Livigno to Cancano Lakes

Livigno

A challenging adventure to a pair of lakes so beautiful they almost seem surreal.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
43 km
Ascent
1.7 km
Descent
1.7 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
Livigno to Cancano Lakes Map

Situated on a 1949m plateau are the tropic blue-coloured waters of Lago di Cancano and Lago di San Giacomo, two reservoir lakes separated by a dam. Right next to the lakes and watching over the valley below are the Towers of Fraele, two military towers dating back to the Romans. But you even don’t need the facts, because the beauty of this area is absolutely phenomenal and so speaks for itself. Humongous mountains climb directly out of the bright blue lake waters, and everything surrounding them hangs together in a peaceful harmony.

Description

In terms of getting around, there is a gravel road around the two lakes and crossing the dam, plus many hikes and mountain bike routes branching off from the main circuit. Cars and buses are banned from parts of the lakes at certain times of day, making this area even more special for hikers and bikers.

From Livigno, there is a great mountain bike trail perfect for anyone up for a challenge. It’s steep, technical, and very scenic. From the carpark P4 next to Livigno Lake follow the 138 mountain bike trail up through the Valle Alpe Sella. It’s initially a steady climb up the narrow valley. When you reach the pretty high alpine lake Lago Alpisella (2260m) you will know that you are halfway there and are soon to enjoy a descent to the Cancano Plateau. Once at the Cancano lakes, follow the gravel road all the way around before heading back to Livigno on the trail from which you came.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Road sections
  • Drops
  • Roots

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