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Difficulty
Intermediate
Activity time
3:35
Duration in hours
Distance
7.3
Distance in km
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Hike to the Biaina Mount with its 360° view that goes from Lake Garda to the Dolomites

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.

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
Intermediate
Route number
Distance
7,3 km
Activity time
3 h 35 min
Altitude difference (+)
627 m
Altitude difference (-)
627 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.413 m
Lowest point
1.125 m
Suggestions

Malga San Giovanni, with its typical Trento cuisine, is a stop-off point you cannot miss.

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
San Giovanni al Monte
Directions

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.

public transportation

There is no public transport service to reach San Giovanni al Monte. 

How to get there

From industrial area of Arco follow Via Vittorio Veneto and then Strada Varignano Padaro (approx. 13 km) until you reach your destination. 

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.

 

Where to park

Free parking in San Giovanni al Monte.

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.

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