This hike is all about Monte Calino, close to Tenno. It is like a natural balcony overlooking the Busa, as locals call the Basso Sarca plain, and lake Garda.
The hike is all through natural surroundings: first it winds up through the steep hillside farmland around Tenno and Calvola with its typical drystone walls. It then plunges into the woods where the vegetation changes with the altitude. You have to stop off at the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which is the main focus of the hike and serves excellent food and rest.
Adjacent to the mountain hut San Pietro there's a tiny, old church, once a hermitage and pilgrimage point.
The hike can be shortened by cutting out the steep climb from Tenno and leaving the car at the junction for Ranciom/Treni where you can park for free. This eliminates most of the uphill section and turns the hike into a relaxing walk in the woods.
With aa short detour from Calvola, you can reach Canale di Tenno, one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.
This hike presents no particular difficulties, except for the the first section of the route, which is quite steep.
You need to be wearing 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?
What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):
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.
... 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.
For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:
APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it
You can get to Tenno (approx. 8 km from Riva del Garda) by the main road strada statale 421 (following directions for Tenno)
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
The free parking closest to the start of the trail is at the Town Hall. (Drive to the other side of town and on the final bend turn right and follow directions for the Town Hall - "municipio").