Malga Campo (Cross Country)
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A tour characterised by the significant altitude difference. The challenging ascent, largely on asphalt leads to Malga Campo, on the slopes of Monte Stivo.
Signage: 758. Malga Campo - Tour
Malga Campo, on a clear day, offers a view of the Brenta Dolomites that is simply breathtaking. The route, as proposed here is almost completely on asphalt. First, you shall ride through the rural beauty of the lower Valle del Sarca to reach Drena and the lower Valle di Cavedine. Going on to be immersed in woodland via a long series of hairpin bends reaching up to Malga Campo, with an altitude of just over 1500m. Cross meadows to reach the chestnut trees of Carobbi and enjoy the smooth asphalt descent from Braila to Arco.
Despite the fact that the forrest road descent has some rough and unstable terrain, there are no particular technical difficulties. N.B. The tour is also suitable for e-bikes, if their batteries are well managed.
The starting point of the route is easily identified in Arco, using the cycle path that runs along the river Sarca.
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.
- 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
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The starting point of the tour is in the locality of Moletta, which is easily reached from the centre of Arco, using the cycle path that runs along the River Sarca to the north. Once you have reached ‘bicigrill’, turn right leaving the cycle path and go through a small village, to arrive at traffic lights on the main road. This is the official start of the route. Keeping right on the road, head north for a few dozen meters until you reach a fork on your right, accompanied by route signage. Stay right to take this quiet country road. Following the route directions, continue straight until meeting the strada provinciale for Cavedine. Keep right here to stay on the provincial road, and begin to climb the wonderful hairpins bends leading up to Drena castle. Just past the ruins, keep right to leave the main road and continue on to a secondary road that leads directly through the village of Drena. You are now on Via al Castello. Continue on to Via Giovanni Segantini, straight - through the greenhouses, until you reach a junction near La Casina Restaurant. Keep left here and follow the road until you reach Luch, where you will find clear directions for Maso Michelotti and Malga Campo.
From here you can not go wrong: turn right following the signs for Malga Campo and simply stay on this road until you reach the destination. Once at the top, in the open meadows, turn around and have a look at the Brenta Group in the distance… you won’t want to leave! But leave you must: continue on the forest road for a short flat stretch, allowing for a quick breather, before facing the most challenging stretch of climb yet. Upon finally reaching the highest point of the route, near Malga Perini, you will immediately start your descent on the northern slope of Monte Stivo. Remaining on the forest road, the route signs guide you to the locality of Carobbi, with its impressive chestnut trees. Turn right here, continuing towards Braila.
Once you rejoin asphalt, in the vicinity of a small church, the route continues towards the right, passing the building and then, at the next junction: left towards Arco. If, instead you would like to visit the characteristic village of Braila, at the end of the gravel road, keep left instead to ride through the village. At the end of the habitation, continue straight, and after another short stretch of gravel, continue to meet the main road originally proposed in the itinerary, running parallel to the the one through Braila.
Either way, after passing Braila, keep going straight to Pianaura, where keeping to the right hand-side of the road, enjoy the downhill. After passing the famous Policromuro cliff (a favourite spot for climbers), you will find yourself in San Martino. Here turn right, where you can once again find the route starting point.
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.
Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.
Parking in Caneve (5 minutes walk to the town centre).
Paid parking: Foro Boario, near the bridge (Via Caproni Maini) or the post office (Via Monache).
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).
- 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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