Hiking trail from San Michele to Tratto Spino, passing through path 5 and cima Valdritta
A difficult route suitable for hikers with a secure footing and good level of fitness. You will walk for about 17km over a gain in height of 2500m and loss of height of 1400m
|Route||San Michele - Piombi - Forcella Valdritta (sentiero 5) - Cima Valdritta - Cima del Longino - Cima Pozzette - Tratto Spino|
|Altitude - ascent/descent||2611m/1432m|
|Technical difficulty (1 to 5)||4|
|Physical training (1 to 5)||4|
|CAI (italian alpine club) difficulty scale||EE: Expert Hikers*|
|Scenic appeal (1 to 5)|
- Tour route
- Summit tour
- Cable car ascent/descent
- Panoramic route
- Insider tip
Best time of year
From may to november, without snow
Points of interest along this hiking trail
This is a tricky but interesting trek, varied and stimulating. You start from the woods and get to Forcella Valdritta, through typical Alpine scenery, a long way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are panoramic views over Lake Garda and Monte Baldo.
From Cima Valdritta, we recommend you take path 651 to get to the next peak at 2218m, the highest point of the Monte Baldo range.
From San Michele at the halfway station of the Cable Car, you go uphill through Prai following signs to Signor/Piombi. You will walk uphill for about an hour on a cement path until you reach the wayside shrine of Signor. At the fork in the road, stay right and follow signs for Piombi. After about 30 minutes walking you will get to the clearing at Piombi and, at the next fork, go right and then next left following signs for Forcella Valdritta on path number 5.
A lovely woodland walk starts here going across the Lastoni Pezzi nature reserve. The first part is not very difficult. Just after you leave the woods, you will find a sign that says “water – 100m” where you should leave the planned route for a moment to visit the fountain which is under the rocks where the water descends and you have a wonderfully untamed scene in front of you.
Go back and then turn left towards Forcella Valdritta. Here the path becomes more open, rocky and less flat. As you go uphill, this area becomes wilder and more interesting all the way up to Valdritta. This last part is fairly difficult but typically alpine, very beautiful and full of chamoix. Following the horizontal signs, in about an hour you will get to path 651.
Carry on for a short distance towards north and then take the path on the left indicating Cima Valdritta which will take 10 or 15 minutes to go up. Cima Valdritta at 2218 m is the highest peak on the Monte Baldo Range. To carry on this route you go back down the same path. From here go north and after 2.5 hours of walking you get to Tratto Spino, to the top station of the Malcesine Monte Baldo Cable Car. This is a tough walk with lots of up and down hills.
Click here to read a description of the Peaks tour which runs the opposite way to this itinerary.
If you want to go to Telegrafo to eat or sleep at the Refuge, come off the Forcella and get back onto path 651 under Cima Valdritta, turn south and after an hour’s walk you will get to the Gaetano Barana Telegrafo Refuge. The refuge is just below the Telegrafo peak and has been run since 2013 by the people of Equipe Natura.
- Just after Cima Valdritta, on path 651, to go back to Tratto Spino you will find a short climbing path – don’t worry it is short and easy!
- At the foot of Cima Valdritta we suggest you leave CAI 651 and take the path which will bring you in 15 minutes up to the peaks
- Leave early in the morning and get an up to date weather forecast before you leave.
- The last part of this route is full of chamoix. If you go early in the morning and go QUIETLY, you stand a good chance of seeing them
- Take lots of liquids to drink and energy giving foods there aren’t many places to eat around this area
- Go early in the morning especially in the summer. From Cima Valdritta to Tratto Spino, the walk goes along the Monte Baldo ridge and is very exposed.
The tour during the winter
This itinerary in the winter. You can’t do this route when it has snowed.
Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail
There are none during this route.
When you get to Tratto Spino:
- Ristorante Bar Cime del Baldo:
Which is at the cable car station
Tel. +39 045 6584283
- Ristorante Bar Baita dei Forti:
10 metres from the cable car Station
Tel. +39 045 7400319
- Rifugio Telegrafo G.Barana:
At Cima Telegrafo
Tel. +39 045 7731797 - Cell. +39 349 1389629
How to reach the starting point of the trail
The middle station of San Michele.
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