Garda Trek - Low Loop: in the heart of Garda Trentino
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The little church of San Lorenzo and the street leading to Frapporta in TennoPhoto: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
GardaTrek Low Loop is an easy trek which allows you to explore the "Busa", the lowland area of Garda Trentino overlooking Lake Garda, and its main towns which are Riva del Garda, Tenno, Arco, Nago and Torbole sul Garda.
The Low Loop is divided into two stages: the first takes you from Riva del Garda to Arco, the second leads back to Riva from Arco, passing through Nago and Nago e Torbole sul Garda along the way. It is especially recommended for trekkers who don't want anything too demanding and want to enjoy their natural surroundings as well as find out all about the history of the area. The entire trek is clearly signposted.
The trail mostly follows roads with little traffic, country tracks and well-signposted trails. The hike is divided into two stages and can be done all year round. It is also clearly marked with “GardaTrek – Low Loop” signposts.
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- Choose itineraries that suit your physical and technical abilities. Collect information about the area you are visiting and the trail’s conditions and get a detailed trekking map.
- Wear clothes and take equipment that suit the difficulty and length of your tour. Keep emergency gear in your rucksack, including first aid supplies.
- Do not go walking alone in the mountains. In any case, tell someone where you are going and report back on returning.
- Look at the weather forecast before setting off and always keep an eye on the weather.
- In case of doubt, go back. It is better to give up than risk bad weather or face difficulties beyond your strength, ability and equipment.
- Do not leave marked paths and do not take shortcuts.
- All described walks are in a natural environment and therefore their use is at your own risk.
This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.
Tips and hints
Those who want to do the entire trek will need to stay overnight in Arco. We recommend staying in one of our Outdoor Friendly hospitality partners who offer special facilities for hikers.
For more information on routes, services (guides, mountain huts, shops etc.) and hiking friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444
The trek starts in Riva del Garda and climbs immediately to Bastione, then heads across the hillside to Tenno before descending gently through vineyards and olive groves to the centre of Arco. From here you head in the direction of Bosco Caproni and on to Bolognano before taking the old Maza road up to Nago. Head down to Torbole on the historic Santa Lucia road and from here take the cycle path along the lake shore back to Riva.
Riva del Garda (65 m) - Bastione (211 m) - Maddalena (270 m) - Foci-San Giacomo (155 m) - Deva (265 m) - San Lorenzo (330 m) - Tenno (406 m) - Novino (445 m ) - Valle del Tovo (490 m) - Falesia Baone (161 m) - Fontanelle - Arco (90 m)
Arco (90 m) - Moletta (90 m) - Vastrè (300 m) - San Martino (120 m) - Massone (116 m) - Bolognano (145 m) - Vignole (125 m) - Belvedere Marmitte dei Giganti (165 m) - Nago (215 m) - Castel Penede (270 m) - Strada Santa Lucia - Torbole (66 m) - Riva del Garda
The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.
You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.
Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.
The start of the trail SAT 404 is in via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, near the covered pay parking.
Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.
Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).
Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).
Author’s map recommendations
Garda Trentino TREKKING Map – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)
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You need to wear 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?
Your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do) should contain:
- 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
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.
Emergency telephone number 112.
- 2 Stages
The first stage of the trek links the two main towns in Garda Trentino and takes you from Riva del Garda to Arco.
The second stage of the Low Loop takes you back to Riva del Garda, touching on Nago and Torbole, then following the lake shore to the point you ...
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