Hike The Old Ponale Road from Riva del Garda in Lago di Garda and Ledro: Position on map

Hike The Old Ponale Road from Riva del Garda

The Old Ponale Road from Riva del Garda


Min: 262 ft
Max: 2461 ft
Uphill: 2182 ft
Downhill: 2021 ft
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last update on May 15, 2019
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Distance: 6.21 miles
Duration:3 h
Min: 262 ft
Max: 2461 ft
Uphill: 2182 ft
Downhill: 2021 ft

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Trail characteristics

Dirt road
Hiking trail

Route description

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The starting point of the hike can be found on the southern entry to Riva del Garda directly by the hydroelectric station of Enel. Follow the road down south until you reach a tunnel. You will now approach the Old Ponale Road on your right and follow it for the rest of the tour. The path for hikers and bikers leads its way alongside the water with a magnificent view of the Lake Garda and the nature it is surrounded by.

After a short while you will get to a bridge across the Ponale Valley. Follow the path to the left and downhill towards Pregasina. Now you only need to hike down to the valley to reach the town. It is easiest to take a bus back to the starting point of the hike from here.

Sturdy shoes necessary
Eating options available

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Where to eat

There are numerous places to eat to be found in Pregasina as well as in Riva del Garda.

Interesting facts

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  • You're traveling a distance of 6 miles on this moderate trail. Average length of all hikes in Trentino is 7 miles.
  • You shouldn’t forget to bring your hiking boots. There are some sections on the trail where sturdy footwear is required. If you get hungry along the way, there are places to rest and get food. Nevertheless it’s recommended to also have enough water and food in your backpack when hiking or biking.

Highlights of the tour

The Old Ponale Road was constructed in the 19th century and would become to be one of the most important arterial roads for a long time- The road was locked since 1990 to make room for restoration works in the closer area. It is only since 2004 that the road can be used again for bikers and pedestrians. Because of its long history, the road flourishes with a historic charm that one can feel from the first step.


While on the bridge through the Ponale Valley you can orientate yourself uphill towards the right to the Ledro Lake. That will stretch your trip for about 6 kilometers, but will also add a magnificent view to your experience.

Getting here

By car

To get to Riva del Garda by car take the SS240 or the SS421. Once in Riva, exit the highway and search for a parking space close to the southern entry of the city.

With public transportation

It is also possible to park somewhere near a bus station and take public transportation to the the "Riva Centrale Enel" stop. That will also mark the starting point of this tour.


Official Garda Trentino S.p.A.
Largo Medaglie d'oro 5
Riva del Garda
Phone+39 (0464) 554444
Fax+39 (0464) 025442
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Jim Sisson - The Old Ponale Road walkon Jan 5, 2017
Walked from Riva up the Old Ponale Road to the "Resting Point" and back down again. An excellent walk, great views, with a refreshing drink at the Resting Point. Please keep it open as we hope to t...
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