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Bike Route on Monte Baldo from San Zeno di Montagna

Enduro on Naole’s crest

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Davide Fambri

Mountain bike, ski touring and paragliding
Angela Trawoeger
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Angela Trawoeger

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A very nice all-round tour suitable for all mountain or enduro bikes in which you will find dirt tracks but not too steep or technical uphill, followed by exciting descents along flowing single trails, with some difficult passages, white roads and dislodged rocks, all surrounded by amazing views over Lake Garda and Monte Baldo.

An unforgettable welcome awaits you at Refuge Chierego, on the top of Monte Baldo.

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Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
      San Zeno di Montagna
    • Endpoint
      San Zeno di Montagna
    • Route
      San Zeno – Due Pozze – Rifugio Fiori del Baldo – Rifugio Chierego – Creste di Naole – Malga Zocchi – Malga Monteselli – Malga Zilone – Corrubio – San Zeno
    • Starting height
      600m
    • Highest point
      1883m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      1407m/1446m
    • Distance
      34,6 km
    • Duration
      5 hrs
  • Difficulty

    • Difficulty
      difficult
    • Technical difficulty (1 to 5)
      4
    • Physical training (1 to 5)
      4
  • Scenic appeal

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

    • Round tour
    • Summit tour
    • Panoramic route
    • Panoramic route
  • Best time of year

    • From april to november
      without snow

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Points of interest along this bike trail

Let’s start with the jawdropping view: it deserves a 5 star rating! You will see Monti Lessini, the Appennini and Lake Garda.

Before the downhill starts you should take a look at the old Naole Fort, built between 1905 and 1913, located at 1675mt in Bocchette di Naole.

Tour description

Starting from San Zeno follow the tarmac road which will bring you to Prada with its moderate steepness. Pass by Contrada Prabestema and go on uphill to 920mt altitude where you will take the tarmac road on the right following indications for Refuge Chierego. (On left side you will see an abandoned cottage).
Keep on going up along the tarmac road to the big parking lot in Due Pozze at 1220mt altitude.
Look up and you will see the next part of your tour: located just a few meters under Naole’s crests and the tour continues on to Refuge Chierego.

monte baldo from two ponds

Keep on along the tarmac road on the right (indications Fiori del Baldo, Bocchette di Naole) which become off road next to a big corner going right and then left. Just follow the same white track, with its variable ground, and it will end up in Refuge Fiori del Baldo, next to the old chair lift.

Now it is up to you: having a rest here or moving on to the next Refuge? Be aware that the ascent is more challenging, very steep and over dislodged rocks that will drain your energy and skills but will reward you with an astonishing panoramic view.

After a lunch rest to regain some energy in your legs, let’s go down through a steep cutting just on the left of the Refuge, going past Refuge Fiori del Baldo, which you should bypass on the right to take the path on grass leading you to Naole’s crests.

You will now find 3 trails but take the middle one, which is the most beautiful. When it starts to go up keep on the left to the bottom of the middle of the valley, to reach Bocchette di Naole where the former Fort is located.

The path goes on in the middle of the valley leaving a small pond on your left and then straight ahead on trail 662 which is fast with some fun and technical parts, until you end up on a white road next to a fountain. Take a right and push your bike up a short but steep tarmac uphill ’til the beginning of trail 51.

Bypass Zocchi Alm from right to left, follow the path on the left, pass through a plain where another pond has to be passed by on the left and than head right along a cut which leads you to another pond. Keep right and reach Monteselli Alm.

Follow the white road on the right and then turn left after the bar; at the end of a short ascent on the right path 51 appears, crossing an open field to Alm Zilone.

Take a right following indications for Corrubio. The trail become rougher with lots of dislodged rocks that ends up in a tarmac road to Corrubio.

Now go back down the same road until you get to San Zeno.

Variant

Easy to shorten the long ascent going to Prada or Due Pozze location by car, which will need to be picked up after.

Our suggestions

  • Always bring some water to drink. There is no way to find some once you leave a Refuge and there are no wells with drinkable water.
  • Always bring a jacket with you as the weather may change very rapidly and Naole’s crest are exposed to wind.
  • Try to start as soon as possible to enjoy the tour in a relaxed way and also to avoid doing the ascent in full sun on the hottest days.
  • Unless you are a pro is possible to find yourself pushing the bike for a small time from Refuge Fiori del Baldo to Refuge Chierego.
  • You may meet lots of cows during this trail so make sure to close the gates you may need to open along the trail.

The tour during the winter

This route is not possible due to snow.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail

  • Alm Traure
    Strada di Naole
    T. 0039 345 168 7398
  • Refuge Fiori del Baldo
    At Prada
    Tel. +39 045 6862477
  • Refuge Chierego
    At Cima Costabella
    Tel. +39 045 5117875

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How to reach the starting point of the trail

San Zeno next to the church.

Parking

At the church.

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