In order to climb up to the car park at Le Quadre you must purchase the daily permit at the Albergo Panorama. The cost of the permit is per vehicle and is valid for the whole day. The money collected for the permits is used to upkeep the road.
From the car park, climb along the dirt road, pass the sign that indicates the Le Quadre locality (1479 m) and keep going straight until you reach the summit meadows of Monte Casale.
Turn right at the crossroads on the dirt road, following the sign for Rifugio Don Zio.
The road rises steeply and with a panoramic view climbs among the meadows to the west of Monte Casale.
Along the panoramic trail you will finally reach Rifugio Don Zio that is visible for most of the upper portion of the road.
Once at the mountain hut, walk to the right of it and go beyond the small copse of trees near the mountain hut.
After passing the trees you will see, on the right, the antenna of a signal repeater close to the peak.
Cross the meadow and approach the summit (1631 m), from which you will enjoy a panoramic view of Valle del Sarca.
To the right of the antenna there is a lookout point from which to view the area’s most famous peaks.
You can then descend to the cross standing further south and then return to the mountain hut.
From the mountain hut, return to the departure point by retracing your steps.
Safety informationThe 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
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Getting thereFrom Ponte Arche drive up to the town of Comano (road signs for Comano, Godenzo, Poia), passing through Poia, on provincial road SP 213.
Once in Comano, turn right immediately past the church and follow the road that on a left-hand bend leads towards the exit of the town, close to the Panorama hotel.
At a distance of 300 m there is a hairpin bend with a crucifix on the right.
This is from where the long road called “La panoramica” starts, climbing up along the sides of Monte Casale to an altitude of 915 m (antennas and no-trespassing sign, 2.80 km) and then proceeds first dirt and then cemented with porphyry in the last steep stretch, up to the car park at about 1460 m (about 7.40 km from the crucifix of the first hairpin bend).
There is nowhere to stop off for refreshments along the trail so you are advised to bring water and something to eat
You need to be wearing the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.
What should you take when you go on a hike?
What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):
- water canteen (1L)
- snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
- First aid kit
- windproof jacket
- change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
- make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
- sun screen
- whistle to attract attention in an emergency
Emergency telephone number: 112
Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains. When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.
And finally... ... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.
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