The route to Monte Biaina, almost entirely through the forest, promises an unexpected and charming panoramic view out over Riva del Garda and Lake Garda that reveals itself only in the final part of the course.
Monte Biaina is a small elevation located south of the more famous San Giovanni pass that connects Valle del Sarca to the valleys Giudicarie Esteriori.
It is a family trek with a short difference in height and a lovely lookout point for a nice pic nic.
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Park at San Giovanni al Monte and take the forest road to the left, direction Prai Da Gom (where you can also park, to cut the hike). Once there, on the left side of the dirt road that leads to the Prai da Gom locality starts another dirt road that climbs up into the forest, Sat sign “Monte Biaina”, Trail No. 407. The road ascends with a few hairpin bends up to a thinner section of the forest, from which Sat trail No. 407 departs.
Initially, the trail climbs along the mountain side, then shifts to the right of the ridge that runs in the direction of the summit.
At an altitude of 1395 m the trail crosses over the ridge in a south-east direction and reaches a clearing in the forest. In the clearing there is a dirt road that climbs up from the valley and proceeds to the right. Reach the road and shortly after, on the right, you will see on a tree the typical red/white SAT sign with black lettering on a white background: a cross.
Leave the road and follow the trail initially up into the forest and then, up and down for a while, along the ridge, until you reach the cross on the summit from where you can finally enjoy the panorama that till then was barely visible through the vegetation.
Trace your steps back to the departure point.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.
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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):
Emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 112
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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