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746. Passo della Morte (All Mountain / Enduro)

Mountain Biking · Garda Trentino
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  • The tough climb to Padaro
    The tough climb to Padaro
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
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The elevation gain and distance involved make this quite a challenging tour; the route also presents some technical complications on certain steep stretches on loose rocky terrain
Distance 58.1 km
9:53 h
1,740 m
1,740 m
1,472 m
85 m

With an elevation gain of over 1700 m, stretches of steep gradient and a distance of 56 km, this tour needs some serious preparation.

Particularly on the western slopes of Mount Brento and Mount Casale, a gps device could come in really useful.

If you plan to do it on an emtb, bearing in mind the average autonomy of the batteries currently available on the market, you need to manage consumption carefully.

On the downhill run, as already mentioned, the terrain may be treacherous as it is very rough and loose in certain sections. Once you get down to the Lower Sarca Valley, your return trip to Arco will be mostly on cycle paths.

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Valentina Bellotti
Update: August 04, 2021
S3 difficult
Highest point
Dain, 1,472 m
Lowest point
Arco, 85 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Hosteria Toblino
Rifugio Malga San Giovanni

Safety information


  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics


Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.


The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips and hints

  •  This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. 
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 

  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.


Arco - parking place in Caneve (88 m)
45.920733, 10.889630
45°55'14.6"N 10°53'22.7"E
32T 646526 5086976
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Arco - parking place in Caneve

Turn-by-turn directions

The track provided gives the starting point as Arco; the cycle path near the Caneve car park, to be exact. Following the initial directions you head towards the town centre where you will find no signposts telling you what way to go. Nonetheless, it is easy to see and get to the church in the town centre, and cross Piazza III Novembre leaving the building behind you. At the left end of the square, at the start of via Vergolano, turn into the lane on your right and immediately turn left into Via del Dosso. Follow the old-fashioned laneway which leads into the historic part of Arco and continue on down via Stranfora. Keep on straight leaving the little church of San Bernardino on your left. When you have passed the old fountain, head uphill a short distance before turning left through the ancient walls (Porta Stranfora). Continue on to the right past the entrance to the Parco Arciducale and then turn left.

From the next junction on you will find directions again marked with the number 747, leading you through the Olivaia olive groves of Arco. Here the gradient is at times really steep. Once you come back onto the paved road, keep to the right and follow it in the firection of Padaro, about a kilometre away. When you get to the town you will also find a fresh water spring, the gradient levels off a little but you are still looking at around 10%. Keep on straight following the main road past Mandrea and Doss del Cléf. When you come to San Giovanni al Monte, you can stop off at the farmhouse for lunch in the mountains. It is a classic destination for local cyclists, but to get over the hill, you have to climb a further 350 m or so. In Marcarie, you will find yourself back on a dirt road again, with clear signposting to take to the meadowns of Malga di Vigo. Turn right here towards Malga Valbona. Once you reach it you will have to climb again for a bit to come to the higest point on the route but it’s not that far. Follow the clear signposting along the forest road and keep left, then right at the next fork. Finally, you are over the crest of the hill and begin your descent towards Comano, still on a forest road, until you come to the signpost for route 746 which you leave on your right. Here you begin a stretch on an old mule trail which is rather loose and little used. There is then another short stretch on forest road in the area around the church of Santa Croce which you leave on your right. The terrain gets quite loose again, there is a short uphill stretch, then you turn sharp left following a downhill trail which leads you onto a paved road for the centre of Cormano.

You come out on a bend, and follow directions, keeping to the left and continuing on downhill to the nearby town. Before you get there, keep to the right and head straight on down the forest road for the Passo della Morte. One over the pass, you are heading downhill once more until you come to the cycle path in the gorge Forra del Limarò. The terrain is initially smooth, but it gradually gets looser and more technical. Once you come to the cycle path, keep to the right and follow it down until soon after, you come to the main road. Keep on downhill around 4 bends until you come on the cycle path near Sarche on your right. Follow the river of the same name along the cycle path in the direction of Garda as far as  Pietramurata. When you are in front of the church, follow directions and cross the countryside until you come back onto the cycle path which you follow as far as Dro. Here it is interrupted again, but follow the directions for bikes, cross through the town centre, and keep on going down the road towards Ceniga. Once you pass this little town and the acess road for the Roman Bridge on your right, you will come across the cycle path once more which you taken as far as Arco, your point of departure.


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Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino



Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre).

More Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).


45.920733, 10.889630
45°55'14.6"N 10°53'22.7"E
32T 646526 5086976
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino BIKE Map- On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 

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Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112

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S3 difficult
58.1 km
9:53 h
1,740 m
1,740 m
Highest point
1,472 m
Lowest point
85 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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