Lago Ritom is a lake in the Piora valley, Ticino, Switzerland. The natural lake is used as a reservoir by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS) to generate hydro-electric power for the Gotthard line. The first dam was built in 1918 and, in 1950, its height was increased by 23 m.
The lake's surface area is 1.49 km² at an elevation of 1850 m. With Lake Cadagno and Lago di Tom, it is one of the main lakes in the Piora valley.
Before being used as a reservoir, Lake Ritom was a meromictic lake similar to the nearby Lake Cadagno.
The lake can be reached by funicular from Piotta 786 m below. The track with a length of 1,369 m has a maximum inclination of 87.8%, the highest in Europe after the Gelmerbahn funicular (106%).
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Lago Ritom Reviews
The lake level was very low when we were there, leaving a fairly unsightly sand collar and detracting from the overall view. Wish you could know the lake level before visiting. Quite a few cars and... more »
Take the Ritom finuculare to the top. It is an easy 30 minute walk to the Lago Rtiom. There is a lovely waterfall at the far end of the lake. There are great hiking trails that zig zag up the... more »
One of the best mountain walks in Ticino. In order to reach Lago Ritom one has to take one of the steepest funiculars of Switzerland. The view from the funicular, the atmosphere in the valley are all very refreshing. There are short hikes from Lago Ritom to two other nearby lakes.
I great place to start a hike. I drove up on the last visit, but I'll take the cable car next time. The road is very narrow and there aren't many places to pass.
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