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Along the equipped trail "del Berghem" to San Martino and Malga Grassi

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An interesting hike, connecting Riva del Garda to the archaeological site of San Martino. The circular route allows you to continue to Capanna Grassi for the lunch and then return to Riva along the other mountain side 

Distance 17 km
6:30 h
1,068 m
1,066 m
1,114 m
117 m

The trail,which climbs the slopes of Rocchetta and Monte Tombio, heads up the valley of the Gamella stream,  a little known but spectacular area of Garda Trentino, rich in hidden waterfalls. 

It has small sections fitted with metal cables and steps; this is the reason why it is graded EE and should only be used by experienced hikers.

After the visit of the archaological area of San Martino, continue to Malga Grassi and stop off at Capanna Grassi, well known for the tasty local food. To return follow the "sentiero della pinza", which follow the other side of the valley leading you down to Riva del Garda. 

To shorten the walk, take the path SAT402 in Campi to go back. 

Author’s recommendation

The archeological site San Martino, is one of the most important and significant of Garda Trentino. 

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Update: February 22, 2022
Highest point
Capanna Grassi, 1,114 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 117 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 12.52%Dirt road 29.48%Forested/wild trail 8.38%Path 48.77%Road 0.83%
2.1 km
Dirt road
5 km
Forested/wild trail
1.4 km
8.3 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Rifugio Capanna Grassi

Safety information

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 and hints


Riva del Garda - San Giacomo (117 m)
45.896083, 10.835020
45°53'45.9"N 10°50'06.1"E
32T 642354 5084139
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Riva del Garda - San Giacomo

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the district of San Giacomo (to the north of the centre of Riva del Garda), take the road which heads up to the left. Here there is a plaque dedicating the trail to Claudio Fedrizzi. Continue to the left until you come to a steep uphill stretch as far as the old settlement Foci. A bridge crosses the ravine on the Albola stream. Here you leave the path which leads to the chapel of Santa Maria Maddalena and proceed uphill to the right on the steep slopes under Rochetta, aided by some metal cables, steps and handholds.
The trail offers dizzying views over the Albola valley and, after a section fitted with iron cables, leads to the spectacular and little known Ert waterfall. Two wooden gangways cross over to the other side of the valley and the slopes of Monte Tombio. An easy mule track takes you up through the woods till you come to a ledge fitted with metal cables. You can now see the town of Campi.

The track levels out and continues to Zumiani, passes among the houses and crosses the main road. On the right, a steep dirt track leads to the archaeological site of San Martino.

You can return from San Martino to Riva by heading down to Campi and taking the Pinza trail. Otherwise you can head on as far as Malga Grassi and from there to the mountain hut Rifugio Nino Pernici. At Malga Grassi you can also stop off at Capanna Grassi, well known for the tasty local food.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Riva del Garda is connected to ther centres of Garda Trentino with local buses. 
From the centre it takes about 20 minutes walking to the starting point of the trail. 

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino


Parking place in San Giacomo


45.896083, 10.835020
45°53'45.9"N 10°50'06.1"E
32T 642354 5084139
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino trekking map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 


You need to be wearing the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you take when you go on a hike?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

Emergency telephone number: 112

Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains. When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.

And finally... 
... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.

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Manfredo C. Frei
September 25, 2017 · Community
Schöne Tour abseits der "großen Bekannten" Die Tour verläuft mehr oder weniger im Schatten, ist also auch bei Hitze gut geeignet. Die Zeitangabe von 02:30 Stunden ist seeehr großzügig bemessen, denke die meisten sportlichen Wanderer sollten unter 2 Stunden auskommen. Zurück gibt es eine Alternative über den Sentiero Della Pinza, den haben wir aber leider nicht gefunden, da der auf unserer Karte leider nicht eingezeichnet war. Daher den Rückweg vorher checken, somit wär's ein schöner Rundweg. Für kleine Kinder eher nicht geeignet, da zumindest im ersten Drittel durchgehend Absturzgelände, wenn auch einem der Weg recht einfach erscheint bzw auch ist. Einmal "Hans kuck in die Luft" könnte hier schon ein trauriges Ende nehmen.
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17 km
6:30 h
1,068 m
1,066 m
Highest point
1,114 m
Lowest point
117 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Circular route Geological highlights Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Cultural/historical interest Secured passages


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