Cima Al Bal 1270 m
Cima Al Bal m. 1260 is a mountain with a dolomitic look belonging to Alpi di Ledro, a sector of Prealpi Bresciane and located nearby the border between Trentino and Lombardy counties and closely overlying the western shore of Lago di Garda, which it dominates with exceptional views. Cima Al Bal is aligned along a ridge formed by different peaks; it's the Northernmost peak climbed by the so-called Pregasina Ridges, a rather long and wild itinerary across an high rocky ridge dominating the Garda Lake and Val di Ledro, with unforgettable views. Cima Al Bal is frequently climbed starting from Pregasina as the first goal along this ridge.
The setting is pre-alpine and the route can be climbed during the middle seasons months, or also in winter in the absence of snow on these airy and exposed ridges.
The ascent to the summit involves a steep climb and some easy rock steps that don't exceed the I grade UIAA, avoidable through a less direct variation.
The ridges, in reason of their strategic location, were involved in the First World War and along the itinerary you will meet countless remains of shelters, trenches, caves and tunnels as well as a small military town. The trail runs through the Italian lines, which faced the nearby Cima Capi, where there were located the Austro Hungarian troups.
Access: from the Brennero autoroute exit Rovereto Sud and take the road to Arco and Riva del Garda. From Riva del Garda follow the road to Val di Ledro, which is reached through two long tunnels. About 300 meters after the exit of the secondtunnel, you find on the left the narrow but paved road leading to the village of Pregasina 532 m. Leave the car in the small parking lot below the church.
Cima Al Bal from Pregasina via Cima Nodice and Passo Lè
Summit quote: 1260 m
Difference in level: 750 m from Pregasina
Exposition: North, East, West
Time required: 4 hours to Cima Al Bal reversing the same route, 6 hours round trip
Starting point: Pregasina m 522
The route starts from the church of St. George in Pregasina 532 m, a hamlet of Riva del Garda, following the track towards Cima Nodice. From the parking lot up to the road above near the church and turn left near a wooden signpost, walking on a small road to an obvious crossroad indicated by a signpost. We leave on the left the main itinerary and turn to the right steeply uphill on a narrow concrete road. After a very steep first stretch we continue up a more moderate slope to the fork indicated by a signpost in locality Tof m 660. To the left it directs the path n. 422 towards Passo della Rocchetta, we maintain the right hand, following the path n. 429. When we get to a third fork, we leave on the left the path n. 429 to Bocca di Lè and turn right onto the path n. 429A, following the signpost to the Scala Santa and Cima Nodice.
After a narrow rocky passage under a singular spire called "Popo de Lè", the trail passes close to the remains of some military constructions of the WWI. Here it begins the beautiful section called "Scala Santa", a series of steps carved into the rock provided by an iron cable, that allows to overcome this rocky stretch by an easy walk. After the rocky steps we reach a point where it starts a good warpath well marked by red-white signs. This path entirely surrounds the summit of Cima Nodice and runs through trenches and caves carved into the rock. Here at first we ignore this path to get the summit of Nodice in 2 minutes, following a brief not well worn track leading to the remains of the summit military observatory. We briefly return to the military ring surrounding the summit, we walk along it following the red-white marks and we descend on the other side and after reaching the Cemetery of the Alpines we get directly Bocca di Lè 806 m.
Here turn to right on path 429 that descends to Biacesa and at a new crossroads with the signpost "Cima Al Bal" we take the left path n. 430 starting the long traverse, which touches all the peaks that surround the Pregasina plateau: Cima al Bal (or Cima Nora), Cima Strussia, Cima Nara (or Cima dei Coi - 1376 m), Cima Guil.
This part of the route runs through the ridge that joins the tops, with some rock passages to be tackled with the help of hands (short passages of I UIAA degree), and requires surefootedness. Once having climbed Cima Bal we have two options:
. reverse the same route
- alternatively continue Southwards along the Pregasina ridges - The track always follows the ridge along one of the most spectacular stretches of the route, with several ups and downs. In front of us we can already see the next peak, Cima Nara, the highest point of the whole crossing. The path 430 bypasses the summit along the Eastern side (towards the Garda Lake). Anyhow, if we don't want to miss the highest point, when we are getting to a small crossroads marked by a wooden stake we must turn sharply to the right, leaving the main trail 430. We climb up some easy rocks, leading to the summit of Cima Nara 1376 m, also called Col Coi, marked by a small signpost.
From the summit with some up and down the route joins the path 430 which descends decisively passing on the West side and crossing a beautiful forest, getting to the marked saddle of Passo Chiz. The last climb leads to the summit of Monte Guil (no indication), the last summit. A brief descent gets the beautiful meadow saddle of Prati di Guil. With a sharp left turn, the route takes the path 422 towards Passo Rocchetta, traversing under the Western slopes of Mounte Guil (Garda Lake side), getting the fascinating and characteristic large saddle of Passo Rocchetta. From Passo Rocchetta we can chose amongst three paths, all running to Pregasina: the path 130 Creste di Reamol to the right, a path that goes down right away in the middle and another path on the left. We follow the middle trail, running down inside the forest to reach the wonderful glade of Malga Palaer. From the shelter we proceed along the forest road to the right, following the signs to Bocca Larici. Once reaching Bocca Larici 881 m we continue westwards (to the right) towards the promontory of Punta Larici and, after passing through the settlement of Malga Larici, we reach the summit of Punta Larici, excellent panoramic point over the entire Garda Lake. From Punta Larici we take the crests trail, in the first section traversing with breathtaking view over the lake, then, after a steep descent, joining the forest road. Following this latter rightward we come back to Pregasina.
No permits, no fees required.
Best seasons are Spring and Autumn. Summer months may be very hot. In wintertime only in absence of snow and ice.
Different possibilities of accomodation in Riva del Garda, Val di Ledro and Pregasina
"Prealpi Bresciane" by Fausto Camerini - Collana Guide dei Monti d'Italia, CAI-TCI
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