Lake Garda : Hiking Itineraries

Lake Garda's alpine and excursionist refuges - From Sasso to the Saint Valentine hermitage.
From the square in Sasso, follow the signs for trail nr. 31 that crosses the town and enters a forest along a mule trail. You'll pass a stream and walk up to a rocky belvedere (700 m; 35 min.), with a sweeping view of Lake Garda. Shortly after, you'll leave trail nr. 31 and take the trail to the right that descends to the rocky valley of the Guandalini. You'll pass a gate that accesses the terrace on which the Saint Valentine hermitage sits (715 m.; 15 min.). The hermitage was built after the plague of 1638. You'll take the same route back for the return trip (about 1 hour).

Departure: Sasso (555 m.)
Arrival: Sasso (555 m.
Total difference in height (round trip): 340 m.
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: T = Tourist. Includes itineraries on roads, mule trails and easy, well-marked trails that have no uncertainties, difficulty or problems with orientation. These routes are also suitable for beginners and first-time mountain hikers.
Period: all year
Map: Kompass n. 071, 101 e 102
Access: from the state road S.S. 45 bis, to Gargnano, take the road for Navazzo and Valvestino; at the intersection, after 7 km, bear right for Sasso; 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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