Created in 1972 to celebrate the Centenery of SAT – the Trento Alpine Association – this ferrata is famous for its series of long vertical ladders.
As you head off from the centre of Riva del Garda towards the base of the ferrata, you can see the walls you are about to scale rising sheer above you.
Pass by Bastione and Capanna Santa Barbara to reach the beginning of the Via Ferrata. As you ascend the wall of Rocchetta you can see the roofs of Riva del Garda and the blue waters of Lake Garda beneath your feet. Although the long series of ladders, slightly overhanging in places, are not technically demanding, they do require determination and you must not suffer from a fear of heights.
After 1200 m of ascent, the view from Cima Sat extends from south to north, from the basin of Lake Garda to the entire Sarca Valley.
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From Riva del Garda head up along the SAT404 trail until the mountain hut Capanna Santa Barbara, then continue along the SAT404B trail.
After the first easy bolted slabs you come to the foot of a wall which you ascendby means of a 40 metres ladder (1). At the other end, you proceed on rockyoutcrops until you come to a big rock wall. A first ladder 15 metres long (2) takesyou to the 70 metres ladder (3). Finally, a short ladder of just 15 metres (4) takesyou into the woods and from there, a trail takes you to the rocky ridge boltedwith cables and ladders (5) which takes you to the summit of Cima SAT.
There are two options:
• from the summit head down the other side along a bolted section until the fork in the trail, where you take the right-hand path, Sentiero dei Crazidei (SAT418), and then the SAT402 which descends to Riva del Garda.
• descend the bolted section as far as the fork and then head left over ledges bolted with metal cables on SAT413, leaving the trail for Bochet de Concolì on your right. Follow the trail SAT404 and reach, thanks to a short ladder (6) first the chapel of Santa Barbara, the mountain hut of the same name and then Riva del Garda.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.
For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
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
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).
Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.