Via ferrata




10 Hidden Trails at Lake Garda You Must Explore

Top 10 Lesser-Known Routes from Brenzone to Riva del Garda, up to Val di Ledro

  • San Zeno di Montagna
  • 24.03.2024
  • Best routes to take
Angela Trawoeger
Text and Photos

Angela Trawoeger

Creator, photographer and content manager

Whether by bike, on foot, or with a climbing kit, at Lake Garda, you’ll always find the right trail for your needs. There are forest paths for quiet, scenic routes to enjoy the beauty of Garda and more challenging ones for those who want to work up a sweat.

There are the famous trails, the ones everyone knows, and they are beautiful. However, try them on weekdays, off-season, or early in the morning and you can enjoy them with fewer people around. You’ll be doing nature a favour, too.

In this article, we’ve picked ten less frequented routes that are as enchanting as the famous ones and sometimes even more so. Whether they’re easy walks or more demanding challenges, each path offers an opportunity to connect with nature and experience the beauty of Garda.

1 • Balot Tacà Via a Sommavilla di Brenzone

Easy • 1,5 hrs • 1,8 km • Ascent: 250m

dettaglio del balot tacà via

The Baloc tacà via, also known as Baloc in Italian, “the hanging boulder,” is a large rock perfectly wedged between two high rock walls. It can be reached in about forty minutes by ascending the dry riverbed in Val Torrente. Go for it if you’re in the mood for an easy yet less trodden—and rugged—walk in a wild and secluded setting. Wear stout shoes that provide good ankle protection and avoid the hike on rainy days or the days following heavy storms.

Read more about Balot Tacà Via

2 • Violet Tour – Monte Baldo South by E-MTB

Medium to easy • 5 hrs • 60,8 km • Ascent: 602m

Monte Baldo, Prada in Emtb

Explore the two sides of Monte Baldo on this leisurely yet long tour amid views, pastures, and the trails of the most beautiful mountain in Lake Garda, also known as the Garden of Europe for its rich biodiversity. Asphalt stretches through beech and oak woods, alternating with more technical dirt tracks across the pastures. This route covers nearly all the climatic zones of Lake Garda, from 1780 meters at loc. Tratto Spino and about 70-80 meters above sea level in the lakeside towns

Violet Tour – Monte Baldo South by E-MTB

3 • Sentiero degli Scaloni or delle Cavre in Dro

Easy • 3,5 hrs • 6,7 km • Ascent: 525m

Scale del sentiero attrezzato degli scaloni

The “Sentiero degli Scaloni” is a historic trail built in the early 1900s by the Austrians above the small towns of Ceniga and Dro. This route is also known as “Percorso alle Cavre”. Cavre is the cradle once used as a cable car for transporting timber downhill. You’ll walk along partly cable-equipped paths, suspended ladders, and walkways. This route is perfect for getting started on via Ferrata climbing.

Sentiero degli Scaloni or delle Cavre di Dro

First time on a Via Ferrata?

Trust a Lake Garda Alpine Guide to lead the way

4 • Il Sentiero del Ventrar

Medium • 2 hes• 4,88 km • Ascent: 514m

Sentiero del Ventrar

This botanical paradise is judged among the most beautiful in Europe. The Ventrar cuts into the north face of Colma di Malcesine on Monte Baldo, taking you from the east side to the west in about a kilometre. The path is easy and short, but caution is required on the Ventrar Trail (number 3), classified by CAI as suitable for experienced hikers (EE).

Il Sentiero del Ventrar

5 • Trail 654 of Monte Baldo

Medium to difficult – 3 hes – 5,6 km • Ascent : 1225 m

alba sul monte baldo

Located in Brenzone on Lake Garda, Trail 654 leads to the Telegrafo Refuge, the highest alpine refuge on Monte Baldo at 2147 meters. Expect a challenging trek through stunning and isolated natural surroundings. At the Telegrafo Refuge, you’ll find simple, traditional dishes focusing on local products.

Path 654

6 • The Patriarch of Baldo

Medium • 3 hrs • 9,4 km • Ascent: 587m

Patriarca del Baldo

The Patriarch of Baldo is a white fir listed in the Vallagarina Monumental Trees registry. Its candelabrum shape, with eight branches pointing towards the sky, is unique and imposing. Its trunk circumference is over 600 cm, one of the widest recorded for this species. This trek in Avio is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the forest and breathe in its essence.

The Patriarch of Baldo

7 • Cross Country Biking at Lake Ledro on Trail 729

Medium • 2,5 hrs • 15,8 km • Ascent: 528 m

discesa al lago di ledro

We offer you an alternative tour of Lake Ledro that, in less than 3 hours and with the right amount of effort, offers constantly changing perspectives of this beautiful Alpine Lake. On your bike, whether muscle-powered or electric, you’ll transition from the beach to the forest, from asphalt to accessible dirt roads, ending with a refreshing dip in one of Trentino’s cleanest lakes.

Cross Country Biking at Lake Ledro on Trail 729

On an E-MTB at Lake Garda with a Local Guide

Are you alone or want to ride in a group but need help figuring out where to go? Let a local guide take you to the most beautiful spots.

8 • The Marocche di Dro

Medium to easy • 2 hrs • 5,5 km • Ascent: 178 m

Marocche di dro

The Marocche di Dro, from “Maròc”, meaning “rock block” in the Trentino dialect, is located between Dro, Lake Cavedine, and Drena. The Marocche are debris from landslides on Monte Brento caused by the retreat of the glacier that once occupied the Sarca Valley. This easy circular walk takes you through a nearly lunar, rocky desert landscape where flora and fauna have adapted to a predominantly arid environment.

The Marocche di Dro

9 • Gorg D’Abiss

Medium to easy • 3 hrs • 7,3 km • Ascent: 411m

Cascata Gorg D'Abiss

Gorg d’Abiss, Gorg d’Abiss, a vortex of the abyss, is the name of the waterfall in Tiarno di Sotto, in Val di Ledro, carved by the Massangla stream into the rock. It’s a small cascade of clear, turquoise water that falls along the walls of a cave, creating a mountain lake. This mostly paved loop trail is for you if you need a walk in the woods.

Waterfall Gorg D’Abiss

10 • The Villages of Brenzone on Lake Garda

Easy • 2,5 hrs• 13,2 km • Ascent: 550m


Brenzone on Lake Garda is unique in that it doesn’t have a main centre but consists of 16 small hamlets scattered along the inland slopes alternating with vast natural areas. In addition to the 16 hamlets, there are numerous locations often made up of 4 or 5 houses, many of which are named with the prefix “Cà” (meaning “house” in dialect) and the surname of the family that lived there. This easy route lets you visit 14 of them on the hillside and along the beach. If you go in the summer, bring your swimsuit.

The Villages of Brenzone on Lake Garda

Tested for you

The new section: courses and excursions tested for you by the team of 360gardalife

Sport activities

From 360 Magazine

Our commitment, in practice

Logo 1% for the planet

We are part of 1% for the Planet

an alliance of companies donating at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental organisations

Logo Manifesto 360gardalife

We have written a Manifesto

5. We do not possess Nature, we are in fact a part of it. Nature is our home and we protect it from every form of abuse.

Read the other points
Logo 360 path cleanup

We organise an ecological day

Can a small gesture make a difference? Yes, it can.
If the ocean is made of drops, humanity is made of people. And you are one of them.

Sign up
Logo riforestazione sostenibilita

We reforest to absorb CO2

to reduce the impact generated by this site.

Logo goccia

We do our best every day

to give back to the Planet at least a little of what it gives us.

Read more about our commitment to the Planet