Capanna Grassi is just 16 km away from Riva del Garda, for your cycling holidays in a spectacular setting of lush green fields.
The excursion leads along an itinerary of cycle paths which develop north of lake Garda, extremely popular among cyclists. Starting from Riva del Garda, head towards Pranzo di Tenno.
The Capanna Grassi refuge is accessible via Campi along a narrow but tarmacked road. It is also an unmissable food and wine stop.FIND OUT MORE
Immersed in a green meadow landscape, Capanna Grassi is sixteen kilometres from Riva del Garda at an altitude of 1048 m asl. We propose a bike excursion totalling 32 km there and back. The itinerary, extremely popular among cyclists, takes you along cycle paths which develop north of Lake Garda.
Starting from Riva del Garda, head towards Pranzo di Tenno.
Most of the ascent is along a tarmacked state road (240), but don't worry, traffic levels are remarkably low along these stretches. The Capanna Grassi refuge is accessible via Campi along a narrow but tarmacked road. This is why it is so popular as a point of departure for walkers, with the chance to purchase refreshments. The ascent takes you along a series of what could be best described as levels, initially along olive groves, followed by chestnut and broad leaf woodland.
Departure is from the centre of Riva del Garda. The Palacongressi complex, home to InGarda, has been selected as a meeting point for you. From here proceed along the lakeside for a few hundred metres until you reach the cycle path which will lead you to Varone. At the Via Ballino and Roncaglie junction keep left and you'll reach Provincial Road 37, towards Deva.
The road presents a constant upward ascent which is also perfect for specific training programmes. Cycle along the State road and keep right on all the junctions you come across. Head towards Pranzo upon reaching Deva.
After Pranzo (6.5 km, 463 m asl), continue towards Tenno then turn towards Campi, your 10 km mark. You'll reach Campi, your first partial objective, after conquering a six hundred metre ascent (taking you to an altitude of 670 m asl).
Now cross the town and begin the ascent on your right leading towards San Martino. This is the last tarmacked upward stretch before the final dirt track section leading towards the Grassi Refuge. Here the uphill climb is somewhat tougher. There's no cause for alarm: it's perfectly doable for cyclists like you. The ascent begins to level off and you'll now be able to breath in some true mountain air. The climb ends at an altitude 1048 metres, after a challenging 16 kilometre stretch. The Grassi Refuge is a reference point for all Trentino food enthusiasts who flock here to savour typical local dishes (the facility is open from Spring until Autumn). A word of advice: the area is rich in chestnut trees so pay particular attention in the Autumn when you'll find paths covered in prickly shells, otherwise you'll find yourself having to grapple with a flat tyre.
Now that you are full, it's time to head back towards base. Return along the came cycle path towards Riva del Garda. Are you true mountain bikers and prefer to experience new thrills rather than simply return along the same route? Let's take a more spectacular route: the famous "Pinza".
This entirely downhill itinerary is definitely the fastest way to reach Riva del Garda, through the village of Campi, followed by a dive into woodland landscapes. Now you've added a downhill experience to your cycling holiday too.