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734. Malga Grassi

· 20 reviews · Mountainbiking · Garda Trentino
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  • mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 734. Malga Grassi
    / mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 734. Malga Grassi
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  • / Malga Pranzo
    Photo: LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / The Pichea group in the background
    Photo: LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / The meadows next to Malga Grassi
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The meadows next to Malga Grassi
    Photo: LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / The descent from Malga Grassi to Campi
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The village of Campi
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Campi near the old church of San Rocco
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Passage on the first part of "Pinza"
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
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A classic of Garda Trentino with climbs to satisfy the most serious cyclist. The route is also suitable for the battery charge of current e-bikes. The first part has an insidious (but avoidable) descent

 

 

moderate
23.8 km
4:45 h
1112 m
1112 m

The 734 route is suitable for All Mountain bikes, or avoiding the first downhill stretch, also Cross Country. The ascent, with an altitude difference of just over 1000 meters develops largely on asphalt, dirt and gravel sections. The average gradient is just under 10%, however at some points it reaches and surpasses 15%. The first descent really is wild: you’ll either love it or hate it! The rocky ground is very loose and for those who don’t have confidence on this type of terrain, it could prove a bit too challenging.

There is the option instead to descend from Campi, where the terrain is much more stable with a gradually increasing gradient. The final part, on concrete, exceeds 20% with a breathtaking view of Riva and Alto Garda.
Take note: when descending it is advisable to check your speed and brake using the front and rear brakes - especially during the autumn season or when the ground is wet.

Be careful: after Malga Grassi there is a 500 m detour to avoid a landslide. 

Author’s recommendation

With a small detour, you can visit the quaint village of Pranzo, where there is a fresh, cool fountain near to the church

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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: September 01, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Malga Grassi, 1170 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 69 m
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Rest Stop

CAPANNA GRASSI

Safety information

BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !

Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.

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.

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: www.gardatrentino.it
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation:
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it
  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.

Start

Riva del Garda - Ingarda Trentino Tourist Office (68 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.884900, 10.844759
DMS
45°53'05.6"N 10°50'41.1"E
UTM
32T 643139 5082913
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Destination

Riva del Garda - Ingarda Trentino Tourist Office

Turn-by-turn directions

The route departs from Riva del Garda, next to the Garda Trentino Tourist office.
You must pass through the old town where there is no route signage. So, from the tourist office head north to the roundabout, keeping left to take the cycle path of via Dante Alighieri. Once you reach Viale Roma, turn right and follow the road to take the next turn left onto Viale Pilati. At the junction turn right onto viale Giovanni Prati and continue straight onto Via Ardaro.

Here the climbing starts gently, but prepare yourself for the very different gradients ahead. After crossing the village of San Giacomo, a little before reaching the crossroads you will see the signage for MTB route 734. Follow it to cross the road where you must take the steep slope on your right which runs along the Albola stream.

The slope reaches 20% here and at the first fork, led by the signage, keep right where you can catch your breath for a few metres. Follow the narrow dirt road which will join with the provincial road toward Lake Tenno. At one of its hairpin bends, keep to the left taking a disused dirt track. The steepest stretch of climb is behind you at this point, but the ascents are still challenging. The alternative is to follow the normal/main road up to Pranzo, as do many road cyclists.

If you have the strength to stay on the dirt road, continue as indicated until you meet the asphalt road again, follow this for a few hundred meters, up to the next bend at Deva. Following the curve of the road, spot the sign leading you sharp right, continuing to climb again a dirt/gravel section eventually returning to the main road leading to Pranzo.

After passing through the narrow passageway regulated by a traffic light, follow the signs left to leave the provincial road for Lake Tenno and continue through the famous chestnut groves of the area. Back on the normal road there is a short stretch through a tunnel to reach Campi. From here it is easy to follow the signs to reach the Capanna Grassi refuge: the half way point of the route. The Refuge is unmissable stop for the Trentino regulars and a great opportunity to take a break and get some water.

For your descent from the rifugio there is the previously proposed wild option of the very challenging, loose terrain. However, if you do not feel not confident with this then the easiest option would be to return to Riva, via Campi following the same path of ascent.   

On the other hand there’s also the option to follow the signs for route 735, which rejoins you with route 734. Doing this would give you the opportunity to tackle the famous old “Pinza” road descent. If instead you are determined and feeling brave enough to face the complete descent, follow the route signs near to the refuge and continue on, crossing the beautiful meadows on a convenient dirt road.

Entering the wood, and crossing the stream you will face a short climb.

N.B. In the vicinity of the stream, part of the path has collapsed due to a small landslide, so pay attention because the passage is currently rather tight.  Having passed that section, the rocky downhill adventure begins! There are a few forks in the descent which are signposted and the last section is on concrete. All going well, you will pass by the characteristic San Rocco church following the path until the entrance of the Pinza on your right. From here the terrain returns to a more forgiving gravel kind. Take the time to enjoy the panorama, but please check your speed: even though the path is quite large, some sections are a little more dangerous. By the last section, on cement your brakes will be very hot. Finishing the descent you are practically at the entrance to the centre of Riva del Garda, your starting point.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the trail. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

Info about bike public transport: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

To reach the start of this route it is necessary to go through the old town of Riva del Garda, using the bicycle lanes and main roads.

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it 

Parking

Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa). Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths,  Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, Blue Garden.

Coordinates

DD
45.884900, 10.844759
DMS
45°53'05.6"N 10°50'41.1"E
UTM
32T 643139 5082913
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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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Equipment

Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112


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Reviews

3.5
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Bob Kroese
September 28, 2020 · Community
I tried this route because they closed another one, just like that. Most of the time the track goes uphill, over paved roads. Really boring and tough, unless you are practicing for the Giro. Once you reach the top, the route changes in a rocky, dangerous and steep downhill part. Maybe when you do this route more often this is fun, but for me it was not a nice surprise after all the hard work. Beside of that, a lot of signs are missing, really annoying. I told the lady at the tourist information point about that, but 'it was not her job' so nobody will do anything about it.
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Wo Ri
August 25, 2020 · Community
Schöne Auffahrt auf Teer und Schotter. Wer sich zu Beginn Kräfte sparen will, bleibt auf der Straße. Tolle Rast am Rifugio Grassi mit herrlichem Ausblick. Abfahrt zu Beginn Gardasee üblich verblockt, jedoch mit etwas Fahrtechnik gut machbar. Der Rest ist sehr einfach und schön fahrbar. In Summe für mich zu wenig Trail für 1000hm Auffahrt. Daher nur *** von mir. Landschaftlich aber sehenswert.
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June 06, 2020 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
23.8 km
Duration
4:45h
Ascent
1112 m
Descent
1112 m
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