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738. Lago di Tenno - Ballino

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  • mountain biking trail at Lake Garda: 738. Lago di Tenno - Ballino
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  • / View of Lake Tenno from the state road towards Ballino
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Bike towards Lake Tenno
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  • / View on Lake Garda and the village of Canale di Tenno
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The pavement of the old road towards Canale di Tenno
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
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A short loop for everyone around one of the pearls of Trentino: Lake Tenno. Famous for its colour, it’s the ideal destination in every season.
9.3 km
1:21 h
227 m
227 m

This route is suited to a day of leisure and relaxation where a swim in the clear waters of Lake Tenno can be enjoyed. Or perhaps as a complement to one of the other route itineraries; 736, 737 or 739.
Much of the initial climbing develops along the main road that leads to the Ballino Pass. Despite the fact that the route starts out on the asphalt, the lake’s beauty can still be admired from afar. The gradients throughout vary but never exceed 10%. Then again, the climb to reach the forest in the Castil area requires a good effort! From here, you continue on an easy forest road through the woods, until you reach the beautiful Lake of Tenno. The descent has no particular difficulties except the terrain is sometimes a bit loose and there are two barriers to overcome on the sides of the road.

Author’s recommendation

Do not forget your swimming costume /trunks in the summer!
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Valentina Bellotti
Updated: March 03, 2021
S1 easy
Highest point
Castil, 813 m
Lowest point
Lago di Tenno, 590 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Lake Tenno - A turquoise diamond
Canale di Tenno medieval village

Safety information


  • 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


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

On hot summer days it is a pleasure to swim in the clear, fresh waters of Lake Tenno. However it is important to respect the signs indicating the prohibition of cycling on the shoreline.
With a small detour, you can also easily reach Canale di Tenno: a quaint, medieval village considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.

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 -

The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.


Lake Tenno - parking place (599 m)
45.935548, 10.812560
45°56'08.0"N 10°48'45.2"E
32T 640512 5088483


Lake Tenno - parking place

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts from the car park near to Lake Tenno. From here follow the main road towards Ballino Pass. When you reach the church at the village of Ballino, turn right following the route directions. Continue uphill towards the village of Castil: facing the most challenging climb of the route. The signposts for route 738 are always clear, and while coasting along the other side of the loop, the lake starts to become visible.

Shortly after passing it, staying on the easy forest path, you’ll reach an old road that leads to the village of 'Canale di Tenno’. If the day is clear from here you can see the mighty Lake Garda - to the right and the village, straight ahead. At the first junction turn right and, after a short gravel road, utilising the route signs, return to the starting point on a quiet side road.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Riva del Garda and Lake Tenno are served by an extra-urban bus line with infrequent journeys. For info:

Also, from June to September the BiciBusTrek service is active with a stop at the car park from where this itinerary departs. For info:

Info about bike public transport:

Getting there

The lake of Tenno is about 12 km from Riva del Garda and can be reached by taking the SS241

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


Paid parking is available at the lake of Tenno. The nearest free parking is in Ville del Monte (about 1.5 km from the lake). 


45.935548, 10.812560
45°56'08.0"N 10°48'45.2"E
32T 640512 5088483
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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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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S1 easy
9.3 km
227 m
227 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Loop Refreshment stops available


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