Pizzo di Claro has 4 main routes to its summit. This Route page is dedicated to the 'Normal Route' which is located it the west-side of the mountain. The starting point is located in the village of Claro. The trail starts at Camping Al censo at an altitude of 250m.
It's an impressive, nice route. The path is marked very well by the for Switzerland common red-white-red stripes. The uppermost part of the route, in which you climb the 'summit pyramid' is marked by blue-white-blue. But is much less marked and is more scrambling than hiking.
So some experience is a plus fot this last part!
This route is great for the enduranced hiker/scrambler to do in a single day. For those not too much hiking experience and/or endurance it is commonly done in two days, with a sleep-over in the Alpe Peuret-Hut which you pass on your way. (For those interested: The key is hanging at the left side from the main door!!, and there are about 6 sleeping places)
When reaching the top views are really nice, you can see as far as Bernina and Monte Rosa and also the view to the city of Bellinzona is alone already worth while climbing this mountain!
Getting ThereComing from Gotthard, drive down towards Bellinzona and go off at 'Bellinzona-Nord' From there follow the signs 'Claro' and eventually you will see signs 'Camping Al Censo', where the starting point of this route is located.
Coming from Italy it's the same thing. On the highway (there's only one going through Ticino) go off at Bellinzona-Nord.
Route Description-> Starting altitude: 250m
-> Summit altitude: 2727m
-> Height difference: almost 2500m
-> Ascend time: +- 8 hours
-> Descend time: +- 5 hours
When arrived at Camping Al censo, next to the camping flowas a river: The Censo. Next to the camping a bridge goes over this river. Immediately right from this bridge the trail starts. You will notice the yellow direction-sign.
The route, which can be followed easy and is marked red-white-red, immmediately starts a bit steep and to be honest, stays that way until the top. From the start 'Lago di Canee' is visible on the signs. This you have to follow along the route. In the first two hours you will pass by two small villages, for as far as i know only temporarily inhabited for holidays. The route goes mainly throuh forest at that time.
<--On the way there's a good change you will meet some Mountain-Goats!
At about 4 hours you will get at the treeline. At this point you will come across the Alpe Peuret-Hut, which is not hosted, but is in very good condition. This is a possible place to spend the night after summiting. From Alpe Peuret (+-1900m) the route continues towards Lago di Canee at 2190m. At this route you will pass old little farm-houses broke down by avalanches in winter and little streams.
When reaching Lago di Canee, you will enjoy the view. And for those interested: Locals say it is good fishin there! At lago di Canee a blue route sign says: Pizzo di Claro 3 hours. But a bit enduranced hiker will reach the summit in 2 and maybe less.
This final part is about climbing the summit pyramid of the mountain. The route is from this point on less marked ans steeper. You have to watch out here for loose and falling stones. Good hiking-shoes are a must! The path goes in a 'zigzag' up to the summit. When getting there the views are really impressive. For as far as i know under the summit cross there is a summit-log, so don't forget to sign!
When descending you can make the choice of spending the night at Alpe Peuret or decend down the same day.
Start of the Descend at the steep summit part, you can see Lago di Canee
Essential Gear--> Good Hiking Shoes
--> Warm clothes for the upper part. It can be windy and a bit cold at the summit
--> When spending the night at Alpe Peuret: Bring your own food, there is no host!
External LinksCamping Al Censo: Click Here!
Alpe Peuret Hut: Click Here!