The Cancano Lakes

Distance: 83 km

  • Time

    4h – 6h

  • Difficulty

    fitness condition 3

  • Elevation

    2550 m (positive)

    2550 m (negative)

  • Highest point

    Foscagno Pass - 2291 m

  • Lowest point

    Isolaccia - 1296 m


A round trip from Livigno to the Cancano Lakes, stage 18 finish of the 2020 Tour of Italy.

Starting from Livigno, we begin with a 6 km climb to the Eira Pass (2208 m) followed by a short descent to the village of Trepalle and then another 4 km climb to the Foscagno Pass (2291 m).

We continue downhill to the village of Valdidentro, more precisely to Isolaccia where, from the roundabout, we tackle a climb to the "Torri di Fraele". We will approach it from this side as was the case during the 2020 Tour of Italy, an 8 km climb with 21 hairpin bends which presents its most challenging section in the middle, with a maximum gradient of 11%.

The second part involves the majority of the hairpin bends and is very rideable with gradients of around 7%.

On reaching the "Torri di Fraele", about 1.5 kilometres of flat terrain flanking Lake Monte Scale anticipates the last short uphill stretch of 500 m. This will take us to the Cancano lakes (1945 m), where we can also grab a light lunch at the mountain refuge.

The first part of the return journey will be downhill on the same road as the ascent, then we will keep to the left and descend to Premadio. We then take the State Road 301 which leads to Foscagno, starting with a flat section that brings us back to Isolaccia, where we initially started the climb on the way up. 

The last climb of the day will be divided into two parts: the main one of 15 km to reach the Foscagno Pass (2290 m), followed by a descent of 4 km before the last 3 km climb to the Eira Pass (2210 m).

The last 6 km of descent will bring us back to Livigno.




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Bike Livigno organizes all kind of mountain bike tours in the amazing area of Livigno, Alta Rezia and Engadina.

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