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Bocca Fortini - Tour

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  • Piazza III Novembre in Riva del Garda
    Piazza III Novembre in Riva del Garda
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Very scenic tour linking Lake Garda and Lake Ledro.

Distance 34.8 km
6:00 h
1,530 m
1,530 m
1,285 m
66 m

Signage: 776. Bocca Fortini - Tour

The first stretch of the tour follows the Ponale Trail and the torrent which gives its name to this beautiful trail. From Molina, the ascent to Bocca Fortini is quite steep, but well-shaded. After Bocca the Fortini the landscape opens up and the view of Lake Garda accompanies us for the rest of the route via Passo Guil, Passo Rocchetta, Bocca Larici and Pregasina.


Author’s recommendation

Once you reach Lake Ledro don’t miss the chance to go for a refreshing swim!

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Update: March 24, 2023
Highest point
Bocca dei Fortini, 1,285 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 66 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 38.04%Dirt road 43.60%Forested/wild trail 0.24%Path 9.03%Road 9.07%
13.2 km
Dirt road
15.2 km
Forested/wild trail
0.1 km
3.1 km
3.2 km
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Rest stops

Rifugio Baita Segala

Safety information

ITRS - International Trail Rating System

The ITRS is an objective way to assess trails and routes from a biker’s perspective, evaluating four aspects:

  • Technical Difficulty: riding skill level needed
  • Endurance: combined effect of length, uphill and downhill
  • Wilderness: amount of planning required based on mobile phone reception, rescue options, water supply and wildlife
  • Exposure: consequences of a fall

Discover more about the ITRS system and check the classification of this tour in the photo gallery.


Safety Tips

  • Always wear your helmet.
  • Plan your ride.
  • You 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 public and private property.
  • Always be self-sufficient.
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas.

This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.

Tips and hints

For more information on routes, bike services (rentals, workshops, shops) and cycling friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444



Riva del Garda (67 m)
45.884951, 10.844783
45°53'05.8"N 10°50'41.2"E
32T 643140 5082919


Bocca Fortini

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts out on the lake front in Riva del Garda, in front of the Garda Trentino tourist information office. Take the cycle path which leads along Viale della Liberazione towards the centre of Riva. Pass the imposing structure of the Rocca and Piazza III Novembre, coming to the main road Gardesana Occidentale at the harbour. From here, follow the main road to the south for a few hundred metres. Before you reach the first tunnel on the Gardesana, keep to the right, and take a steep cobbled ramp which leads to the start of the famous Ponale Trail. This stretch of the route, on a dirt road, has an incomparable panorama.

Without any alternative trail suitable for a bike we come to the end of the dirt road at the Ponale Alto Belvedere snack bar. At the nearby junction, keep right in the direction of Lake Ledro. Before the tunnel, turn left to cross the valley and the torrent avoiding the main road. Once on the road leading to Pregasina, go to the right and then, before the bridge, take the little road on your left. The trail to follow to get to Lake Ledro is clear. Cycle through Pre and Molina as far as the lake.

From the Pile-Dwelling Museum, continue for about 200 m and turn left into Via di Pastei until you reach the meadows above Legos. Continue until the ends of the meadows and then take, on the right, the dirt road to Bocca dei Fortini. Once there, the steepest part is over and you proceed on the left towards Baita Segala and Passo Guil, from where you continue to Passo Rocchetta.

Here, there are some rather exposed stretches, but the track is always pretty wide and easy. The final few metres of ascent which take you the gap of Passo Rocchetta are steep and quite technical and require a certain amount of commitment and technique. Otherwise, you can always push the bike the short distance.

Once you have passed the bar, there are two possible ways down to Malga Palaer. Follow directions and take the trail on the left, the other one is exclusively for hikers. This section is the most technical part of the trail, you will come across lots of roots, steps, rocks, and some narrow bends. When you get to the forest road, keep to the right until you come to Malga Palaer. Signposting on this trail sends you downward on the forest road as far as Bocca Larici. Here you are in one of the loveliest panoramic spots in all of Lake Garda: Punta Larici.

The trail is still following the forest road, downhill as far as the town of Pregasina. Cross the centre where there are other places to stop off for refreshments, and then continue downhill along the main road. On this downhill stretch of paved road there are several blind bends, the road is rather narrow, and apart from pedestrians and bikes, you might also come across some cars.

Shortly after you pass the panoramic viewing point with the big statue of Regina Mundi near the start of the tunnel to Val di ledro, turn right and take the old road, now closed to traffic. This takes you straight back to the junction you came to at the start of the ascent near the snack bar. Follow your tracks back along the spectacular Vecchia Ponale trail to Riva and the point where you started from.


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Public transport


The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.

Getting there

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.



Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).

Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).


45.884951, 10.844783
45°53'05.8"N 10°50'41.2"E
32T 643140 5082919
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino BIKE Map – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)


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 sudden drop in your energy levels. The unexpected things are part of the fun!

Remember to thoroughly evaluate the type of route you plan on doing, the locations you intend 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Antonio Bruno · July 11, 2020 · Community
A parte la distanza e le pendenze, in EMTB ci sono particolari difficoltà tecniche?
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Buongiorno, nella prima parte della discesa da Passo Rocchetta potrebbe incontrare difficoltà tecniche, per il resto è un percorso molto pedalabile, con un pò di esperienza.


Daniel Köhn
August 16, 2022 · Community
Traumhafte Strecke. Auch als Hamburger Flachland Tiroler ;)) Akku reicht grad so mit 625kw wenn man versucht viel Im Eco zu bleiben. Sonst aber mit etwas scheiss und Blut auch im mittleren Konditionlevel zu packen. Ausblick und Abfahrt super schön
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peter ober
July 29, 2022 · Community
Die Tour ist nicht mittel weil sie sehr anstrengend ist und ohne schieben nicht zu machen ist. Beide Einkehrmöglichkeiten genutzt. Tolle Ausblicke möglich. Tour ist gut zu finden.
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Oli Stürmer
July 29, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöne, anstrengende Tour. Ich würde mich als durchschnittlich begabten MTB'ler bezeichnen und bin die Tour in 4 Stunden mit einem 26" Hardtail gefahren.
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When did you do this route? July 28, 2022
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34.8 km
6:00 h
1,530 m
1,530 m
Highest point
1,285 m
Lowest point
66 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Insider tip Circular route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Flora


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