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