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.
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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.
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.
Please note: From the centre it takes about 20 minutes walking to the starting point of the trail.
From SS240 in Riva del Garda follow the sings to "Via Ardaro".
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:
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.
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