784 "from Top to Lake"
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Lake Garda from top of PaganellaPhoto: ph. Stromberg, APT Dolomiti di Brenta e Paganella
Andalo - Cima Paganella - Passo S. Antonio - Canfedin - Passo San Giovanni - (ex. Transalp) Ranzo - Sarche
Tour suitable only for expert riders.
Take note of the lifts' timetable.
Restaurants "La Roda" and "Bait del Germano" are great places for a typical lunch or for a break to regain energy.
Along the way there are several fountains to stock up on water.
Tour suitable only for expert riders.
Rules DPB: http://www.dolomitipaganellabike.com/trentino/en/about-us/rules
1 Ride Open Trails
Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness
2 Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
3 Control Your Bicycle
Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
4 Yield Appropriately
Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
5 Never Scare Animals
Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
6 Plan Ahead
Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
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Starting from the gondola parking in Andalo, quickly rise up with the lift to "Doss Pelà", then take the chairlift up to Cima Paganella. Arrived to the top, take the dirt road in front of you that leads to the antennas of the Paganella, ride down the steep initial descent and at the first junction turn right following the signs to the "Passo S. Antonio". Descend the easy panoramic dirt road that winds through the pines until you get behind the arrival of the "chairlift S. Antonio", at this point, keep left and follow the path that runs along the ridge of the Paganella. It is a trail that develops initially in easy climb, then it becomes more technical gradually and finally it will force you to do about 20 minutes of pushing and "portage"; but the effort will be rewarded by a spectacular view of the entire "Valle dei Laghi" and "Monte Bondone". Following the main path in about 40 minutes you should get to "Canfedin" where ends the most difficult part, from here continue to ride on the dirt road that runs through the huts surrounding the Passo S. Giacomo in the direction of "Bait del Germano." After a few minutes of downhill, pay attention at your left, you'll see a sign indicating the path to the "Bait del Germano", turn and follow the trail (in case of fog or bad weather proceed along the dirt road), you'll face two steep descents quite challenging that will take you directly to a wide esplanade bordered by some huts. Proceed always following the path until you reach a dirt road, turn right and continue on the slightly uphill road for about 500m. Once you are in the middle of a group of trees turn left and follow the signs to the "Passo S. Giovanni". From "Passo S. Giovanni" keep left following the signs and then turn right along a steep climb that will force you to push the bike for about 5 minutes. After this short effort you'll find yourself on the dirt road that runs along the ridge of the "Monte Ranzo", enjoying a spectacular view of the Brenta Dolomites. Continue along the road until you get to a steep climb that will take you to a crossroad, turn left and continue to pedal for about 200m and at the next crossroad, turn right proceeding uphill to the summit of the "Monte Ranzo". From here starts an easy dirt road, continue to ride enjoying the beautiful view until you cross the main road, take the left and in a few seconds you'll arrive on a steep concrete road. Continue downhill for more or less 200 meters, in the distance you'll see a green bar, just before the barrier there will be the signs for Ranzo on the left (ex trail .Transalp), take the trail and enjoy the show. It is a very varied path that alternates technical sections at very fast sections, the terrain changes constantly going from rocky to compact in no time; pay attention to the continuous intersections with other secondary paths and keep on going on the main track, in a short time you'll loose about 600m of altitude and you'll arrive quickly to the center of Margone. From here follow the main paved road towards Ranzo, you'll have several minutes to relax yourself and enjoy the view before tackling the final stretch that takes you on the shores of the "Lago di Toblino". Once in the center of Ranzo pass by the country holding the right and follow the signs MTB784, you'll easily find the old Ranzo-Toblino connection. Take the road paying attention at your right, after about 500m, will start a trail in the forest that will cross several times the main road, it is the "grand finale" before returning on a paved road directly in front of Castel Toblino. At this point turn right on the bicycle path along the lake and within minutes of cycling you'll arrive at Sarche.
Public transportfrom Trento:
- Autobus extraurbano number 611 (Trento -Mezzolombardo - Fai della Paganella - Andalo - Molveno)
- Train "Trento - Malè" (Trento - Mezzolombardo) + autobus extraurbano number 611 (Mezzolombardo - Fai della Paganella - Andalo - Molveno).
By roadfrom North:
On the highway A22 take the exit "San Michele" we follow the state road SS43 until the exit from the village of Mezzolomardo, then we follow the provincial road SP64 towards "Paganella" Altopiano. (Fai-Andalo-Molveno).
On the highway A22 take the "Trento Nord", and follow the road towards Val di Non to the village of Mezzolombardo, exceeded the gallery turn to the right towards "Paganella" (Fai-Andalo Molveno).
Parking-Fai della Paganella:
In "Santel", opposite to the ski lifts, ample free parking.
Near the ski lifts, ample free parking.
Near the lifts, pay parking.
Near the Lido of Molveno, ample parking.
Author’s map recommendations
Trail Map Dolomiti Paganella Bike, for free in the offices of Tourist Board Dolomiti Paganella, at the departure of the lifts and in the bike shops.
Recommended maps for this region:
Trail - All Mountain - Enduro Bike, recommended full suspension (at least 140mm)
Helmet - Knee Pads - Back Protector or Backpack with back protector - Gloves
Maps - GPS - Mobile Phone - K/Way - Tools kit & repair kit for tires
Water - Snack
Bring everything needed for a journey in self-sufficiency
Questions and answers
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