Lake Garda : Hiking Itineraries

Lake Garda's alpine and excursionist refuges - From Campione to Prabione
Starting out from Campione, along the right banks of the Campione River, is trail nr. 267 of the "Bassa via del Garda" [Lower Garda Route] with a series of steps that lead to a tunnel (15 min: make sure you have a flashlight with you!) and a communication trench between a canal and a deep ravine. Leaving the metal bridge to your right, you proceed along trail nr. 266 for Prabione, which is right up against the rocks. Gradually, the panorama opens on the valley, Pregasio, Cadignano, Sermerio, and the Tignalga and Lavino mountains. The trail turns into a mule trail that travels through a hornbeam woods and exits in Bàit, near a rustic home surrounded by a meadow with chestnut trees (35 minutes).
After 300 meters you'll see the Campogrande tourist resort. To the right, along an asphalt road, you'll proceed to the Visitors' Center of the Alto Garda Park of Brescia, then reach the first homes of the old town center of Prabione (540 m), where you'll continue on the right along trail nr. 204. As the trail descends, you'll bear left in the next two forks in the road, then always bear right in the other forks in the road until you reach Puntesèl (30 min), where the trail ascends to Cadignano (30 min.).
You'll meet up with the province road to Pregasio (478 m), cross the road and, shortly before the San Marco church, take Via Lo, which coincides with trail nr. 267 of the Bassa Via del Garda. Leaving the Villa Selene hotel to your left, you'll descend along the mule trail to the isolated hay barn surrounded by olive trees (30 minutes). The trail, which is literally dug out of the rock, will take you once again to the San Michele ravine. You'll cross the metal bridge that you passed during your ascent. Bearing left, and following trail nr. 267 among the nets, you'll cross the cramped tunnel and reach the piazza of Campione (4 hrs.).

Departure: Campione (74 m)
Arrival: Campione (74 m)
Total difference in height (round trip): 940 m.
Time: 4 hr.
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 to 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 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).
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.
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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