Trekking

The Monte Baldo Nature Reserve Lastoni Selva Pezzi at lake Garda

Trekking route from San Michele to Monte Baldo along Piombi

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Matteo Facchinetti

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Angela Trawoeger
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Angela Trawoeger

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A beautiful trek both up and downhill which takes you from San Michele to Tratto Spino, passing through the wonderful Nature Reserve Lastoni Selva Pezzi, one of the most interesting areas for flora and fauna on the whole Monte Baldo range.

This route is 7.3 km long and has a rise of 1300m over some mixed terrain of tarmac roads, woodland paths and some fairly difficult pieces.

Map and GPS Track

Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
      San Michele
    • Endpoint
      Tratto Spino
    • Route
      San Michele – Signor – Piombi – Tratto Spino
    • Starting height
      580m
    • Highest point
      1760m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      1351m/171m
    • Distance
      7,30km
    • Duration
      3 hrs
  • Difficulty

  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (1 to 5)
      4
    • Landscape (1 to 5)
      5
  • Type of route

    • Return track on the same route
    • Cable car ascent/descent
    • Panoramic route
    • Insider tip
  • Best time of year

    • All year over
      without snow

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Points of interest along this hiking trail

This countryside is a mosaic of beech and white fir woods.
This zone abounds with species of plants and animals that are rare and endemic to this area, all of which are protected.
When you leave the woods you will find wonderful views over the Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Tour description

From the half-way station of the Cable Car, go uphill eastwards keeping the Lake to your shoulders. Keep going along the tarmac road for Prai until you reach the Way Marker of Signor (for those of you wishing to leave the tarmac road there are many paths in the woods that take you off and on this main route).

At the fork in the road, keep right on path no. 2 and this takes you off the tarmac path. Keep going uphill first on a mule track and then on a path until you get to the Barracks at Piombi. At the next fork, keep left and go straight on until you arrive at Tratto Spino.

Variant

This walk can be done the other way round or you can start (or finish) this walk in Malcesine.

  • Altitude: 1780m

Our suggestions

  • To avoid the cable car queue during the high season you can go by car to the half-way cable car station in San Michele
  • Don’t do it by bike, we remind you all that you are not allowed to cycle in any of the areas of the Integrated Natural Reserve Laston Selva Pezzi and Eastern Garda
  • If you are quiet you may meet a Chamoix

The tour during the winter

This route is only passable with little snow and take with you snowshoes or crampons with poles.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail

  • Skywalk Lounge Bar Monte Baldo
    At the cable car station (1780 m)
    Tel. +39 045 6584283
  • Ristorante Bar Baita dei Forti
    10 metres from the cable car station (1780 m)
    Tel. +39 045 7400319

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How to reach the starting point of the trail

The middle station of San Michele.

By car

It is located in San Michele at about 580 meters of height. Once in Malcesine take the Panoramica road (both from north or south) and when you arrive at the Campiano pass, before going downhill again, turn right uphill if you come from south, or left if you come from north. Keep going up for about 2 km on the wider road until you reach the cable car station.

With the cable car:

Here to see rates, timetables and opening times.
Tel. +39 045 7400206

Parking

San Michele

Public transport

None

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