The short ascent along the path "delle creste” (of crests) is very steep and exposed in places, but offers unforgettable views of Lake Garda and Mount Baldo, and at Punta Larici the views extend as far as the Brescian side of the lake. One last burst of energy is needed towards Passo Rocchetta, reached via a demanding climb from Malga Palaer, but it is rewarded with another spectacular viewpoint.
On the way back, we take a different route, more manageable but still with views of the lake, alternating with stretches in the holm oak forest. At Pregasina we can take a break to admire the scenery or head straight down to Riva, running along the Ponale trail until we reach Riva del Garda.
Water points: fountains in Riva and Pregasina (make sure to fill up on water here in spring-summer and avoid the hottest hours of the day); in Malga Palaer there is a small spring (sometimes dry in summer)
Continue for a few more hairpin bends to the village of Pregasina, and after the church take the forest road (trail 422b), from which the Creste path 422A branches off to the left (it is very exposed, so be careful) leading to Punta Larici. From Bocca Larici, continue along the forest road to Malga Palaer (trail 422b) and from there along the path leading to Passo Rocchetta (422b).
For the return journey, take the mule track to the right next to the small hut, which then joins trail 422, continuing to the left. At a clearing, descend to the right following the signs (trail 422) for the return to Pregasina (the descent is a little steep, so be careful), where you return to Riva along the same route as the outward journey.
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You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.