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High above the Sarca Valley (Colodri - Colt)

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  • Monte Colodri
    / Monte Colodri
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Daniele Lira, Garda Trentino
  • The "roman bridge" in Ceniga
    / The "roman bridge" in Ceniga
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Foto Promovideo, Garda Trentino
  • The hermitage San Paolo
    / The hermitage San Paolo
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Foto Patrizia N. Matteotti, Garda Trentino
Map / High above the Sarca Valley (Colodri - Colt)
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A hike along the Colodri and Colt ridges, natural balconies overlooking the Sarca Valley. Please note this trail is only for sure-footed experienced hikers!

moderate
9.3 km
2:59 h
529 m
523 m

The hike starts in the centre of Arco and covers the rocky area which culminates at the top of the cliff where Arco Castle is located. The trail runs along the summit, above the sheer wall of the Monte Colodri ferrata, one of the most popular ferratas in Garda Trentino (an easy via ferrata which is even suited to beginners)

Author’s recommendation

The Colodri and Colt peaks are marked by large crosses.
The cross on Monte Colt was erected by the Ceniga Community in the Holy Year 1933/34, and offers a marvellous view over Ceniga, Dro, Paganella Peak and Stivo. At the top of Colodri, you can leave a message in the visitor's book at the cross. Heading down towards Ceniga, you come to the Roman bridge and the beach underneath where in summer you can always stop for a refreshing dip in the river

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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: February 11, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
418 m
Lowest point
90 m
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Safety information

For experienced hikers, be careful on the exposed or steep stretches where the going is rough with loose rock underfoot

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

This trail has no bolted sections or via ferrata so there is no need for a helmet or ferrata kit

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
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency
  • emergency telephone number: 112

 

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

  • After the Roman bridge of Ceniga, on the way back to Arco, just beneath the rocky walls of Monte Colt, you can see the Hermitage Eremo di San Paolo. It was built in 1186 and has frescos on the interior and exterior walls. It is usually open to visitors during the summer.
  • 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

Arco centre (101 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.919538, 10.886153
UTM
32T 646260 5086837

Destination

Arco centre

Turn-by-turn directions

Head uphill from the centre of Arco towards the Parco Arciducale in the direction of Laghel. Follow the old Stations of the Cross which takes you up a valley planted with olive groves. Shortly before the chapel of Santa Maria di Laghel, turn right onto the Sentiero dei Lecci as far as the summit Cima del Monte Colodri. Retrace your steps as far as the climbing crag “Muro dell’Asino”, head 50 metres down the  Sentiero dei Lecci trail until you come to a turn-off on the right running along the base of the cliff. This takes you to the col between Monte Colodri and Monte Colt. Follow SAT 431 to the summit of Monte Colt. When you come to a little valley you leave SAT 431 and turn onto a dirt road which leads down to the left to another dirt road which brings you from Laghel to Ceniga. Follow it to the right until you come to the Sarca Valley at the Roman bridge in Ceniga. From here you can head back to Arco along the tarmac road on the right  hand side of the River Sarca, along the base of the crag Falesie di San Paolo where you can see the Hermitage of San Paolo (Return trip takes about 50 minutes)

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arco is connected with all the other towns in Garda Trentino, as well as Trento and Rovereto by a number of different bus lines. For information and bus times: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

You can get to Arco from Trento (about 35km) by the main road strada statale 45 bis, from the motorway exit Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord (18 km) by the main road statale 240. For other information on how to get to Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Parking

Free parking in the centre along via Capitelli and side streets

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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Reviews

5.0
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Dirk Görres 
June 30, 2019 · Community
Schöne relativ leichte Tour über den Colodri. Danach dann ein erfrischendes Bad in der Sarca mit leichter Strömung an der alten Brücke von Ceniga :-)
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Done at June 23, 2019
Christo Hutschel
May 31, 2014 · Community
Ein leichter Einsteigerklettersteig (B) bei Arco. Nicht allzu schwer, auch für Kinder geeignet. Mit tollen Blicken auf Arco, den Gardasee und die Burg von Arco. Der Steig ist ideal als Eingehtour, kaum ausgesetzte Passagen 300 Hm, 2,5 Std danach Cappuccinotrinken in der malerischen Altstadt von Arco. Sharing is caring: Wenn dir das kleine Video Dir gefällt - bitte teilen. Dankeschön. http://youtu.be/XA0O8hqMmjM
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Done at May 09, 2014
Photo: Christo Hutschel, Community
Photo: Christo Hutschel, Community
Photo: Christo Hutschel, Community
Photo: Christo Hutschel, Community

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
2:59 h
Ascent
529 m
Descent
523 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Summit route

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