The trail begins at Rest, where characteristic Austro-Hungarian barns can be admired. One of these typical thatched-roof structures houses the Valvestino Ethnographic Museum, which recounts the history and traditions that have shaped the area. A few metres before the little church of the Alpini (1210 m asl), the itinerary follows a concrete road (path no. 299) that unwinds on the fields heading north. This road goes uphill toward the meadows of Rest, and is characterised by the typical barns of Austrian- Hungarian origins, and by monumental century-old beech trees. Once you go past Malga Alvezza (1265 m asl), continue until you reach a sharp turn. Forget about the indications to Bocca di Cablone and Monte Tombea (a longer trail can be done by MTB), and follow the path no. 267B. The mule road goes uphill through green fields, a wood made of fir and beech trees, with breathtaking views on Magasa and the fields of Denai. Waded a small river, walk on to the end of the wood, where you should follow a series of grassy hills and a rivulet joining an untarmacked road. Follow the path to the crossroads, turn left and walk past Malga Tombea (1820 m asl) (this short stretch cannot be done by bike). The pride of this area is the Tombea cheese. With its own Slow Food presidium, it is considered one of the finest alpine dairy products. Its distinctive feature is a delicate, pleasant flavour with a vanilla aftertaste. Moving on, on the right an old defensive military mule road will take you in a few minutes on top of Monte Tombea (1950 m asl), an amazing panoramic spot ovelooking both Pianura Padana with lake Garda, and the highest peaks of Adamello and Dolomiti di Brenta mountain chains. The whole area is of great botanical interest thanks to endemic flora such as Saxifraga tombeanensis. Just walk back on the same path to return to the starting point.
Make sure you take with you all the necessary equipment and clothes for excursions according to the season. Check the weather forecast the day before your trip and verify that the track is open on the day you choose. During the excursion do not deviate from the signalled path, respect the highway code and the environment, do not leave your waste along the path. The viability of the routes may not necessarily coincide with the indications, it needs to be verified permanently and periodically on the ground. The Author declines any responsibility for any accidents or damages that may occur on the proposed routes.
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Magasa, little church of the Alpini Cima Rest, 1210 m slm
Bus service available reaching Magasa (www.arriva.it), about 40 minutes on foot from the little church of the Alpini of Cima Rest.
The meadows of Rest can be reached from Gargnano (deviation for Magasa along Strada Statale 45 bis Gardesana Occidentale), but also from Idro (deviation for Capovalle along SS237). Parking available nearby little church of the Alpini or opposite the traditional bar-ristorante with the typical thatched roof.