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Monte Gazza: view of the 4 lakes

Valle dei Laghi
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Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
7:00
Duration in hours
Distance
13
Distance in km
Status
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Spectacular route on Monte Gazza with a view over the Valle dei Laghi to Lake Garda

This medium difficulty route is perhaps one of the most spectacular in the whole valley: from the summit of Monte Gazza you can see not only the four lakes below, but also the Brenta Dolomites. The first part of the route leads through the wood above the village of Margone and then overlooks the meadows used for grazing near Malga Gazza. From here you continue through picture-postcard alpine scenery, with the Dolomites on one side and the Valle dei Laghi on the other.  Once you have reached the highest point (1830 m.a.s.l.), near the cross of Monte Ranzo, you begin the descent to Malga Bael and then end the route by returning to the village of Margone.

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
13,0 km
Duration
7 h 00 min
Altitude difference (+)
900 m
Altitude difference (-)
900 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.827 m
Lowest point
940 m
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From the summit you can admire no less than four lakes:   Toblino, Cavedine, Molveno and Garda. The Brenta Dolomites also form the backdrop to all this.

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.

Please note: the last section of the route between Malga Bael and Margone along the SAT627B trail has some exposed sections.

 

Punto di partenza
Margone
Directions

From the Margone car park, go to the centre of the village towards the church: from here, take the road on the left and join the path that starts near the last houses. Follow the path until you reach the grazing meadows near the Malga Gazza. At the crossroads, follow the SAT 602 path towards the Paganella: continue along the road until you reach the crossroads to climb up to the cross on Monte Ranzo. From here you begin descending again towards Malga Gazza and once you have passed it you stay on the SAT 602 route towards Malga di Bael. Once past the malga, the last section of the route runs along the SAT 627B path towards Margone.

public transportation

Pietramurata, Sarche, the lakes of Toblino and Santa Massenza (bus stop Due Laghi) and Vezzano are connected by the intercity bus lines 205 (Riva del Garda – Sarche – Trento and 203 (Vezzano-Ciago-Ranzo-Margone) to the other places in Garda Trentino.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes here and on the website of Trentino Trasporti.

 

How to get there

To reach Margone: from the S.S. 45bis once you reach Vezzano, follow the S.P. 18dir towards Fraveggio, Lon and Ranzo / Margone.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.

 

Where to park

On the road that leads to the village of Margone, there is a free parking lot near the first houses.

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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