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731. Anello Garda Sarca (Cross Country)

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  • Bike Garda Trentino - toward Arco
    / Bike Garda Trentino - toward Arco
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. J. Doohan), Garda Trentino
  • / Along the lake promenade in Riva del Garda
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Part of the route's bumpiest passage
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The trail to the Marocche di Dro, with the typical colors of March
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Near the gorge of Rio Sallagoni
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Lake Cavedine
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Garda anello sarca
    Photo: Willy Hofmann, Community
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A long, less technical route kind of route, rideable throughout the year. It is very interesting from a landscape and cultural perspective.
Distance 61.2 km
8:50 h
1,557 m
1,532 m
418 m
62 m
The Garda Sarca loop was the first route for mountain bikers and hikers created by the Garda Trentino tourism company. Opened in 2011, it precedes the new provincial legislation which regulates the paths. This is the reason why the 731 route signs differ from the newer route signage in the area. The tour involves a good part of the Valle del Basso Sarca (the low Sarca valley) and for the distance of almost 60 km, the ascents and descents vary considerably. The distance and altitude difference make this route undoubtedly demanding. From a technical point of view, apart from a few short sections with rough and sometimes loose terrain, there are no particular difficulties. Both uphill and downhill, a gradient of 20% is reached, mostly on asphalt and in forested areas. If it has rained the terrain may be slippery, especially on the sections of cement.

Author’s recommendation

In a single itinerary, you can enjoy the great variety of landscapes and trails that Garda Trentino has to offer! From the shores of the famous Lake Garda to the hidden gems of the surrounding areas.
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Valentina Bellotti
Update: August 04, 2021
Highest point
Cavedine, 418 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Al Fortino Bike Bar & Food
Aqua Ristorante
Caffè Ristorante Pizzeria Casa Beust
L’Ora - San Nicolò (Ristorante-Pizzeria-Gelateria)
Ristorante Pizzeria La Piccola Dallas
Ristorante Antica Croce
Ristorante La Terrazza
Wine Shop - Cantina Mezzacorona

Safety information


  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics



Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.


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

  • This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. 
  •  For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 

  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.


Torbole sul Garda - Busatte (155 m)
45.866026, 10.881454
45°51'57.7"N 10°52'53.2"E
32T 646035 5080883


Torbole sul Garda - Busatte

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point is from Parco delle Busatte, not far from the centre of Torbole, where there is also a free car park. The route, passing all the popular nearby tourist areas can actually be picked up at any of these points. Starting from the park, you immediately, well guided by the signs, descend towards the centre of Torbole. Once in Piazza Goethe, keep right a few dozen meters on the Strada Statale Lungolago - main road along the lake. Turn left onto Via Benaco, and from here, follow the cycle-pedestrian path that runs along the lake towards Riva del Garda. Just before reaching the centre of the town there is the mouth of a stream, follow it round to the right, heading north toward Varone.

Cross the main road - Viale Rovereto and continue to follow the cycle path / stream up to Varone. Here, at the traffic controlled crossroads turn left, then take an immediate right - you should go past an old church on your left. The next turn will be near to a fountain, where begins a beautiful climb amongst the olive trees towards Deva. Eventually you will meet a minor provincial road at a hairpin bend, continuing to climb, cross the hairpin and then turn immediately right. After a short stretch of gravel track, you will meet and continue on to the main road - SP37 where you climb for 1km.

Keep right and take the short cement ramp up on to Via Molini, which leads to Tenno Castle, on the opposite side of the narrow valley. At the red stop road sign, close to the castle ruins - keep right and after a few dozen meters, cross the main road to take a slightly uphill road on the left. Follow the signs along the gravel road Strada del Pil - climbing up to Alto (High) Garda. Once in Volta di No, you will find a paved road, and following the signs continue on to descend into Varignano. Here there is another short stretch of gravel, then a series of steep cement bends between the olive trees. At the end of the descent, near a village, turn left to Padaro. After about 700 meters of climbing follow the signs, turning right through the gravel roads of the olive groves towards Arco. 

