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Activity time
7:35
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Distance
42
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 A long uphill climb on the northern slopes of Monte Baldo, mostly on paved road with stunning scenery, towards peaceful pastures overlooking the Brenta Dolomites.

 

 

 

Monte Baldo is normally known for its extremely technical trails like the legendary ExSeicentouno. But this trail is quite simple from a technical point of view, even though it is very demanding physically.

The elevation profile speaks for itself: 1550 metres of elevation gain, largely on paved road, without any letup, with an average gradient of 10%. A total of over 1700 metres, 100 more, if you are starting from lake level. The scenery, as you climb, is simply stunning.

Once you have reached the top of Monte Varagna, a short stretch that is steep and loose, then there are easy forest trails, steep at times, but well-kept, and secondary roads in the Altopiano di Brentonico plateau. These areas, so tranquil and steeped in tradition, seem a million miles away from a crowded tourist area like Alto Garda. There are no water springs along the route and the first mountain hut you will come to is Rifugio Campei. You must therefore make sure to bring enough water to drink.

Further information and useful links
  •  This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. A summary of the legislation is available on our website: www.gardatrentino.it
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation:
     APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it
  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.
Route info
Difficult
Distance
42,0 km
Activity time
7 h 35 min
Ascent
1.685 m
Descent
1.685 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.706 m
Lowest point
156 m
Suggestions
This tour is suitable also for fat bike!
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
Torbole sul Garda - Busatte
Directions

The departure point for this route is Parco le Busatte. At the car park exit, the signpost for route 765 takes you straight onto the steep uphill climb towards Nago. At the end of the cement stretch, follow the clear directions and turn onto the road for Monte Baldo. Stay on this road and pass Malga Zures and Doss Casina. Further along the road you also pass Prati di Nago and a series of steeper bends, until you come to a car park where the paved road ends. Keep on going on the dirt road, follow the forest trail and pass the barrier. When you reach the saddle of Monte Varagna, you come to a fork in the road. Here you follow directions and turn onto a track on the right a little lower down. Directly below Monte Altissimo, you now cross the meadows of the pasture in the direction of Val del Parol. Even though it is probably pointless, we would like to remind you to always close the gates when you enter and leave pastures.

What comes next is the most technical part of the route, not very long, but rather rough going and with some tight bends. When you get to the dirt road which crosses Val del Parol, keep left and ride on through pastures until you come to the mountain hut Rifugio Campei. This is the only refreshment point you will meet on the mountainside before you come to the towns on the plateau. Go on past the mountain hut and be sure not to underestimate the steepness of the gradient, limit your speed and pay particular attention to the cemented tracks along the trail, especially when the going is wet. When you come to the Brentegana road, still on a dirt track, follow it downhill until you come to the farms in Festa. From here on, the route follows a paved road towards Brentonico. Shortly before you come to the town, follow directions and take a sharp left on a narrow uphill road. This will take you above the town football pitches. Shortly after you pass them, keep right and turn onto a mule track which leads to the ruins of the old castle of Dosso Maggiore, of which only traces remain. Keep left, on a paved road once again, until you come to the town of Castione where, once you get to the piazza  beneath the church, you will pick up signposts again. Continue onwards  towards Sano where you need to keep left until you come to the bottom of the valley. Here you cross the fields and come to the cycle path which runs along the main road. Follow it in the direction of Lake Garda over the Passo San Giovanni pass and you will come to Nago. Ride through the historic centre of the town past the church and keep going, first down via San Vigilio, then via Monte Baldo. Keep going in the direction of Busatte and you come to the first part of the route which you follow in the opposite direction until you come back to where you started from.

public transportation

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the tour. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

Info about bike transport on public means: www.gardatrentino.it

How to get there

Getting to northern Lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Where to park
Free parking slots available at the starting point of the tour

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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