Logo Garda
Covid 19 Safe holidays: for a peaceful and stress-free stay in Garda Trentino Learn more Close
Laghel, echoes of literature and religious devotion
Arco, Garda Trentino
Add to favourites
Activity time
Duration in hours
Distance in km
Suggested period
A trail which winds along the Stations of the Cross celebrated in the poetry of R. M. Rilke
An easy trail winding through the olive grove of Arco and, in part, along the ancient Stations of the Cross which leads to Laghel, a little valley not far from Arco.
Further information and useful links
  • If you would like to discover other places which inspired the poet Rilke, we recommend the Rilke Promenade, the itinerary dedicated to the great German poet,  from the series "Hidden Treasures"
  •  For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it

Route info
5,5 km
Activity time
1 h 50 min
222 m
222 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
363 m
Lowest point
141 m

Laghel is famous for its vanishing lake or “non-existing lake”. When there is heavy rain, a little lake forms in the centre of the valley but then it soaks back into the ground and disappears once more.

Safety guidelines
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
From the centre of Arco head up in the direction of the Archduke's Park and Laghel. Follow the old Stations of the Cross up a valley with olive trees growing on either side. When you come to the Chapel of Santa Maria di Laghel, keep to the left at the junction and you almost immediately come to another left turn along a paved road which soon becomes a dirt track. You pass beneath a rocky outcrop, and on the right there is the Laghel sinkhole with its temporary lake.  Continue along the easy trail with lovely views of the Laghel Valley below and Monte Colodri until you come to a dirt track. Turn right and follow the track as far as Fontane. After the bar blocking the track, take the trail on the right which leads down to the tarmac road which takes you back to Santa Maria di Laghel and the way to Arco.
public transportation

Arco is served by a number of bus lines, in particular the two urban lines (numbers 1 and 2) which connect Riva del Garda with Torbole sul Garda. For bus times: www.gardatrentino.it

How to get there

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

Where to park

Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre).

More Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).

You need to be wearing 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?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • 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
  • emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 118

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.

climbing guide
Riva del Garda
Torbole sul Garda - Nago
You might be interested in
Discover related tours
Ledro, Garda Trentino
Distance 7,5 km
Activity time 3 h 00 min
Ascent 507 m
Arco, Garda Trentino
Distance 7,6 km
Activity time 2 h 20 min
Ascent 157 m
Ledro, Garda Trentino
Distance 1,6 km
Activity time 30 min
Ascent 19 m
Distance 4,0 km
Activity time 1 h 00 min
Ascent 155 m
Ledro, Garda Trentino
Distance 4,3 km
Activity time 2 h 00 min
Ascent 166 m
Ledro, Garda Trentino
Distance 4,2 km
Activity time 1 h 30 min
Ascent 277 m