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GardaTrek Medium Loop 1: from Riva del Garda to Rifugio San Pietro

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m 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 -200 20 15 10 5 km Rifugio San Pietro Canale di Tenno medieval village Lift to the Bastione Church San Pietro - Monte Calino Archaeological site … Campi
Start out with a hike through the valleys and mountain hamlets of Garda Trentino on little-frequented trails and country lanes and enjoyed the quietness of the route.
Distance 23.3 km
10:40 h
1,434 m
1,308 m
976 m
89 m

The first stage winds across the western part of Garda Trentino, for the most part in a mountain environment. Leaving the lake at your back, you head uphill to the north and pass through woods and farmland around the villages and towns.

The trail touches on some points which are definitely worth a visit. Just above the little town of Campi there is the archaeological site of San Martino where you can visit the remains of an ancient village beside a place of worship dating back to Pre-Roman times.The Magnone stream which you cross to go up to Ville del Monte has gouged out a ravine here which is renowned for the colour of the rock and its lush vegetation. Canale di Tenno is a medieval village, which is worth a visit. The arrival point for this stage is the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which was built on the foundations of an ancient hermitage. The chapel which is still in use is open to visitors.

This trek can normally be done all year round, but in the winter months you might come across some snow on the way. Check the conditions of the trail if you are thinking of doing it from November to March. In this period it's advisable to check as well the opening of moutain huts and accommodation along the route, as they might be closed.  

Author’s recommendation

Canale di Tenno is a medieval village, which belongs to the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy:  with its stone houses and narrow alleyways, time seems to stand still here
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Update: November 18, 2022
Highest point
Rifugio San Pietro, 976 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 89 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 16.34%Dirt road 10.18%Forested/wild trail 35.46%Path 29.92%Road 8.07%
3.8 km
Dirt road
2.4 km
Forested/wild trail
8.3 km
7 km
1.9 km
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Rest stops

Canale di Tenno medieval village
Rifugio San Pietro

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 - via Monte Oro (88 m)
45.886864, 10.837736
45°53'12.7"N 10°50'15.8"E
32T 642589 5083119
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Mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro - Monte calino

Turn-by-turn directions

From via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, take the trail SAT 402 "La Pinza" up to the intersection on the right, that leads to the waterfall "Cascata dell'Ert". The itinerary continues then on the trail SAT 434 "Claudio Fedrizzi". It will take you to the little village of Campi and, a little further uphill, to the archeological site San Martino. After visiting the site, follow the trail SAT 434 backwards to Campi, till you meet the main road. Take it in direction Pranzo (downhill); after a short distance, turn right onto a trail which takes you first to Pranzo and then (Sentiero di Prà) cross the ravine of the Magnone stream and head up the other side of the valley to Ville del Monte. It only takes a few minutes to get to Canale, a medieval village classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy  and – following signposts for SAT 406 – you come to Lake Tenno, which you can admire from above. Continue on the dirt road until you come across the signpost for SAT 406A, then follow this trail into the woods until you come to the dirt road for Bastiani. Here you go back onto SAT 406 which in no time takes you to the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro.


 To shorten the hike, follow the sign SAT 406 from Canale di Tenno towards Monte Calino / Rifugio San Pietro.


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Public transport

If you want to cut the hike short before the San Pietro hut or get back down after sleeping over in the hut you can always get back to where you started from by bus from Ville del Monte or Tenno.

N.B. Buses are not very frequent

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

Getting there

The trail SAT 402/404, the departure point for this trek, is in via Monte Oro, near the covered car park.

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino



The nearest car park is the garage in Via Monte Oro (pay parking). There is also free parking at the old hospital in Riva del Garda (about 10 minutes on foot from the start of the trail)


45.886864, 10.837736
45°53'12.7"N 10°50'15.8"E
32T 642589 5083119
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
  • whisltle 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Paz Bechor · April 02, 2022 · Community
San Pietro hut is closed..Is there an alternative ?
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At the moment San Pietro is closed, but it should reopen soon. Alternative accommodation are in Tenno.
Question from valentina marenzi · June 15, 2020 · Community
È ancora chiuso?
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Buongiorno Valentina, sia l'itinerario che il Rifugio sono aperti. Relativamente a quest'ultimo ti consiglio di contattarlo per prenotare.


Manuela Vivaldelli
October 24, 2017 · Community
Il Rifugio San Pietro - foto Danny Photograpy
Photo: Manuela Vivaldelli, Community

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23.3 km
10:40 h
1,434 m
1,308 m
Highest point
976 m
Lowest point
89 m
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