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Emerald Trail Sils - Vicosoprano

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  • Lake Sils
    / Lake Sils
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  • / Sils Maria
    Photo: Sils Tourismus, Sils Tourismus
  • / Lake Sils with the delta of Isola
    Photo: Sils Tourismus, Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Bellvedere Tower
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / San Gaudenzio church ruins near Casaccia
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Pastures by Casaccia
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Bridge near Vicosoprano
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Through the unique Upper Engadin lake landscape across the language border into the Bergell, at the foot of the Bergell granite mountains.
moderate
18 km
5:05 h
104 m
856 m
The second stage of the Emerald Trail begins at the restaurant Alpenrose in Sils Maria. The route runs along the shore of Lake Sils and after three-quarters of an hour you reach Isola. The Isola delta has been designated part of the planned Emerald Network and is an important resting place for migratory birds. On the outskirts of the hamlet is the Restaurant Lagrev. The trail continues along the lake shore to Maloja. At the end of the lake, an asphalt road leads to Maloja post office. The path runs to the left of the post office, close to the studio of the artist, Giovanni Segantini, up to the «Marmitte dei Giganti» (giants' cauldrons) glacier mills and to the Belvedere Tower. Behind the tower, the route continues along the Sentiero Storico down into the Bregaglia valley. It is still possible to see tracks left by the ancient Romans, who used this pass in their day. From the path through the woods and meadows, you can occasionally catch a glimpse of the hairpin bends on the Maloja Pass road, as well as of the Val Bregaglia and Piz Badile. After about 30 minutes, you will reach the pass road, where there is a bus stop. The route continues along the main road, past the ruins of the Church of San Gaudenzio, and on to Casaccia. This village at the foot of the pass road was once an important centre on the major trade routes. The ruins of an old tower, which once stood guard over the Alpine routes, still rise up behind the village. There are also traces of a restored Roman road on the Septimer Pass in Casaccia. From Casaccia, you walk through a beautiful flower-strewn meadow and across the bridge over the River Maira. Follow the river and in an hour you will reach Roticcio, where a fantastic view of the valley and the village of Vicosoprano await you. The trail continues through woods and fields, becoming wider and wider until it turns into a proper road, which will quickly lead you to the camp site above Vicosoprano. The path narrows again as it crosses the bridge to the village, where this hike ends.

More information
Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Phone: +41 81 830 00 01
E-mail: allegra@engadin.ch 
Internet: www.engadin.ch 

Author’s recommendation

In July and August, the Sils-Maloja section can also be completed by boat, on Europe's highest scheduled navigation route.
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Engadin St. Moritz
Updated: March 18, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,861 m
Lowest point
1,062 m
Best time of year
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Start

Sils Maria, post office (1,806 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'778'780E 1'144'726N
DD
46.430030, 9.764890
DMS
46°25'48.1"N 9°45'53.6"E
UTM
32T 558766 5142112
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Destination

Vicosoprano

Turn-by-turn directions

Sils Maria - Isola - Plan Cuncheta - Maloja - Cavril - Casaccia - Roticcio - Vicosoprano

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Bus stop Sils/Segl Maria, Posta

Getting there

Sils Maria

Parking

car park Sils/Segl Val Fex

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'778'780E 1'144'726N
DD
46.430030, 9.764890
DMS
46°25'48.1"N 9°45'53.6"E
UTM
32T 558766 5142112
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Engadin St. Moritz, 1:25'000, Orell Füssli, ISBN 978-2-940381-82-1

Hiking map Val Bregaglia, 1:25'000, Orell Füssli, ISBN 978-2-940381-87-6


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18 km
Duration
5:05 h
Ascent
104 m
Descent
856 m
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