There
The A2 highway crosses Switzerland from north to south. On this highway take exit 'Locarno'
Follow the Locarno signs for several miles on this secondary road.
After a few miles there will be signs saying: Val Verzasca. This will lead you to Val Verzasca.
In the Verzasca valley is only one major road. You follow this road and you will first pass the village of Vogorno, than you will pass Lavertezzo and the 3rd major village is Brione. Where the route starts at the west side of the village.
On the A2 highway you also take exit 'Locarno'. A primary road leads you into the city. You follow it all the way into the city. Inside the city you will see 'Valle Maggia' signs. Following these will lead you straight into the Maggia Valley. After passing the small towns of Avegno and Gordevio you will enter the village called Maggia. At the east end of the village the hiking trail starts.
Climbing Madom di Sgiof does not involve any serious climbing and therefore is a great hikers destination. The climb is graded T3
-->Good mountain boots are sufficient. No ropes etc needed.
The altitude difference from the valley floor (starting point) until the summit is quite large. The climb includes an elevation gain of over 1500 vertical meters. Therefore, a good physical condition is advised.
Camping / Hotel
A beautiful campsite only half an hour drive away from Verzasca. For more info:
camping Al Censo
The nearest Hotel is in Vogorno:
Hotel Pizzo Vogorno
Local weatherThis link leads to the weather in the Verzasca area:
weather Madom da Sgiof AREA
In memory of..This page was made with the great help of SP member Cyrill Rüegger , who tragically died in an accident on Piz Palü on June 13th, 2009.
Rest in peace Cyrill, you will be missed.