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Ponale - Lago di Ledro - Bocca Fortini - Pregasina

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  • Strada del Ponale
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  • / The old Ponale road, a must-do in Garda Trentino
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  • / On the old Ponale road
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  • / The view from Punta Larici
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This bike tour combines sections of the bike tours 732, 776 and 733 linking Lake Garda to Lake Ledro and coming back from Bocca dei Fortini to Pregasina along the old military road  
moderate
Distance 34.1 km
6:00 h
1,300 m
1,300 m

This Bike Tour is very panoramic and links Lakes Garda and Ledro passing both on the way up and down along Strada del Ponale.

Once at Lake Ledro, the ascent to Bocca dei Fortini is quite steep but in the shadow of the wood. Immediately after the pass, the view opens on Lake Garda again, for the rest of the left kilometres.

You can stop for a snack or lunch in Molina di Ledro, Passo Nota (a couple of km right of Bocca dei Fortini) and in Pregasina.

Author’s recommendation

Once at Lake Ledro do not miss the opportunity to jump into its refreshing waters
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Update: August 04, 2021
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bocca dei Fortini, 1,285 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 66 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Passo Nota
PANORAMA
Ponale Alto Belvedere

Safety information

BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY 

  • 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

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !

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 and hints

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

Start

Riva del Garda (69 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.884971, 10.844804
DMS
45°53'05.9"N 10°50'41.3"E
UTM
32T 643142 5082921
w3w 
///explorer.castle.removing

Destination

Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts out on the lake front in Riva del Garda (bike tour 732), 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 3 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 the fields above Molina. 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, where you follow the signposts of the bike tour 733 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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

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.

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino

 

Parking

Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.

Coordinates

DD
45.884971, 10.844804
DMS
45°53'05.9"N 10°50'41.3"E
UTM
32T 643142 5082921
w3w 
///explorer.castle.removing
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 

Equipment

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


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.

Rating

4.5
(4)
Wolfgang Ritz 
June 29, 2021 · Community
Super Tour und sicherlich eine der schönsten am Gardasee, wenn man die gewisse Kondition und Abfahrtstechnik mitbringt. Die Auffahrt geht über die Ponale an den Ledrosee und weiter hoch auf die Bocca dei Fortini. Hier heißt es ohne E-Bike durchhalten, da viele steile Rampen ordentlich Druck aufs Pedal erfordern. Jetzt folgt eine Traumabfahrt (wenn man sich sicher in S2-S3 bewegen kann) bis nach Pregasina. Achtet darauf, das ihr bei Malga Palaer dem Wanderweg folgt und nicht wie in der Route dem Schotterweg. Gute Fahrtechnik vorausgesetzt. Ich möchte hier nochmals explizite erwähnen, dass die Tour nicht für MTB Einsteiger geeignet ist!
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When did you do this route? June 29, 2021
Photo: Wolfgang Ritz, Community
Photo: Wolfgang Ritz, Community
Photo: Wolfgang Ritz, Community
Photo: Wolfgang Ritz, Community
Daniel Popa
June 29, 2021 · Community
The portion between Passo Guil and the road close to Malga Palaer is completely impracticable on the bike, can only be done by foot and it is tough even as a hiking trail, without adding the bike to carry. There are huge rocks, tree roots, plenty of tree branches and it is absolutely impossible to ride on wheels there, unless you are a Pro. Also some of the climbs till you reach Bocca dei Fortini are inhumane, except going on a strong e-bike as we had. This is not a 'moderate' track by any means, but a very hard one, technically, so I would change its description.
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When did you do this route? June 28, 2021
Photo: Daniel Popa, Community
Photo: Daniel Popa, Community
Photo: Daniel Popa, Community
Luca Z
September 15, 2020 · Community
Percorso effettuato oggi in e-mtb. Partenza da Torbole alle ore 10.00, rientro alle 17.30 con molte soste. Molto bello e panoramico il tratto sul Garda ma anche quello che da Molina sale a Bocca Fortini. Prestare ATTENZIONE al sentiero in discesa da Passo Rocchetta alla Strada Palaer Alta, richiede decisamente un’adeguata preparazione tecnica.
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When did you do this route? September 14, 2020
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
34.1 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
1,300 m
Descent
1,300 m
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