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1713. Side Tour del Monte Gazza
Valle dei Laghi
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Activity time
9:00
Duration in hours
Distance
48.9
Distance in km
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This tour runs from the edge of Valle dei Laghi to the Paganella plateau, passing through Andalo and Lake Molveno.

The route starts in the town of Vezzano and leads to the Bael area with views of the Sarca gorge and the Stenico and San Lorenzo in Banale area. Here you will continue along an easy road into woods that are home to several mountain huts before reaching an area near Lake Molveno. After continuing towards the lake on a tarmacked road, you will reach the shores of the lake. You will follow the lake round until you reach the village of Molveno, with the Brenta Dolomites in the background. Once you pass Molveno, you will head into a narrow yet charming canyon towards Andalo before ascending onto the forest road towards the Dosson plain. At about 1450 m.a.s.l., you will find yourself on some ski slopes before heading uphill towards the meadows on Monte Gazza, which are used as mountain pastures. Here, you will cycle through the meadows, which offer views of the Valle dei Laghi and Lake Garda, before descending towards Margone and returning to the departure point in the town of Ranzo.

Further information and useful links

Cyclists who don’t want to climb the Paganella plateau by bike can use the ski lift from Andalo to Doss Pelà, where they can re-join the route after skipping most of uphill climb.

Route info
Difficult
Distance
48,9 km
Activity time
9 h 00 min
Ascent
1.950 m
Descent
1.950 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.820 m
Lowest point
741 m
Suggestions

While on this ride you will get to observe the majestic Brenta Dolomites, which offer a backdrop to Lake Molveno. From the top, you can also see the entire Valle dei Laghi and Lake Garda.

Safety guidelines

BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY 

  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !

Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Ranzo
Directions

Set off from Piazza Don Alfonso Amistadi (743 m.a.s.l.) in the village of Ranzo.  Follow the flat Strada San Vigilio in a southerly direction; at the first fork, take the right and continue slightly uphill along the road above the village, cycling past two wide hairpin bends.  After one kilometre, the tarmac will end and you will continue along a wide dirt road before passing through a short tunnel and eventually coming to a fork in the road (890 m.a.s.l.), where you will take a left. Head downhill and then uphill. You will pass Bael, Largè, Pezol, before reaching the tarmacked SS 421 road near Nembia (785 m.a.s.l.) – around 7.5km from Ranzo. Follow the SS-421 for 150 metres before taking a left onto a tarmacked stretch of road and then immediately right onto a dirt track that runs parallel to the SS-421. After crossing the bridge over the canal, you will reach a tarmacked road that will take you right to the southern shore of Lake Molveno. From here, you will join a path that runs along the eastern shore of the lake, initially remaining between the lake and SS-421 road, before crossing said road and riding parallel to it for around 4km in total. Cross the state road again, heading towards the shore of the lake for a short stretch, before re-joining the state road and then taking a small road that is initially tarmacked and curves up towards the village of Molveno (930 m.a.s.l.). The tour continues along the Lambin River and reaches the village of Andalo (1040 m.a.s.l.). At the intersection in the centre of the village, take the SP-64 towards Fai della Paganella and follow it for 2.1 kilometres. Take the fork on the right onto the forest road, which is signposted Pian Dosson. The forest road continues uphill for about 3.5 kilometres until you reach the ski slopes at Pian Dosson (1450 m.a.s.l.). The dirt road remains on the left of the forest, below the ski lift, and continues uphill before turning right along the slope. Continue uphill, cross several other slopes, and after some hairpin bends, ride uphill for about 6.2 kilometres to the Covelo Malga (mountain hut) (1781 m.a.s.l.).  From here, the path descends to the underlying San Giovanni pass (1675 m.a.s.l.), before heading steeply up the Coel de la Casina and finally through several ups/downs to the Malga di Gaza. The last stretch of this tour follows a tarmacked road to the village of Margone (941 m.a.s.l.) and then to the junction with the 18dir (760 m.a.s.l.). Turn right here and continue for 3 kilometres until you reach the departure point in the village of Ranzo.

 

You can follow this route in both directions:

  • clockwise (as described above) - the route has an uphill climb where you must dismount and push your bike for around 100 metres near the Coel de la Casina as there are stones on the ground
  • anti-clockwise - there are no particularly difficult points as the stretch near the Coel de la Casina is downhill
public transportation
Ranzo is connected by regional buses.

From Riva del Garda:

  • Bus line 205 (Riva del Garda - Trento) until Cadine
  • Bus Line 230 (Trento – Ranzo/Margone) until Ranzo

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes

How to get there
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino

To reach Ranzo from Riva del Garda, follow the SS 45bis (Gardesana Road) towards Trento until Vezzano and then continue on the SP18 until Ranzo.

Where to park
Free parking spots along the Strada di San Vigilio (main road).

Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112

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