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Ponale - Rifugio Pernici (732)
Ledro, Riva del Garda
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Alpine landscapes and Mediterranean atmospheres fused into a 40 km route with a 1600 m drop. 

The beauty and the variety of the scenery are well worth the effort: the blue waters of Lake Ledro, Val Concei, a patchwork of fields and meadows surrounded by mountains and woods, the verdant pastures of Trat, the descent overlooking Lake Garda, Riva and its alleys leading down to the port, the breathtaking views from the Ponale path and the ascent across Valle di Ledro and its villages… 

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Route info
Route number
39,2 km
Activity time
6 h 00 min
Altitude difference (+)
1.670 m
Altitude difference (-)
1.670 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.578 m
Lowest point
66 m

Bocca di Trat and the Ponale path were important strategic locations for the Austrian Army during the First World War and were thus intensely fortified and entrenched.

A few minutes from Bocca Trat is Rifugio Pernici, a mountain hut and a former Austrian barracks, where it is possible to stay the night and take refreshment during the opening period.

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
Pieve di Ledro

In Pieve we turn into Via Rabaglia and we cycle towards Val Concei along the old asphalt road now closed to traffic. We cross the village of Locca and we take Via di Carpeà. From the playground we cycle along country lanes to Enguiso and then to Lenzumo. At the sawmill we take the asphalt road leading to Malga Trat. From the malga we follow the dirt road to Bocca Trat and Rifugio Pernici. We cycle back to Bocca Trat and we take the dirt (later asphalt) road leading to Malga Grassi, Campi and Riva del Garda. We reach the hydroelectric plant and we follow the Sentiero del Ponale. Before the last tunnel we turn left. This path joins the cycling path avoiding the main road. We reach Molina and from here we cycle along the southern shore of the lake (Pur) and we return to Pieve. The Ponale is an Alpine trail and must be used carefully. Bikers must limit their speed and be aware of pedestrians.

public transportation

Valle di Ledro is connected to Riva del Garda by the intercity bus line 214 (Riva-Valle di Ledro-Storo).

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.

How to get there

Exit the A22 motorway at Rovereto Sud – Lago di Garda. Follow the SS240 della Val di Ledro to Pieve di Ledro. Further options


Where to park

Parking between Via Imperiale and Via Nuova, near the info point.

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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