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770. On the Monte Brione (All Mountain)

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  • Mountain bike al Lago di Garda: 770. Giro del Monte Brione (All Mountain)
    / Mountain bike al Lago di Garda: 770. Giro del Monte Brione (All Mountain)
    Video: Outdooractive
  • / The ascent to Monte Brione between the olive trees with Lake Garda in the background
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Entry to the trail on Monte Brione
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The area of the "central battery" on the Monte Brione
    Photo: R. Vuilleumier (APT Garda Trentino), Garda Trentino
  • / View from the fort "Batteria di Mezzo"
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / A section of the trail in direction Sant'Alessandro
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
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From any point of Alto Garda you can see the hill of Monte Brione in the centre of the valley. It makes for a lovely walk, but here we tell you how to visit on two wheels!
7.1 km
1:15 h
269 m
269 m

The route develops largely among olive groves, reaching one of the best historical points of interest in Alto Garda: ‘Batteria di Mezzo’, a military battery at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian defensive system of Alto Garda (Festung Abschnitt). In addition to this battery, the defence line included the other nearby forts of San Nicolò, Garda and Sant’Alessandro (near to the summit).

The proposed descent to the village of Sant’Alessandro itself, in its first stretch, is rather technical with steps, and some loose, fairly sized rocks. In all - the descent is approximately 300 metres, and we would advise those who aren’t confident with technical descents to ‘walk the bike’ down or simply return via the way of arrival.

If you do choose to tackle the descent, remember that this route is also frequented by many hikers, therefore please moderate your speed and give them priority.

Author’s recommendation

Monte Brione was considered a strategic point for the control of the Austro-Hungarian border, and climbing up, it is easy to understand the reason.
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Valentina Bellotti
Updated: May 07, 2020
S3 difficult
Highest point
Monte Brione, 336 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 67 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

L’Ora - San Nicolò (Ristorante-Pizzeria-Gelateria)

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

  • 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.


Riva del Garda - Harbour San Nicolò (69 m)
45.879031, 10.858504
45°52'44.5"N 10°51'30.6"E
32T 644220 5082286


Riva del Garda - Harbour San Nicolò

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of the tour is near to Porto San Nicolò, in Riva del Garda.

First cross Viale Rovereto onto Via Brione, and after a few dozen metres turn right onto Via Monte Brione. From here you can begin to follow the track, and route signs for 770 that guide you up hill. The constant gradient of almost 10% leads to a quick altitude gain, and the view of Riva del Garda becomes more wonderful with every hairpin. After about 2.5 km, on your right, you’ll reach a dirt road, partially closed by a barrier. Here the route signage directs you to continue straight. However, the track suggests keeping right to join the forest road instead. So, following the track, turn to the right, passing the barrier and continuing onto the dirt road. After just over 500m, you will reach the ‘Batteria di Mezzo’. By dismounting your bike and walking around to the front of the fort, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent panorama of Alto Garda.

The forest road continues up another 500m where you’d find yourself within a naturale reserve. The road stops here, so if needs be simply retrace it back to the previous barrier. Anyone wishing to avoid the technical descent can decide to keep left here, and return back to the starting point via the same route of arrival. However, for the technical descent, turn right, and after about 700m - on your left, you’ll see the entrance to the path. Reaching a cement road - follow it downhill until the village of Sant'Alessandro. Here, go straight to arrive at the stop sign on Via Sant’Alessandro. Cross the road and continue straight onto a gravel road. Continuing in this direction, first on the cycle path, then on a secondary road between the hotels, you’ll once again arrive at Porto San Nicolò, the route starting point.


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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:

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:

Info about bike public transport:

Getting there

Porto San Nicolò is located on the main road that connects Riva del Garda to Torbole sul Garda and is easily accessed by the cycle path that connects the two centres.

Getting to northern Lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


Ample paid parking available in Porto San Nicolò.


45.879031, 10.858504
45°52'44.5"N 10°51'30.6"E
32T 644220 5082286
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

Book recommendations for this region:

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Recommended maps for this region:

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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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Dominik Schön
August 27, 2020 · Community
Top Tour! Mit S3 hat das aber wenig zu tun. Nicht sehr steil und alles sehr gut fahrbar bei nicht völlig verkorkster Linienwahl. Für Einsteiger natürlich trotzdem nichts.
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Completed this Route on August 27, 2020
Karin Amsler 
October 12, 2019 · Community
Angenehme Steigung auf Asphalt und leicht mulmiges Gefühl kurz vor dem Singletrail, wo es von der Strasse in den steilen Wanderweg wechselt. Da ich nicht sooo geübt bin (technisch nicht top), musste ich 3mal absteigen und kurze Passagen schieben (im obersten Teil des Wanderweges). Kann die Tour aber trotzdem weiterempfehlen, hat wirklich Spass gemacht!
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Completed this Route on October 12, 2019
Lu Hi
September 14, 2019 · Community
Top kurze Runde für Morgens oder Abends "zwischendurch". Spaßige schnelle kurze Abfahrt über einige Felsen, danach Asphalt. Schöne Aussicht oben.
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Completed this Route on September 10, 2019
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S3 difficult
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269 m
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