This is an easy walk along the bottom of Val Algone to discover its past: pastures, barns, farmsteads and the glass industry.
Distance 7.6 km
Highest point1,375 m
Lowest point1,104 m
It stretches out between the Ponte Pià gorge and the Gotro Pass and is bisected lengthwise by the River Algone. From a naturalistic point of view, it boasts an extraordinarily wide variety of plant and animal species. Roe deer can be seen cavorting at the bottom of the valley and on the outskirts of numerous clearings, while chamois gambol about the rocky slopes of Cima Vallon and Castello dei Camosci. It is also easy to spot marmots in the Val di Sacco. A few royal eagles have also chosen this corner of the park as their nesting grounds.
Staff Garda Dolomiti S.p.A. Azienda per il Turismo VN
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From Stenico drive through Val Algone all the way up to Albergo Brenta where the paved road ends. Leave the car at the carpark, take the uphill path on the right of the Hotel and enter the woods to reach the forest road. Turn right and continue along the forest road that runs through the woods bordering pastures, once harvested and now left as part of the woodland; as you climb you will pass the debris of a disused quarry where quartz was extracted and later used by the glass industry which thrived in the valley between 1800 and 1880, as evidenced by the glass factory ruins near Rifugio Ghedina. Pass the quarry and continue through the forest to reach the pastures around Malga Nambi dotted with enormous beech trees. During the grazing season the farmstead offers restaurant service and rooms for overnight staying. From the farmstead descend on the right along the main road that runs along the bottom of the valley. Shortly after the bridge over the Torrente Algone, enter the SAT 333 path on the right leading through Valle di Stenico to reach the pastures around Vallon, a former farmstead now used as a summer camp residence. Re-join the main road, where you can stop following the SAT signs and continue walking up the road, bearing left, for 150 metres until you reach a crossing signposted with a national park trail that runs along a rocky river bed. Cross the dried-up river bed and continue through the woods to exit onto the pastures of Malga Stabli, previously a site for spring and autumn grazing for the cattle of Malga Valagola, currently used as summer camp residence. After walking 200 metres into the fields, you will see on the right a small track that descends towards the river bed, crosses it over a bridge and continues to reach the old glass factory ruins near Rifugio Ghedina. Return to Malga Stabli along the same path you initially set off from. When you reach the pastures, continue bearing right and, shortly after the stables, turn left to join the Thun path of Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta. After winding through the woods for a while, the path leads to a road: turn left first and then right until you reach the main paved road that runs along the bottom of the valley. Walk up this road for 400 metres; just before entering the fields take the forest road, on the left, that rises through the woods heading north. Continue uphill following the borders with the fields until you re-join the path from which you set off at the beginning to return to the car.
all notes on protected areas
From Ponte Arche/Comano Terme go towards Stenico; stay on the SP that goes in the direction of Ragoli until you reach the junction with Val d'Algone. After 7 km you will arrive at Hotel Brenta, where you can park your car.
Free parking lots near Hotel Brenta.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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
change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
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.