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743. Mandrea - Bocca di Tovo - Tenno (All Mountain)

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  • The tough climb to Padaro in a clear fall day
    / The tough climb to Padaro in a clear fall day
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • View from the steep road in direction Padaro
    / View from the steep road in direction Padaro
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • The uphill stretch on Doss del Clef
    / The uphill stretch on Doss del Clef
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • The uphill stretch on Doss del Clef
    / The uphill stretch on Doss del Clef
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • A section of the trail near Bocca di Tovo
    / A section of the trail near Bocca di Tovo
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • Riding downhill in the woods around Treni
    / Riding downhill in the woods around Treni
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The trail between Ville del Monte and Tenno
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Ph. LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
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This is a challenging tour and greatly rewarding in terms of scenery and natural surroundings. Certain gradients must not be underestimated, even if you are using pedal assist 

35.3 km
7:37 h
3090 m
2367 m

The ascent which takes you from the olive groves of Arco towards Padaro is a tough one. Stretches of dirt road and cement road alternate and the gradient can exceed 20% in places. Then there is a long stretch with a gradient of close to 10% before continuing the climb on a well-tended forestry trail.

The first stretch of the descent is quite technical, initially on a rocky surface, loose in points and with some steps. Then the surface becomes gradually smoother and more stable with a series of sharp narrow turns. Once you get past this point, there are no more particularly technical parts and you will cover several stretches on paved road punctuated by some short ascents. Given the weather conditions of recent years, this trail is open all year round. If you have a limited supply of water on the uphill stretch, you are advised to fill up at the fountain you will find at the entrance to the village of Padaro. User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: February 25, 2019

S2 difficult
Highest point
1095 m
Lowest point
79 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

NOTE: There is a downhill run on this trail only suited to expert bikers!



  • 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.


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

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


Arco - parking place in Caneve (84 m)
45.916470, 10.889164
32T 646501 5086502


Arco - Piazza III Novembre

Turn-by-turn directions

The track provided gives the starting point as Arco; the cycle path near the Caneve car park, to be exact. Following the initial directions you head towards the town centre where you will find no signposts telling you which way to go. Nonetheless, it is easy to see and get to the church in the town centre, and cross Piazza III Novembre leaving the building behind you. At the left end of the square, at the start of via Vergolano, turn into the lane on your right and immediately turn left into Via del Dosso. Follow the old-fashioned laneway which leads into the historic part of Arco and continue on down via Stranfora. Keep on straight leaving the little church of San Bernardino on your left. When you have passed the old fountain, head uphill a short distance before turning left through the ancient walls (Porta Stranfora). Continue on to the right past the entrance to the Parco Arciducale and then turn left. At the next junctions you will find signposting for our trail which is marked number 743, leading across the olive groves, the Olivaia di Arco. In some stretches here the gradient is really demanding.

When you come to the paved road, keep to the right and follow directions for Padaro, about a kilometre away. Continue for another 4.5 km on the main road with a constant gradient of close to 10%. Shortly after the panoramic viewing point called Sas della Vecia, you come to Doss del Cléf. Follow directions and take the forest roadl which you find on your left. Pass the barrier and, finally on a dirt track, continue your climb with the classic panoramas for which the Alto Garda area is renowned.

Following the main track, you come to the highest point on this trail at Bocca di Tovo. Here take the trail on your left and you immediately find yourself on the most difficult part. The terrain is initially rocky and loose but then it gets gradually more stable with a series of narrow bends. When you come to the end of the trail, keep going down the well-signposted forest roads, passing through Treni and Ranciom. When you come to the open space at the Calino Cross, a minor detour will take you to one of the most panoramic mountain huts on this side: Rifugio San Pietro, which is clearly signposted from here.

Otherwise, keep following the trail signposting and continue with your descent on the paved road, going down as far as the junction with the road for Tenno. You are now in the vicinity of Ville del Monte. At the stop sign continue to the left until you come to the nearby church where you immediately turn right. The directions for the trail will only be visible when you are in front of the church. Follow the directions, take the dirt road which leads in the direction of Tenno. You will come back onto the main road near the medieval village, then turn left uphill for a short stretch. On the second bend in the road, follow directions and stay on the right and continue on side roads in the direction of Volta di No. Once you get there, follow the directions towards Varignano where the descent comes to an end. All that remains is for you to head back to the nearby centre of Arco where you originally started from.

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 or at a very close distance. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes:

Info about bike public transport:

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:


Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre.
Further Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).

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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S2 difficult
35.3 km
7:37 h
3090 m
2367 m
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