High above the Leventina valley at an ideal location lies Capanna Brogoldone.
At an altitude of 1800 meters this hut offers amazing views of the surrounding Tessiner Alpen and down to the Capital of Ticino: Bellinzona. The view down to Bellinzona, 1600 meters lower, is just amazing. Especially during the night when you see nothing but lights down in the valley.
But that is not all, the views up are great as well. Right above the hut is a smaller peak named Piz de Molinera (2288m)
But the main viewpoint is towards the north: the Pyramid shaped Pizzo di Claro (2727m), which is the main destination for visitors of this hut. Other peaks to be climbed are Torrone Rosso (2670m) and Mottone (2680m).
The Brogoldone hut is a perfect place for those who want to make it to the top of one of those peaks in 2 days. For those who are a little more trained it is not neccessary to spend the night here. The peaks are reachable within one (long) day. But even if you can make it in one day, it is a great experience to spend the night and enjoy the amazing nightly views over Bellinzona.
Torrone Rosso (2670m) and Mottone (2680m)
For these peaks you will start following the Brogoldone Route for Pizzo di Claro.
You have to follow this route over the ridge which devides the Calanca and Leventina Valleys, until you reach the summit Pyramid of Pizzo di Claro, from here the Brogoldone route goes up the eastern face of the summit block. Do not take this route but keep right. You will pass the summit block on the eastern side and will descend about 100 meters. After a mile or so you passed Pizzo di Claro and the following two peaks are respectively Torrone Rosso and Madone.
If you follow the path you will descend down in the Calanca Valley. You have to leave the marked trail and scramble your way up to one of these summits. Only to do with good hiking experience.
The way to the summit goes over grassy slopes with some scrambling over rocks.
No axe or other material needed. Good 'mountain-shoes' are a must though. When reaching the summit, views are amazing down into the Leventina valley in the west and the Calanca valley in the east.
-->Be very careful when conditions are wet! Preferably ascent in dry conditions. ( From my own experience: I ascended during wet conditions, fortunately made it down safe.Will NEVER do it again in such conditions!)
--> Descend the same way down. No routes on the western side of these mountains
--> Capanna Brogoldone - Torrone Rosso : 2 a 3 hours
--> Capanna Brogoldone - Madone : 2 a 3 hours
Patriziato di Lumino
Manuele De Gottardi
079/509 37 12
Telephone: +41 (0)91 829 43 50
Maps: SLK 1293 Osogna
SLK 1294 Grono
Sleeping places: 60
Opened: All year long
Eating: Hut owner who is present from may until oktober
Laura Resinelli tel.
079 681 31 65
Hüttenwart, Laura Resinelli
079 681 31 65 e 091 863 1690
Presidente Adelio Ghidossi, 6533 Lumino