The Mottarone is situated in Piemonte
and belongs to the
Starting from Stresa,
the Mottarone ascent is 20.1 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1252 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 6.2 %.
Stories, information and comments from Mottarone climbers
Story by Lars de Zeeuw from , Belgium, submitted on 08/05/2014
Very nice climb , steep parts but also parts where you can relax a bit. You are confronted by villages , woods , very nice views and so on. The last 7 kilometers after you reach the bar where casr have to pay 7 EUR to go to the top are a disaster (the road). Apparenlty they are not spending the money in making the road a bit better.
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Story by Michael Hoffmann from Taastrup, Denmark, submitted on 20/08/2013
Very precise description of the climb. I did it a couple of days ago in august 2013 - except the profile figure most be wrong - it feels much steeper at last part approaching Bivio Orta :-)
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Story by Christ-jan van Ganzewinkel from , The Netherlands, submitted on 19/07/2007
I climbed the Mottarone on the 5th of july 2007, whilst on vacation in the Lago Maggiore region. The Mottarone is a mountain, 1491 meters high that is situated between Lago dOrta en Lago Maggiore in the Piemonte region. That day the weather was very nice, some 28 degrees, with a few clouds but Mottarones top could be seen form the valley. I started the climb near the shores of the lake in a town called Baveno. In Baveno I turned into the Centro Storico, the old historical centre, from the SS33, the road thats on the western bank of the lake. After leaving Baveno the climb is tough. At least 8-9% while climbing through the little village Loita. The next village is Campino, where you get a chance to rest a little, because the road does not climb here. In these moments you get a chance to appreciate the Isole Boromee, that are clearly visible in Lago Maggiore. You can also envy (or not) the tourists who climb Mottarone in a cable car. Much easier, but much more expensive too, and no reward after a tough climb by yourself! The road in this first part is surrounded by woods and some little waterfalls accompany you in your climb. A beautifull sight. After Campino theres a fairly easy climb through the villages of Someraro and Levo untill you reach the village of Gignese. Here things really get bad! The roadsigns lead you to a narrow and very steep climb which lasts long enough to get your heartrate to the max and the contents of your drinking bottles to an absolute minimum. this part must be above 12%, maybe even reach more than 15%. I know of a short climb in the Netherlands, called the Keuteberg in Limburg. This climb in Gignese is just as steep, but lastst much longer. Very appropriate there is, nearing the end of this steep climb, a graveyard on the rightside of the road. I did not check if there were any cyclists mentioned on the tombstones. Might well be...I continue the climb through the woods on the flsnks of the mountain. The road gets worse here. You reach a toll booth, but cyclists can cary on without paying. After the toll booth theres a little descend which is nice for muscle relaxation, but unfortionately what you descend you got to go up again. Looking up you can see what is ahead, and thats still a long way. After reaching the Fontana Vitaliana theres a little text written on the road, which says -2 km. Now thats good news because the muscles start protesting. When you have gooten this far really weird things happen to your cycle computer: it takes ages for a 6 to become a 7.... At last I reached the road that leads down to Omegna. At this point in the climb, with still 1,5 km to go the view is spectacular and you might even get the energy to initiate a sprint to the top. On the top of Mottarone, well you dont actually reach the top because that is still a 5 minute footclimb away, a capuccino is mandatory. I descended the Mottarone on the side of Lago dOrta. On that day I might well have used a little windstopper, because although it is just 1400 meters high it can get a little chilly ul there. The descent is great with spectacular views (Italian girls tend to sunbathe up there..). You can see the lakes, the Po region and even on a clear day like this Monte Rosa and the Appinins are visible. The descent into Omegna can be a bit dangerous.
So, climbing the Mottarone from Baveno is not easy with a very difficult part in Gignese. It took me 3 hours to complete the ascend and descent and the kilometers to the campsite, and I drove some 62 km that day. The reward when you reach the top is a spectacular view and a nice cappucino.