Cima Nodice 860 m
Cima Nodice 860 m is a minor summit 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 Nodice is the first summit situated along the way to the so-called Pregasina Ridges and overlooks the Garda Lake and Val di Ledro with unforgettable views. On some topographic maps it is called Cima di Lè, but the name currently in use is Cima Nodice, taking origin from the name of the Austrian officer, Nodic, who directed the fortification works before the WWI. During the October 1915, the Italians after 5 days of attempts captured the top, still rich in remains of fortifications including walkways, galleries and observation stations on the underlying Lago di Garda.
Cima Nodice is frequently climbed along the itinerary starting from the village of Pregasina, a hamlet of Riva del Garda, as first goal along the Pregasina Ridges. Another path starting from Biacesa joins the previous route at Bocca di Lè and from here climbs the summit.
The setting is pre-alpine and the route can be climbed all year round.
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 second tunnel, you find on the left the narrow but paved road leading to the village of Pregasina 532 m, a hamlet of Riva del Garda. Leave the car in the small parking lot below the church.
Cima Nodice from Pregasina
Summit quote: 860 m Difficulty: EE Difference in level: 320 m from Pregasina Starting point: Pregasina m 522
From the parking lot 522 m under the church of St. George in Pregasina take the narrow street rising to the church. From here we head to the left taking a signposted mule track, getting soon an obvious crossroad indicated by a signpost. We leave on the left the itinerary to Passo Larici and Passo Rocchetta and turn to the right on a steep and narrow concrete road. After a very steep first stretch we continue up a more moderate slope to another fork indicated by a signpost in locality Tof m 660.
To the left it starts 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 just two 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 and we walk along it following the red-white marks, betting the path on the opposite side which descend getting the Cemetery of the Alpines and directly Bocca di Lè 806 m. From Bocca di Lè we take the left branch of the path, coming back to Pregasina.
No permits, no fees required.
Best seasons are Spring, Autumn and Winter. Summer months may be very hot.
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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