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732. Ponale - Rifugio "Nino Pernici"

11 Mountainbiking • Lake Garda
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Garda Trentino
  • On the old Ponale road
    / On the old Ponale road
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • The mountain hut Nino Pernici
    / The mountain hut Nino Pernici
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • The old Ponale road: a must-do in Garda Trentino
    / The old Ponale road: a must-do in Garda Trentino
    Video: Garda Trentino - Lago di Garda
Map / 732. Ponale - Rifugio "Nino Pernici"

Attention! The old Ponale road is closed at the moment. 

39.1 km
8:49 h
2073 m
2073 m

Riva del Garda, piazza III Novembre, Ponale road, Prè diLedro, Molina di Ledro, Lake Ledro, loc. Pur, Pieve di Ledro,valle di Concei, Lenzumo, Rifugio Nino Pernici, Capanna Grassi, Malga Grassi, Campi,Pinza, Via Lavino Riva del Garda, Riva del Garda.


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We are currently working on maintenance and signposting on this trail. While work is under way, we might find better variants: for this reason there might be slight difference between the trail description and the actual itinerary. We will fix this as soon as we finish the work. We are currently revising description and details of the tour as well. Thanks for your patience!

Author’s recommendation

This all mountain tour is suitable also for fat bikes User
APT Garda Trentino
Updated: 2018-11-19

1576 m
66 m
Best time of year

Tips, hints and links

  • This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. A summary of the legislation is available on our website:
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation: 
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Riva del Garda (68 m)
45.884883 N 10.843717 E
32T 643058 5082910

Turn-by-turn directions

This is a quite challenging route but it is varied and great fun. You leave from the Garda Trentino Tourist Information Office in Riva del Garda. With the tourist office at your back, take the cycle path as far as Museo della Rocca, then head along the lake shore as far as Piazza III Novembre. From the piazza, follow the little harbour until you come to the main road and then head south. Before the tunnel, turn right and start to climb. This is the only real uphill stretch on all the “Ponale” area and it is quite short. Now head downhill and immediately turn left at the start of the Ponale road. Head uphill for about 2.5 kilometres on a mainly dirt road which passes through some tunnels. Along this stretch you have some breathtaking views of Lake Garda so a stop-off is highly recommended. Continue, leaving the Bar Ponale Alto Belvedere on your left. Now you ride on tarmac as far as the junction where you turn right towards Valle di Ledro. The road rises, cutting across the mountainside. At the end of the road you come to the main road and, after just a few metres, take the first road on the left, following directions for Pregasina. After the bridge, take the dirt cycle path on the right. The road alternates gentle uphill stretches and sections which are practically flat until you come to Prè di Ledro. Cycle through the hamlet and continue on tarmac for a while before it changes to dirt road once more. Once you have passed a steep stretch surfaced in cement, you come to the hamlet of Molina di Ledro. Continue along the cycle path and, when you reach the main road, follow signposts for the Museo delle Palafitte di Ledro. Here you follow the lake shore, passing through Pur, the beginning of a  short uphill stretch at the end of which you turn right. This is the start of a fun downhill stretch of dirt road which soon levels off. The track ends in front of a sailing club. Here you turn right and cycle past some camp sites in via Alzer and follow the main road. Go straight on at the roundabout, crossing the road and entering the town of Pieve di Ledro. Cycle through the town and turn left into Via Sant'Antonio and take the old road. At the end of this section which is for pedestrians and bicycles only, turn right onto the road which takes you into the lovely Valle di Concei valley. The road climbs gently uphill, with no particular difficulties, on tarmac. Before you come to Lenzumo, turn right and follow directions for the Rifugio Nino Pernici hut. The road rises steadily through woods on tarmac. Leaving the woods behind you, you now find yourself on a dirt road. You come to Malga Trat and, after a short downhill stretch, head uphill again, still on a dirt road, to “Bocca Trat”: turn right and, in the distance, you can already see the mountain hut Rifugio Nino Pernici, which is your final destination.


The return journey
Head down from Rifugio Nino Pernici to “Bocca Trat”, then turn right and head downhill. The dirt road has some very steep downhill stretches, other sections are very uneven, so it is recommended you take it slow. If needs be, you can always get off and push your bike.

Once you are out of the woods, you will find yourself on meadows near Malga Grassi. Keep to the dirt road which has a compact surface which makes for fast going. Now you come to an tarmac road. On a straight stretch, on your left, you will see the San Martino excavations which are well worth a visit. Once you come to Campi, follow directions for Pinza. Now you are on a mixed surface, part dirt road, part cement. Take it easy, seeing how steep some sections are, and you will quickly come to Riva del Garda. At the bottom of the hill you are in Via Ardaro. At the stop sign continue downhill to the left until you come to the roundabout with the Church of Santa Maria Inviolata. Stay on the right and follow directions for the post office of Riva del Garda. At the post office roundabout turn right again into Via Filzi and shortly afterwards you are back at the point from where you started.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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

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Comments and ratings (17)

Paolo Mainardi
Bel giro nel complesso, unica pecca il tratto di discesa tra il Rifugio Pernici e la Malga Grassi non adatta ai neofiti.

Nils K
Der Uphill zum Rifugio ist sehr gut zu 90% geteert und dann auf Schotter. Allerdings ist der Downhill bis Campi wirklich nicht schön. Es geht nur durch mangogroße Felsbrocken und ein kurzes Zwischenstück ist so steil und unwegsam das man schieben muss was ja nicht schlimm wäre. Allerdings ist dort die Böschung abgesackt sodas der Weg nur 30cm breit ist uns es neben einem gut 10m senkrecht geht. Wirklich gefährlich beim vorbei schieben/tragen. Wenn die Route gerade neu beschildert wird sollte man vielleicht eine andere Abfahrt bis Campi finden. Ab Campi dann sehr gut mit der Abfahrt die man auch von der 735 oder 734 kennt.

Thomas Sepp
Sehr schöne Tour, vor allen für die, die längere Anstiege lieben. Das Rifugio Pernici liegt traumhaft, weniger traumhaft war für mich ein Teil der Abfahrt. Man muss loses Geröll und große Steine lieben. Der ein mags der andere nicht. Ansonsten heißt es immer mal wieder ein Stück schieben. Nervig ist es in der Hauptreisezeit auf der Ponalesstraße. Hier denkt mittlerweile jeder, das er da hoch fahren muss. Ob unerfahren oder untrainiert mit dem E-Bike oder dem City Bike, es ist ziemlich nervig. Ambesten früh morgens um 06.00 Uhr oder in der Mittagszeit wenn es richtig heiß ist, da ist deutlich weniger Betrieb.
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Aauffahrt zum Rifugio Pernici
Aauffahrt zum Rifugio Pernici
Photo: Thomas Sepp, Community
Noch ein paar Meter dann ist es geschafft
Noch ein paar Meter dann ist es geschafft
Photo: Thomas Sepp, Community
Traumhafte Lage  des Rifugio
Traumhafte Lage des Rifugio
Photo: Thomas Sepp, Community
Hier nochmal ein Blick zurück, das härteste ist geschafft
Hier nochmal ein Blick zurück, das härteste ist geschafft
Photo: Thomas Sepp, Community

39.1 km
8:49 h
2073 m
2073 m
Round tour Nice views With refreshment stops


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