“A testing climb up San Salvatore with great views of Lake Lugano and Swiss Alps.”
— Gavin Harte
Open all year but would advise against tackling this in winter given that many parts get little or no sun. Can be very icy.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
I chose to start from the trailhead in Pazzallo as you're straight into the green from there. This is also the middle station of the funicular railway which climbs up the mountain. You can also start your climb from the bottom of the funicular (Via delle Scuole 7, 6900 Paradiso) but as this is in the city you're going to be hiking on asphalt. It's not ugly, but you're going through residential areas which are not as enjoyable as the forest trail. Either way the route is well marked with the yellow route markers so familiar to those of you who have ever been hiking in Switzerland.
The trail is mostly in the forest with a lot of rock steps rather than plain trail so your legs definitely get a good workout. You shouldn't have any difficulties in finding the way up as there is basically only one path. Just below the peak you can take one of two paths, but they both come to the same place.
This is not a long trail and if you're fit you should be able to be up and back in a little over an hour (with time for a quick break and photo opportunity at the top). If the climb took it out of you, or you don't like hiking downhill, then take the funicular back down to either the middle station or back to the city.