Lake Garda : Hiking Itineraries

Lake Garda's alpine and excursionist refuges - From Campione to Pieve di Tremosine
Starting out from Piazza F. Arrighini, take Via G. Pascoli. Beyond the soccer field, take the abandoned stretch of the Gardesana road. Passing the two tunnels, keep left along the road that passes below the waterfall of the Lesine river and gently ascends to the Province road nr. 38 (20 min). The road ascends for 200 meters, then you arrive at a tunnel entrance. Bear right and take the old trail, where you'll find the attractive sign "Benvenuti a Tremosine" (Welcome to Tremosine). Proceed until you encounter trail nr. 201 (10 min.) that connects the port (visible below) with the homes of the regional capital up above. Once you pass the rocks of a rockslide, you'll see that the road turns into an unpaved road. You'll pass the vertical shelf running along a rocky crag, then you'll meet up with a small cavern with a statue of the Madonna. A short distance after, you'll have reached the summit (413 m, 40 min.).
Once you're on Viale Europa, you'll proceed to the point of the former city hall and the schools, where you have two options:
a) - take the Provincial "Arias" road and when you reach Pregasio (478 m), near the San Marco church, take Via Lo on the left, which coincides with trail 267 of the Bassa Via del Garda;
b) - take Via Vagne, following trail nr. 202 on the side of the church oratory, and descend until you reach the gate of a private home that blocks the road, then take the trail that borders the fence, pass through the chestnut grove and exit on Via Lo.
Take the easily accessible mule trail where the itinerary meets up once again, and proceed to an isolated hay barn surrounded by olive trees (1 hour). A panoramic trail that in some sections was literally dug out of the rock leads to the San Michele ravine, which you cross by way of a metal bridge. Bearing left, follow trail nr. 267 amidst the nets. You'll go through the cramped tunnel (bring a flashlight!), and reach the piazza in Campione (about 3 hours).

Info Departure: Campione (m. 74 s.l.)
Arrival: Campione (m. 74 s.l.)
Total difference in height (round trip): 680 m.
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: ( E ) Excursionist. Itineraries on trails or tracks, usually marked and sometimes long, with exposed but well-protected sections. These routes require some experience and training.
Period: all year
Map: Kompass n. 071, 101 e 690
Access: from State road S.S. 45 bis for Campione, between Limone and Gargnano; parking.



Testo: Domenico prof. Fava



Useful Advice
Mountain hiking or trekking is an adventure and an experience that brings you in contact with the mountains and nature. Since some itineraries can be difficult for an amateur or untrained excursionist or mountain climber, caution is advised.
Clothing:
Clothing must not be exaggerated and always suitable for the season, taking into account the type of excursion, altitude and weather, which can change quickly in the mountains. Bring in your backpack sunglasses, a hat, a change of clothing, waterproof jacket with hood (the change of clothing, be it heavy or light, should depend upon the season underway).
Equipment:
Besides wearing the right shoes (mountain or trekking boots), bring a water bottle or another beverage, a first aid emergency kit, maps, and a Swiss Army knife.
Safety:
Always notify someone of your excursion, and if you are not accompanied by family members or friends, speak with the staff at the reception desk in your residence or hotel, and let them know of your plans. Bringing a mobile phone with you during the excursion is very helpful and might come in handy.

These measures might seem extreme, but there are many potential dangers in the mountains, and you want to avoid them. In fact, it is better to be safe than sorry!

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