Stop at a beautiful alpine pasture before the demanding descent.
Signage: 734. Malga Grassi Trail - Tour
Most holidaymakers who visit Lake Garda know and love Malga Grassi. The tour starts in Riva and leads to the villages of Pranzo and Campi, alternating between side roads, gravelled cart tracks and short stretches on the main road. After the village of Campi, you have the option of shortening the route by 7 km. However, you should only do this if you have physical problems or if the weather forces you to do so, because otherwise you’ll miss out on the break at the malga and the first past of the challenging descent, steep and gravelly. Not for nothing this route used to be called “Original Adrenalina”.
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ITRS - International Trail Rating System
The ITRS is an objective way to assess trails and routes from a biker’s perspective, evaluating four aspects:
Discover more about the ITRS system and check the classification of this tour in the photo gallery.
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.
The route departs from Riva del Garda, next to the Garda Trentino Tourist office.
So, from the tourist office head north to the roundabout, keeping left to take the cycle path of via Dante Alighieri. Once you reach Viale Roma, turn right and follow the road to take the next turn left onto Viale Pilati. At the junction turn right onto viale Giovanni Prati and continue straight onto Via Ardaro.
Here the climbing starts gently, but prepare yourself for the very different gradients ahead. After crossing the village of San Giacomo, a little before reaching the crossroads you will see the signage for MTB route 734. Follow it to cross the road where you must take the steep slope on your right which runs along the Albola stream.
The slope reaches 20% here and at the first fork, led by the signage, keep right where you can catch your breath for a few metres. Follow the narrow dirt road which will join with the provincial road toward Lake Tenno. At one of its hairpin bends, keep to the left taking a disused dirt track. The steepest stretch of climb is behind you at this point, but the ascents are still challenging. The alternative is to follow the normal/main road up to Pranzo, as do many road cyclists.
If you have the strength to stay on the dirt road, continue as indicated until you meet the asphalt road again, follow this for a few hundred meters, up to the next bend at Deva. Following the curve of the road, spot the sign leading you sharp right, continuing to climb again a dirt/gravel section eventually returning to the main road leading to Pranzo.
After passing through the narrow passageway regulated by a traffic light, follow the signs left to leave the provincial road for Lake Tenno and continue through the famous chestnut groves of the area. Back on the normal road there is a short stretch through a tunnel to reach Campi. From here it is easy to follow the signs to reach the Capanna Grassi refuge: the half way point of the route. The Refuge is unmissable stop for the Trentino regulars and a great opportunity to take a break and get some water.
For your descent from the rifugio there is the previously proposed wild option of the very challenging, loose terrain. However, if you do not feel not confident with this then the easiest option would be to return to Riva, via Campi following the same path of ascent. If instead you are determined and feeling brave enough to face the complete descent, follow the route signs near to the refuge and continue on, crossing the beautiful meadows on a convenient dirt road.
Entering the wood, and crossing the stream you will face a short climb. In the vicinity of the stream, part of the path has collapsed due to a small landslide, so pay attention because the passage is currently rather tight. Having passed that section, the rocky downhill adventure begins! There are a few forks in the descent which are signposted and the last section is on concrete.
All going well, you will pass by the characteristic San Rocco church following the path until the entrance of the Pinza on your right. From here the terrain returns to a more forgiving gravel kind. Take the time to enjoy the panorama, but please check your speed: even though the path is quite large, some sections are a little more dangerous. By the last section, on cement your brakes will be very hot. Finishing the descent you are practically at the entrance to the centre of Riva del Garda, your starting point.
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.
Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).
Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).
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 sudden drop in your energy levels. The unexpected things are part of the fun!
Remember to thoroughly evaluate the type of route you plan on doing, the locations you intend 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?
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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