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Monte Gazza - Tour 1803
Valle dei Laghi
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Difficulty
Difficult
Activity time
9:30
Duration in hours
Distance
54.8
Distance in km
Status
open
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This tour is one of the absolute highlights of Comano valley. Mount Gazza is the southern counterfort of Mount Paganella and offers an extraordinary view on the small lakes of Valle dei Laghi, on Lake Garda southward and, most of all, on Brenta Dolomites westward. Those tall stone towers  standing out in their majestic grandeur and  separated only by the narrow Molveno valley present us with  one of the most dramatic views possible.

After the departure from San Lorenzo, this tour begins with a short ride northward along an old road and - after a turn to the right into a narrow, flat dirt road departing nearby Nembia - continues with a slight ascent taking to the small village of Ranzo, at the foot of Mount Gazza. From there narrow roads with little traffic lead to the small village of Margone and, thereafter, a long, paved mountain road takes uphill till Malga Gazza.

After the above-mentioned mountain hut the big “panoramic adventure“ really begins. The dirt, partially paved road traces a hard uphill route, which then turns flat and - via a slightly uphill final stretch - eventually leads bikers to a lovely alpine meadow. The towers of Brenta are right there on the left, they are so close that they remain engraved in any biker's mind. This is an unforgettable sensation that can hardly be matched! After a short stretch on the downhill trail towards Passo San Giovanni (San Giovanni Pass), the tour continues along dirt stretches and through the woods, across the ski slopes and the bike parks of Paganella till reaching Andalo, a great holiday resort with numerous hotels, cafes, restaurants, shops and clubs. From Andalo a pleasant, easy trail takes to Lake Molveno, a magnificent turquoise-green alpine lake at the feet of Brenta Range. Here bikers ride on the beach and then on a dirt road through the forest, from where nice glimpses of the lake can be enjoyed. In Nembia they come across the outward journey and from there they can ride back to San Lorenzo via the clearly signalled bicycle path.

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Route info
Difficult
Distance
54,8 km
Activity time
9 h 30 min
Ascent
1.733 m
Descent
1.733 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.781 m
Lowest point
425 m
Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  • Always wear your helmet.
  • Plan your ride.
  • You share the trail with other users. Yield right of way to hikers.
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience.
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect.
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails.
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further.
  • Respect public and private property.
  • Always be self-sufficient.
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas.

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 Lorenzo in Banale

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?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket
  • A spare top / spare socks (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold).
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

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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