A long and challenging via ferrata, which requires a good training, but offers breathtaking views on the Sarca Valley!
A marvellous route up the east wall of Monte Casale which at 1500 metres is one of the most imposing bastions of the Prealps. The immense concave wall is veined with dozens of climbing routes of the highest level. The protected route climbs for 1200 m along the south face of the great concavity. As you climb higher you feel smaller and smaller amid this sea of rock surrounding you on all sides. Once you reach the summit of Monte Casale, the surroundings change abruptly and bare rock gives way to flowering meadows.
The ferrata does not have any particularly challenging sections but you do need to be in perfect physical health, very fit, and have excellent weather conditions given the length of the ferrata and the absence of any escape routes.
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Park your car on the far side of Pietramurata and take the road on your left which runs along the quarry at the foot of sheer wall of Monte Casale. A steep trail through the woods leads to the first bolted section.
The first section has vertical stretches in clefts and dihedrals followed by a traverse to the right and then a diagonal bend back towards the left across short rock walls and ledges up to the summit of Croz del Pin (1). From here you begin smooth expanse which is the wall of Monte Casale. Rungs and stirrups (2) help you across the ramparts up to an elevation of 1200 metres a.s.l. where you come across the log book ( 3). This marks the end of the difficult section but the ascent continues with another 400 metres of elevation gain with short bolted sections before you reach the summit of Monte Casale and, soon after, the mountain hut Rifugio Don Zio.
From the Rifugio Don Zio hut you take the trail SAT 427 towards Sarche and from there continue to Pietramurata (about 3 hours).
You reach Pietramurata with the bus 205 Riva-Arco-Dro-Sarche-Vezzano-Trento (info www.gardatrentino.it )
From Riva del Garda and Torbole follow first signs to Arco and then to Trento, on the SS 45 bis. Pietramurata is on the main road, short after Dro.
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it