Once in central Arco, at the foot of the castle, continue to climb, keeping to the left, in the direction of Laghel. The gradient gradually increases until you reach the small church of Santa Maria di Laghel. Continue straight here, for about 1.5 km, then turn right, taking you down to the bottom of the valley. Along this stretch of descent, there are steep, alternating sections of concrete and gravel. At the junction near Maso Lizzone, turn left, continuing to climb the valley through the beautiful countryside. Nearing the centre of Dro, you will again find smooth asphalt roads. Following the signs - your next destination is an easy forest road, at the foot of Monte Brento, in the direction of Pietramurata.

On the last part of this segment, the short uphill section is rather bumpy and with a slightly exposed section at the summit. Once near a motocross park, you will find a small asphalt road that then joins the SS45bis main road, follow this heading north. It is advisable to remain on the pavement that runs alongside it however. After about 300 meters, near to the centre of the village, take the secondary road on your right. You are in Pietramurata! Following the road round to the right you will continue through the town, past the church and across the Sarca river. Here you must turn right as the route starts to loop back south, crossing the countryside for the cycle path to Dro.

Once in the Monte Taglio area, the directions of the route lead off the cycle path, following instead the path to the left. The initial stretch is full of ups and downs through  the undergrowth, with sections of quite pronounced rocks, but stable rocks.

With Lago di Cavedine in your sights, the descent to water level begins. Pass an old electric plant building and follow the gravel road until you meet the main road to the lake. Keep left, then immediately turn right where you will resume climbing through the Trebi area. Cycling through the vineyards makes for a splendid experience, especially in spring and autumn. From here you can admire Cavedine lake and the mountains Brento and Casale. Paganella is on the left, in the background, with the slopes of Monte Bondone on the right.

After some more climbing on asphalt, you will reach the pylons of the electric line. Here you must turn right, ready to face the most challenging descent of the whole route. Once you get to the main road for Drena, cross it and continue your descent using the path on the other side. The gradients are not too steep here, but the terrain is rather unstable. Meeting the main road again, follow it in a southerly direction for just over 600 meters, then turn left, continuing off road, in the direction of Arco. When you reach the main road junction at Moletta, continue south, remaining for a short time on the pavement on the left side of the road.  At the next turning, keep left, continuing to follow the directions of the route. Using the safer internal roads, you will go through the small towns of Massone and Bolognano.

Once in Vignole, you will meet a main road at a traffic light. Cross it, and take the secondary road on the other side. At the fork, keep right and follow the signs which will guide you through the area of Prato Saiano - to Nago, for the last climb of the day. Pay particular attention when crossing the main road at the Sesto Grado bar, it’s on a hairpin bend! After completing the last cement section, near to a busy roundabout, continue on your right to Via Scipio Sighele, heading toward the characteristic centre of Nago. At the end of the town, there is a slight climb in the direction of Monte Baldo... Nearly there! One last descent on concrete, and you will re-emerge on to Lake Garda where you can quickly reach the start point in Torbole.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

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

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Getting there

Getting to northern Lake Garda / Garda Trentino


Free parking in Torbole in the Busatte Park.

More Pay parking at the Panorama parking area, in Via Strada Granda or and along the lakefront Lungolago Conca d'Oro


45.866026, 10.881454
45°51'57.7"N 10°52'53.2"E
32T 646035 5080883
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino BIKE map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole

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Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112

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.

Questions and answers

Question from Michele Vigasio · August 14, 2019 · Community
Buonasera vedo che questo giro è chiuso. Ci sono varianti o passaggi alteenativi provvisori che consentono comunque di compierlo?
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Answered by Valentina Bellotti · August 19, 2019 · Garda Trentino
Buongiorno Michele! Le consigliamo di arrivare fino al lago Bagattoli, poi prendere la ciclabile lungo Sarca e seguire quindi le indicazioni del percorso 751 e quindi 753: in questo modo si ricollegherà al percorso 731 in prossimità del lago di Cavedine.
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Stefan Meir
June 15, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? June 10, 2019
Jürgen Münzenmaier
May 23, 2018 · Community
Sehr schöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour
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When did you do this route? May 16, 2018
Christopher Simon
May 15, 2018 · Community
Tolle Tour! Genau die richtige Länge für eine Tagestour. Bequeme Anstiege, technische einfache Abfahrten und tolle Landschaft abseits des Verkehrs. Als Cross Country MTB Tour sehr empfehlenswert.
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61.2 km
8:50 h
1,557 m
1,532 m
Highest point
418 m
Lowest point
62 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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