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757. Castagneti - Drena - Pianaura
Dro & Drena, Arco
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Activity time
3:15
Duration in hours
Distance
22.9
Distance in km
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We are currently working on maintenance and signposting on this trail. While work is under way, we might find better variants: for this reason there might be slight difference between the trail description and the actual itinerary. We will fix this as soon as we finish the work. We are currently revising description and details of the tour as well. Thanks for your patience!

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Route info
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Distance
22,9 km
Activity time
3 h 15 min
Ascent
567 m
Descent
561 m
Scenary
Highest point
538 m
Lowest point
86 m
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.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Punto di partenza
Loc. Moletta - Arco
Directions

At the traffic light cross the main road and turn left, cycling down the footpath. Almost immediately turn right into Giare, now cycling along a side road with little traffic. Continue along this road watching out for signposts for the Anello Garda Sarca Ring which you follow in reverse. Turn into via Trento Trieste and then turn right and continue through fields, always keeping to the right. Cycle along the Coste di Varino and come back for a short stretch on the main road SP84 in the direction of Drena. After about 600 metres turn right. Now you are at the gorge Forra del Rio Sallagoni and start to climb on a dirt track along the Brozza road until you come to the main road. Turn right towards Drena.
As you climb you have a spectacular view of the entire valley below, Arco Castle, Monte Brione and the lake in the distance. Now you come to Drena where you must stop off for a visit to the castle which is another excellent viewing point.
Cycle through the picturesque centre of Drena along the road which runs parallel to the main road. Turn left at the stop sign. You are in Luch. You return to the main road for a short stretch and keep on for about 300 metres before turning right in the direction of Malga Campo. You climb uphill on tarmac and, after a bend in the road, turn right and continue along the same road as far as the Zanetti farm. Now you head downhill to La Casina until you come to a dirt road. The road alternates flat stretches with gentle uphill gradients, with a view of Drena Castle all the way. Now head down a dirt road, surrounded by the sculptures of the Open Air Gallery, an exhibition of art installations in natural surroundings. Turn left and take the tarmac road as far as Braila. You cycle uphill through the little hamlet and then begin a downhill run to the end of the dirt road. Now turn left and you are riding on tarmac again. A series of flat and short uphill stretches take you to Pianaura where you can take a look at some petroglyphs carved into the rock which date back to the Iron Age. Now you head down to the right through one of the most famous areas for the production of chestnuts. The descent through the woods, all on tarmac, offers spectacular views of Arco and Lake Garda. To your right you can see the Policromuro crags, one of the most famous climbing areas in Europe. Cycle through some olive groves and at the first junction, turn left until you come to the little square in Massone. Ride under the portico in via Bezzecca and go straight on. Follow the signs to San Martino and go back in short to the starting point. 

How to get there

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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