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Monte Gazza: view of the 4 lakes

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  • View on lake Toblino and Valle dei Laghi
    View on lake Toblino and Valle dei Laghi
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. R. Kiaulehn), North Lake Garda Trentino
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Spectacular route on Monte Gazza with a view over the Valle dei Laghi to Lake Garda
moderate
Distance 13.1 km
6:50 h
900 m
900 m
1,827 m
940 m
This medium difficulty route is perhaps one of the most spectacular in the whole valley: from the summit of Monte Gazza you can see not only the four lakes below, but also the Brenta Dolomites. The first part of the route leads through the wood above the village of Margone and then overlooks the meadows used for grazing near Malga Gazza. From here you continue through picture-postcard alpine scenery, with the Dolomites on one side and the Valle dei Laghi on the other.  Once you have reached the highest point (1830 m.a.s.l.), near the cross of Monte Ranzo, you begin the descent to Malga Bael and then end the route by returning to the village of Margone.

Author’s recommendation

From the summit you can admire no less than four lakes:   Toblino, Cavedine, Molveno and Garda. The Brenta Dolomites also form the backdrop to all this.
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Update: May 26, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Monte Gazza, 1,827 m
Lowest point
Margone, 940 m
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Track types

Asphalt 1.94%Dirt road 35.15%Path 62.89%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Dirt road
4.6 km
Path
8.2 km
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Safety information

N.B.: the last section of the route between Malga Bael and Margone along the SAT627B trail has some exposed sections.

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 hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  all about trekking in Garda Trentino - Tel. +39 0464 554444 

Start

Margone (939 m)
Coordinates:
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46.068329, 10.962394
DMS
46°04'06.0"N 10°57'44.6"E
UTM
32T 651764 5103511
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Destination

Margone

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Margone car park, go to the centre of the village towards the church: from here, take the road on the left and join the path that starts near the last houses. Follow the path until you reach the grazing meadows near the Malga Gazza. At the crossroads, follow the SAT 602 path towards the Paganella: continue along the road until you reach the crossroads to climb up to the cross on Monte Ranzo. From here you begin descending again towards Malga Gazza and once you have passed it you stay on the SAT 602 route towards Malga di Bael. Once past the malga, the last section of the route runs along the SAT 627B path towards Margone.

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Public transport

Margone is connected by regional buses.

From Riva del Garda:

  • Bus Line 205 (Riva del Garda - Trento) until Cadine
  • Bus Line 230 (Trento - Ranzo/Margone)

(NB.: buses are not running frequently)

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

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino

To reach Margone: from the S.S. 45bis once you reach Vezzano, follow the S.P. 18dir towards Fraveggio, Lon and Ranzo / Margone

Parking

On the road that leads to the village of Margone, there is a free parking lot near the first houses.

Coordinates

DD
46.068329, 10.962394
DMS
46°04'06.0"N 10°57'44.6"E
UTM
32T 651764 5103511
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Garda Trentino TREKKING Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole.

Equipment

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
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

Emergency telephone number Mountain Rescue 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.1 km
Duration
6:50 h
Ascent
900 m
Descent
900 m
Highest point
1,827 m
Lowest point
940 m
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