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GardaTrek Medium Loop 1: from Riva del Garda to Rifugio San Pietro

1 Mountain tour • Lake Garda
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Garda Trentino
  • View from the Bastione: Riva del Garda
    / View from the Bastione: Riva del Garda
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • The Bastione
    / The Bastione
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • Lake Tenno is renown for its changinc colour
    / Lake Tenno is renown for its changinc colour
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • On the trail right beside lake Tenno
    / On the trail right beside lake Tenno
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino (Promovideo), Garda Trentino
  • The trail SAT 406A
    / The trail SAT 406A
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (Promovideo), Garda Trentino
  • Casa Bastiani
    / Casa Bastiani
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (Promovideo), Garda Trentino
  • Mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro, end of the first stage
    / Mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro, end of the first stage
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (Promovideo), Garda Trentino
  • Rifugio San Pietro - panoramica dall'alto
    / Rifugio San Pietro - panoramica dall'alto
    Photo: Manuela Vivaldelli, Community
  • Il Rifugio San Pietro - foto Danny Photograpy
    / Il Rifugio San Pietro - foto Danny Photograpy
    Photo: Manuela Vivaldelli, Community
Map / GardaTrek Medium Loop 1: from Riva del Garda to Rifugio San Pietro
300 600 900 1200 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16

Start out with a hike through the valleys and mountain hamlets of Garda Trentino on little-frequented trails and country lanes.

difficult
17.3 km
8:05 h
1393 m
484 m

The first stage winds across the western part of Garda Trentino, for the most part in a mountain environment. Leaving the lake at your back, you head uphill to the north and pass through woods and farmland around the villages and towns.

This trek can normally be done all year round, but in the winter months you might come across some snow on the way. For this reason you should check the conditions of the trail if you are thinking of doing it from November to March.

Author’s recommendation

The trail touches on some points which are definitely worth a visit.
Just above the little town of Campi there is the archaeological site of San Martino where you can visit the remains of an ancient village beside a place of worship dating back to Pre-Roman times.
The Magnone stream which you cross to go up to Ville del Monte has gouged out a ravine here which is renowned for the colour of the rock and its lush vegetation. Canale di Tenno is a medieval village (mentioned in documents as far back as 1211) which belongs to the club of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy:  with its stone houses and narrow alleyways, time seems to stand still here! The arrival point for this stage is the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which was built on the foundations of an ancient hermitage. The chapel which is still in use is open to visitors.

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APT Garda Trentino
Updated: 2018-10-23

Difficulty
difficult
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Altitude
982 m
88 m
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Safety information

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the 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,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Equipment

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):

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whisltle to attract attention in an emergency
  • emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 118

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.

And finally...
... 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.

Tips, hints and links

  • The mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro has a limited number of beds. It is always advisable to contact the manager to check there are vacancies and book ahead. For info: www.rifugiosanpietro.eu
  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Riva del Garda - via Monte Oro (88 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.886590 N 10.837740 E
UTM
32T 642590 5083089

Destination

Mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro - Monte calino

Turn-by-turn directions

From via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, take the trail SAT 402 which follows the Old Pinza Road as far as the hamlet of Campi. Leave the trail in Parisi to visit the San Martino archaeological site; from here, head back down towards the town which you leave by the road. After a short distance, turn right onto a trail (Sentiero di Prà) which takes you first to Pranzo and then cross the ravine of the Magnone stream and head up the other side of the valley to Ville del Monte. It only takes a few minutes to get to Canale, a medieval village classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy  and – following signposts for SAT 406 – you come to Lake Tenno, which you can admire from above. Continue on the dirt road until you come across the signpost for SAT 406A, then follow this trail into the woods until you come to the dirt road for Sella del Calino. Here you go back onto SAT 406 which in no time takes you to the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro.

Public transport

If you want to cut the hike short before the San Pietro hut or get back down after sleeping over in the hut you can always get back to where you started from by bus from Ville del Monte or Tenno.
Make sure to consult the timetable first as buses are not that frequent. For info: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

The trail SAT 402/404, the departure point for this trek, is in via Monte Oro, near the covered car park.

For information on how to get to Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Parking

The nearest car park is the garage in Via Monte Oro (pay parking). There is also free parking at the old hospital in Riva del Garda (about 10 minutes on foot from the start of the trail)

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino TREKKING Map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online

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Manuela Vivaldelli
2017-10-24
Rifugio San Pietro - panoramica dall'alto
Rifugio San Pietro - panoramica dall'alto
Photo: Manuela Vivaldelli, Community

Manuela Vivaldelli
2017-10-24
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Il Rifugio San Pietro - foto Danny Photograpy
Il Rifugio San Pietro - foto Danny Photograpy
Photo: Manuela Vivaldelli, Community

Reviews
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
17.3 km
Duration
8:05 h
Ascent
1393 m
Descent
484 m
Stage tour Nice views With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value

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