Monte Casale, the balcony on Lake Garda
|uphill difference in height||170 meters (610 meters in the case of ring path and crossing to Cima Granzoline)|
|downhill difference in height||170 meters|
|time needed||1,20 hours (4 hours in the case of ring path and Granzoline crossing)|
|notes||always very scenic path in healthy environment between meadows and Woods|
Excursion to Mount Casale, with awesome views of the South-Western Trentino landscape. At the village of Ponte Arche follow indications to Comano, here, at the Hotel Panoramica, it is necessary to pay (€5) to leave the car at the car-park located at an altitude of 1450 (32 Km from Molveno, approximately 50 minutes).
The hike begins on a dirt road to Rifugio Don Zio, usually open in Summer at weekends and every day in the first three weeks of August. Another 10 minute climb through green lush meadows to the Casale plains where you can catch your breath and admire the beautiful views over the Banal and the Bleggio municipalities and unique views of Lake Garda, Lake Santa Massenza, Lake Toblino and Lake Cavedine. But that's not all: awesome views of the Val Ambiez and the central peaks of the Brenta Group and further away, the Caré Alto and other elevations of the Adamello.
There are various options for crossing mount Casale: from the car park along trail 408 towards Malga Val Bona, and then towards Cima Granzoline, m.1579. The first part is downhill on cart track which then turns into a very easy scenic ridge trail across meadows and through woods . Return by the same route.
Another possibility for the more determined: from Mount Granzoline to “ Becco dell'Aquila” aka Mount Brento, m.1545 (base jumper's launching platform).
Evocative images from Monte Casale