Monte Zucchero: A full day above Valle Verzasca
This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland: 30 Must-Do Trail Runs
Sure! Of course I want to come a long for a Way Up run... What's a Way Up run?
It's like a regular trail run, but longer and higher, with more gain, and it'll totally wear you out.
And so we headed off to Ticino to run up Monte Zucchero. Located in the Valle Verzasca, this is a wild run in a quiet region of the Alps. Traditional, gray Rustici, stone farm houses, dot the hillsides and goats graze in the high terrain. You may even have the summit of Monte Zucchero to yourself. Despite being the second-highest in the region, it’s less often summited than nearby peaks. The trail makes a steep climb and a little scramble to the summit. The downhill side of the mountain is rolling with vast traverses, but still challenging, alternating luxurious, grassy cruising with rock-hopping up and down small rises. All the way weaving through tall tawny grass and golden larch back down to the river in the valley below.
When we pawed our way through early autumn snow to reach the peak, we noticed we had over 2500 meters of vert for the the run... that's a big day. That's a Way Up. And that was the start of tons more running together.
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Start: 46.29085, 8.79527
There’s no food available en route, so stock up for a full day out.
Be sure to stop by the Ponte dei Salti over the Verzasca River in Lavertezzo. A dip in the emerald water can be a great way to finish a hard day's run.
- Our Run the Alps Switzerland guide book has lots more info!
A 1000 meter climb follows breakfast and precedes a nearly 9km traverse. We ran counterclockwise, but recommend going the other way.
There is a lot of trail running once the meters have been left below.
Kim getting into steeper terrain as she nears Monte Zucchero.
The well named Monte Zucchero truly is one of the sweetest of them all. Kim pulling into the summit.
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