The San Bernardino is situated in Graubunden. This climb belongs to the Alps.
Starting from Lostallo,
the San Bernardino ascent is 23.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1188 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5 %.
Stories, information and comments from San Bernardino climbers
Story by Jan de Vries from Gorssel, The Netherlands, submitted on 20/07/2016
Today, July 20 2016, I have climbed the Bernardino pas, starting in San Vittore. It was very hot, above 30ºC. The climb is a very nice one but the top of the Bernardino is on 2071 m, about 460 m more than described in the files of climbbybike. Also drove 4 km downward at the north side. The north side is easier to climb because the climb is more a steady one without big differences in steepness. The south side is changing often in steepness. In Mesocco the street is of bad quality, but that is the only part where you have to take care. In general the pass is beautiful, especially on the top with its small lake. I have encountered very little traffic and no heavy traffic at all.
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Story by Chris Patient from , Switzerland, submitted on 27/06/2012
The San Bernardino pass has to be one of my favorite passes in Switzerland that you can climb by bike! The best thing about it is that there is very little traffic and the quality of the tarmac is excellent. To do it from the Bellinzona side is however quite long and it can be very very hot in summer. We took the postal bus and started from Mesocco. It was 33 degree''''s in Bellinzona and it was a relief to climb by bike, gradually up past green fields and alpine pastures and forests, through the ski village of San Bernadino, to the cooler temperatures at the top of the pass. The pass is next to a picturesque mountain lake and has a delightful old albergo, where an eclectic mix of cyclists, motor bikers and classic car enthusiasts meet for a coffee before descending back down the long and winding road in different directions. This time we took the same way back to Bellinzona and what a descent it was. Definitely recommended.
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Story by Peter Horan from Lugano, Switzerland, submitted on 22/08/2010
We climbed this twice, first from San Bernardino village on a cloudy Wednesday, and second from Mesocco much further down the valley, on a very hot sunny Saturday.
Lovely smooth road, with great sweeping curves (especially upper half) with good visibility around corners.
According to GPS round trip was total of 1337 metres climbed and 46 kms.
TIP: Do it midweek if you can, to avoid the tourist traffic, especially the motorbikes.