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Valvestino-Magasa

Difficulty
Difficult
Activity time
3:30
Duration in hours
Distance
25
Distance in km
Suggested period
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At the northern end of the dam of Valvestino you reach Molino di Bollone (0,0 km) where you park near the bridge. The first route kilometers develop on the road that goes in the direction of Magasa, which runs alongside the river Toscolano first, and then the Magasino. The slope is initially moderate, then it increases in correspondence with the curve to the right and the bridge that allows to bypass the stream Armarolo, but does not require excessive effort. At the village of Magasa (7,8 km) it continues to pedal to the plateau of Rest, passing under the rocky outcrop of Rocca Pagana. There are now a couple of miles of more steep climb, with a wide panorama that opens in the direction of Mount Tombea and Caplone, the highest peak in the Lombardy Garda. The climb ends at the small church of Rest Alpini (1211 m asl), from which you can admire the vast meadows of Rest that make up a large quiet and suggestive landscape. After passing the small nucleus of restored barns of Cima Rest (11,5 km), it goes downhill to Cadria for another kilometer until you see, just beyond the first bend to the left, a road to the right on which you enter. The descent continues along path no. 292, a dirt road and then a track alongside the stream. After passing an old boundary stone marking the former border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy, the route becomes wilder for a short while, even requiring cyclists to cross the small stream several times (due to its characteristics, this stretch should only be tackled by experienced cyclists). The path no. 292, turns back into an easy dirt road near Droane, continuing until it reaches the bridge of the provincial road (22 km), before turning right to join this road and return to Molino di Bollone.

Route info
Difficult
Distance
25,0 km
Activity time
3 h 30 min
Highest point
1.211 m
Safety guidelines

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. 

Single emergency call number: 112

Punto di partenza

Valvestino, Molino di Bollone, 510 m slm 

public transportation

Molino di Bollone is reachable by bus (www.arriva.it)

How to get there

Molino di Bollone can be reached from Gargnano along the SP9 road that runs alongside the Valvestino dam, or alternatively from Idro. Parking is available at Molino di Bollone, near the bridge.

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