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Passo della Morte (Pass of Death) - Tour nr. 1805

Mountainbiking · Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
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Pass of Death: what a name! It sounds as if this place was so dangerous to put at risk the life of a quiet biker. Nothing of the kind, considering that Passo della Morte can be reached via a common dirt road. The downhill trail descending from the pass indeed is a little more demanding, though still fit for all bikers.
moderate
Distance 21.7 km
3:55 h
743 m
743 m
The origin of the name is completely different and dates back to a time when no road ran through the gorge of Limarò, hence the necessity for wayfarers to go this solitary route - well above the level of the gorge - to overcome the pass leading from Toblino to Comano. As a legend has it, the Earl of Castel Toblino had desperately fallen in love with the beautiful gentlewoman dwelling Stenico Castle, located in Comano valley. In order to ask for her hand he had to overcome this pass and right there he got treacherously killed by a jealous rival in love.

It is anyway quite unlikely that, once reached Passo della Morte, bikers will have to face a similar destiny. This tour is very enjoyable and packed with attractive points instead.

After the departure from Ponte Arche, an uphill road with little traffic takes to the village of Comano, where a beautiful view on Val d’Ambiez and Brenta Dolomites can be enjoyed. Right outside the village a dirt uphill road departs and takes to Passo della Morte via a gentle ascent offering an uninterrupted view of Comano valley.

The view from Passo della Morte is not particularly scenic by itself. Here and there, along the gravel road, the biker's gaze falls on the gorge of river Sarca.  Emotions definitely get the better a little further on, when, once inside the forest, the tour leads down into the gorge below, getting therefore steeper and more technically demanding.

"Bicycle path" is a definition that may conceive a sense of boredom, but this absolutely isn't the case of this old road running along the gorge that river Sarca crosses in this place known as "Limarò". This road had been laboriously excavated during the 1920s and, after a sequence of tunnels were digged to shorten the main road destined to motor vehicles, this road was converted into a bicycle path. Thanks to the sensational glimpses of the depths of Gorge of Limarò it provides, this bicycle path may certainly be considered as one of the most attractive in Europe. At approximately halfway bikers are given a chance to refresh with the local specialties served by Maso Limarò, an ancient building once used as farmstead, recently restored and now operating as Agritur (farmhouse). At the end of the bicycle path, bikers shall keep pedaling along the main road, take a trail on the right, and descend a steep downhill road leading to Ponte Balandin, a bridge dating back to the Roman era.

The gorge of Limarò/Sarca can be nowadays traversed on a new steel bridge, approximately 100 meters away from the Roman one. An uphill stretch along a quite steep trail towards Villa Banale is followed by a downhill stretch reaching Ponte Arche via a pleasant, narrow road that crosses the forest and offers beatiful glimpses on Comano valley.

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Update: September 08, 2021
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moderate
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Highest point
848 m
Lowest point
350 m
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Start

Ponte Arche (401 m)
Coordinates:
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46.034849, 10.871349
DMS
46°02'05.5"N 10°52'16.9"E
UTM
32T 644811 5099621
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Destination

Ponte Arche

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Coordinates

DD
46.034849, 10.871349
DMS
46°02'05.5"N 10°52'16.9"E
UTM
32T 644811 5099621
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.7 km
Duration
3:55 h
Ascent
743 m
Descent
743 m
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