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Tour 1439 - Senter del Guardia, on the trail of the forest ranger

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    Photo: Silvia Gentilini, APT Val di Non
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A very varied single trail through the woods above “Dolomiti di Brenta Bike”.
Distance 18.5 km
3:00 h
830 m
830 m
Time ago the border regions provided smugglers with routes for the transport of illegal goods, they making use of little known paths. In Val di Non, however, it was the poachers who had a significant presence. So as not to be discovered they used hidden paths in the thick woodland. However the expert eye of the forest ranger was able to spot them. When Adriano, the forest ranger of the wooded area in the foothills to the to the east of Monte Peller retired, he decided to dedicate himself to a new task: with the help of volunteers e cleaned up all of those hidden and abandoned paths which had become covered in thick vegetation; paths which had been known only to the occasional bear, to the poachers and to mushroom enthusiasts. The result? A maze of narrow paths of incredible natural beauty ... or to express it in the language of the mountain biker: a blast of single trails! Adriano’s retirement was certainly a blessing in disguise!

Author’s recommendation

Route direction: clockwise. In the summer refreshment points are open at the agro-ranch Pra de Dont above Tuenno, and at the Bersaglio carpark above Cles. One thing not to miss in apple harvest time is the “historical frutteto” above Cles, an area open to the public and where many types of ‘ancient’ apple are grown.
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Updated: November 08, 2019
S1 moderate
Highest point
1,134 m
Lowest point
666 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Respect, consideration and “trail tolerance” on all the narrow paths of this tour are the essential elements, a route which mountain bikers share with excursionists.

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

The trails are thanks to the initiative of the forest ranger responsible for the wooded area in the foothills east of Monte Peller. When Adriano went on holiday he decided to dedicate himself to a particular type of hobby: with the help of some volunteers he cleaned up all of those hidden and abandoned paths on the mountainside above Cles, and which had become covered in thick vegetation.

The forest ranger proved to have an excellent knowledge of the terrain, something like that of an expert preparer of trails. Thanks to his work, a magnificent single trail which was not on any map ha resulted, it between the agro-ranch above Tuenno and the access road to Peller, above Cles. It really is a trail through the woods which needs to be experienced. The term “flowtrail” is not adequate to describe what Adrian. and his volunteer workers have produced. And to think that Adriano is not even a biker or a jogger or a trail runner. It is just that he knows the particular area inside-out.


Cles (688 m)
46.366510, 11.029330
46°21'59.4"N 11°01'45.6"E
32T 656093 5136771



Turn-by-turn directions


The effort required to complete the trail is well worthwhile and is repaid handsomely with the fun it gives: starting from the centre of Cles (at the V. Inama Scientific High School in via Eusebio Chini) go up as far as the access road to rifugio Peller and the carpark for the Bersaglio excursionists (1.2km). 200 metres further on the road curves to the right, but we however go to the left in the opposite direction towards the “Dolomiti Brenta Bike” trail. We go past the single house at San Vito Alto (km 2.0), and after a rapid descent to sthe crossroads at San Vito Basso (km 2.4) we must look carefully for the crossing to the right with the way to towards Mechel (this still a trail of the DBB). After 4km itotal we go past Mechel and continue on the DBB trail in a southerly direction as far as the Ciaretar crossroads (km 5.2). Soon after the steep uphill goes to the right in the direcion of the Agro-ranch Pra de Dont. It is best to go to your lowestpossible gear here as we literally cover 300 metres of altitude in 2 km at this point as we reach the manga


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Public transport


Cles è raggiungibile con il trenino locale che da Trento sale in direzione della Vald i Sole (vedi orario)

Getting there

Dall'autostrada del Brennero A22 si prende l'uscita Trento Nord e si prosegue in direzione della Val di Non su SS43. A Dermulo si prosegue poi in direzione di Cles.


In Piazza Fiera, di fronte alla caserma dei carabinieri, c'è un ampio parcheggio gratuito.


46.366510, 11.029330
46°21'59.4"N 11°01'45.6"E
32T 656093 5136771
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

4Land, cartina escursionistica Val di Non, tavola nr. 155


The tour is suitable for all types of mountain bike.

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