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Along the equipped trail "del Berghem" to San Martino and Malga Grassi

Riva del Garda
Category
Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
6:30
Duration in hours
Distance
17.3
Distance in km
Status
open
WSEN
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An interesting hike, connecting Riva del Garda to the archaeological site of San Martino. The circular route allows you to continue to Capanna Grassi for the lunch and then return to Riva along the other mountain side 

The trail,which climbs the slopes of Rocchetta and Monte Tombio, heads up the valley of the Gamella stream,  a little known but spectacular area of Garda Trentino, rich in hidden waterfalls. 

It has small sections fitted with metal cables and steps; this is the reason why it is graded EE and should only be used by experienced hikers.

After the visit of the archaological area of San Martino, continue to Malga Grassi and stop off at Capanna Grassi, well known for the tasty local food. To return follow the "sentiero della pinza", which follow the other side of the valley leading you down to Riva del Garda. 

To shorten the walk, take the path SAT402 in Campi to go back. 

Further information and useful links

For more information on routes, services (guides, mountain huts, shops etc.) and hiking friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444

 

Route info
Difficult
Route number
Distance
17,3 km
Duration
6 h 30 min
Altitude difference (+)
1.111 m
Altitude difference (-)
1.110 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.158 m
Lowest point
117 m
Suggestions

The archeological site San Martino, is one of the most important and significant of Garda Trentino. 

Safety guidelines

Safety Tips 

  1. Choose itineraries that suit your physical and technical abilities. Collect information about the area you are visiting and the trail’s conditions and get a detailed trekking map.
  2. Wear clothes and take equipment that suit the difficulty and length of your tour. Keep emergency gear in your rucksack, including first aid supplies.
  3. Do not go walking alone in the mountains. In any case, tell someone where you are going and report back on returning.
  4. Look at the weather forecast before setting off and always keep an eye on the weather.
  5. In case of doubt, go back. It is better to give up than risk bad weather or face difficulties beyond your strength, ability and equipment.
  6. Do not leave marked paths and do not take shortcuts.
  7. All described walks are in a natural environment and therefore their use is at your own risk.

This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Riva del Garda - San Giacomo
Directions

Starting from the district of San Giacomo (to the north of the centre of Riva del Garda), take the road which heads up to the left. Here there is a plaque dedicating the trail to Claudio Fedrizzi. Continue to the left until you come to a steep uphill stretch as far as the old settlement Foci. A bridge crosses the ravine on the Albola stream. Here you leave the path which leads to the chapel of Santa Maria Maddalena and proceed uphill to the right on the steep slopes under Rochetta, aided by some metal cables, steps and handholds.
The trail offers dizzying views over the Albola valley and, after a section fitted with iron cables, leads to the spectacular and little known Ert waterfall. Two wooden gangways cross over to the other side of the valley and the slopes of Monte Tombio. An easy mule track takes you up through the woods till you come to a ledge fitted with metal cables. You can now see the town of Campi.

The track levels out and continues to Zumiani, passes among the houses and crosses the main road. On the right, a steep dirt track leads to the archaeological site of San Martino.

You can return from San Martino to Riva by heading down to Campi and taking the Pinza trail. Otherwise you can head on as far as Malga Grassi and from there to the mountain hut Rifugio Nino Pernici. At Malga Grassi you can also stop off at Capanna Grassi, well known for the tasty local food.

public transportation

The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.

Please note: From the centre it takes about 20 minutes walking to the starting point of the trail. 

How to get there

From SS240 in Riva del Garda follow the sings to "Via Ardaro". 

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino

Where to park

Free parking in San Giacomo (Via Ardaro). 

You need to wear the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you take when you go on a hike?

Your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do) should contain:

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

 

Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains. When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.

And finally... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.

Emergency telephone number 112.

Riva del Garda
Sito archeologico di Monte San Martino
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