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Ponale - Larici - Rocchetta

Trail running · Garda Trentino
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  • Sentiero del Ponale
    Sentiero del Ponale
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A spectacular route along the Ponale trail to the viewpoints of Punta Larici and Passo Rocchetta
Distance 21.8 km
5:40 h
1,384 m
1,384 m
1,169 m
66 m
This is a ring route that shares the outward and return journey from Riva to Pregasina along the Ponale trail, offering views of the lake all along the ascent to Punta Larici.

The short ascent along the path "delle creste” (of crests) is very steep and exposed in places, but offers unforgettable views of Lake Garda and Mount Baldo, and at Punta Larici the views extend as far as the Brescian side of the lake.  One last burst of energy is needed towards Passo Rocchetta, reached via a demanding climb from Malga Palaer, but it is rewarded with another spectacular viewpoint.

On the way back, we take a different route, more manageable but still with views of the lake, alternating with stretches in the holm oak forest. At Pregasina we can take a break to admire the scenery or head straight down to Riva, running along the Ponale trail until we reach Riva del Garda. 

Water points: fountains in Riva and Pregasina (make sure to fill up on water here in spring-summer and avoid the hottest hours of the day); in Malga Palaer there is a small spring (sometimes dry in summer)


Author’s recommendation

Heading along the Ponale trail at dawn, when it is not yet very busy is spectacular, or try it in the late afternoon, to enjoy the sunset from Punta Larici.
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Update: January 10, 2022
Highest point
Passo Rocchetta, 1,169 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 66 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Hotel Restaurant Panorama
Ponale Alto Belvedere
Ristorante Kapuziner
Ristorante Pizzeria RivaMia

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

For more information on routes and services: guides, shops and outdoor friendly friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444    


Riva del Garda (84 m)
45.890281, 10.841778
45°53'25.0"N 10°50'30.4"E
32T 642894 5083506


Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Riva del Garda car park, follow the signs for the Ponale trail along the lakefront towards Piazza 3 Novembre. Immediately after the panoramic viewpoint where the Forte Alto Bar is located, take the bridge on the left and climb the hairpin bends until you reach the Madonnina di Pregasina.

Continue for a few more hairpin bends to the village of Pregasina, and after the church take the forest road (trail 422b), from which the Creste path 422A branches off to the left (it is very exposed, so be careful) leading to Punta Larici. From Bocca Larici, continue along the forest road to Malga Palaer (trail 422b) and from there along the path leading to Passo Rocchetta (422b).

For the return journey, take the mule track to the right next to the small hut, which then joins trail 422, continuing to the left. At a clearing, descend to the right following the signs (trail 422) for the return to Pregasina (the descent is a little steep, so be careful), where you return to Riva along the same route as the outward journey.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:    


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.


45.890281, 10.841778
45°53'25.0"N 10°50'30.4"E
32T 642894 5083506
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

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21.8 km
5:40 h
1,384 m
1,384 m
Highest point
1,169 m
Lowest point
66 m
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