Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.87459°N / 10.80458°E
Additional Information County: Trentino Alto-Adige
Activities Activities: Scrambling, Via Ferrata
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 3573 ft / 1089 m
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Overview

Cima Rocca m. 1089

Cima Rocca m. 1089 is a slender rock piramyd belonging to the Prealpi Bresciane and Gardesane, sector Alpi di Ledro, and dominating the village of Biacesa in Val di Ledro and the lower Cima Capi. This pyramid, also called Sperone della Rocchetta, is surmounted by a cross. Three reasons make the ascent to Cima Rocca a fine experience: the interest of the approaching itinerary and the next Via Ferrata, the breathtaking views over the near Garda Lake and above all the important and well preserved remains of the First World War, a powerful defensive system built by the Austro-Hungarians on this mountain lying in a strategic position, with the purpose to check from the top the enemy troops' movements. The location of the mountain was considered so important that the Italians several times tried to conquer the summit without success. Cima Rocca is surrounded by numerous trenches and perforated by several tunnels, including that one extending itself for about 300 meters, entirely dark.

Summit of Cima Rocca

Summit of Cima Rocca

Spectacular view over Garda Lake and Cima Capi from Cima Rocca

Spectacular view over Garda Lake and Cima Capi from Cima Rocca

Getting There

Access: from the Brennero autoroute exit Rovereto Sud and take the road to Riva del Garda. From here follow the road to Val di Ledro, leading through a tunnel to the small village of Biacesa di Ledro m. 418.

Cima Rocca topo

Route: Cima Rocca Normal route from Biacesa di Ledro

Cima Rocca Normal ascent from Biacesa di Ledro

Difficulty: EE Difference in level: 670 m from Biacesa di Ledro

Route partially equipped with iron ropes and a ladder, that allows the ascent of the rocky southern slopes of Cima Rocca. The proposed itinerary has a strong historical character as it links the various forts, tunnels and buildings dating from the World War I. Very characteristic the tunnels, well preserved.

Bivacco Arcioni, an eagle's nest over Garda Lake

Bivacco Arcioni

The small church of San Giovanni

The church of San Giovanni dominating Biacesa

Cima Rocca, an equipped section of the route

Along Via Ferrata

Reached the only traffic lights in the village of Biacesa turn to right and follow the signposts to Cima Capi and Cima Rocca, leaving your car in a large parking lot. We walk briefly among the houses of the village, reaching a fork near a fountain, where on the right we find again the Club Alpino Italiano red and white signpost to Cima Rocca and Cima Capi. Here we take the right track that goes up through the last houses of the village, reaching a second fork. We leave on the right the path to Cima Capi and continue straight along the path 417 that enters the woods, reaching a third fork. Leave on the left the path 417 to the Bochet dei Concolì and follow the path on the right, at a fourth fork always follow to the right, rising to the Church of San Giovanni m. 840 (1 hours from Biacesa) with nice panoramic views over the Val di Ledro. With a brief digression (just 1 minute!) we reach the Bivouac Arcioni m. 845 a nice eagle's nest from which it appears a breathtaking view of the vast expanse of water of Garda Lake and the nearby Cima Capi. Go back a few meters to take on the right a steeper track (signpost 471) rising towards the limestone wall of Cima Rocca, well visible, and reaching the entrance of the first war–tunnel.

Window open over Val di Ledro inside the first WWI tunnel

First tunnel's slit dominating Val di Ledro

First WWI tunnel exit ladder

First WWI tunnel exit ladder-

WWI trench near the summit

War trench near the summit

We enter the winding tunnel with several and small panoramic multidirectional windows and following the signposts we head to right to reach the exit of the tunnel. A 12 meters metal vertical ladder, equipped with a safety rope, leads us out of the tunnel. Now we climb inside the wood some steep steps, well equipped with an iron rope, quickly reaching the entrance of the second tunnel, this second one shows other several panoramic multidirectional slits. Following the signposts inside the tunnel we exit this latter, reaching a nice terrace giving breathtaking views. After a short climb, we reach the entrance of the third and last tunnel. We’ll enter it later, now we follow the path 417a to reach the superb summit of Cima Rocca. This path follows an old war trench lying along the summit crest, reaching the summit cross (summit book, 2 hours from Biacesa). From the top you can enjoy a superb view of Garda Lake and the confluence of the river Sarca and the many surrounding peaks, such as Monte Stivo, Bondone with its three summits, Monte Altissimo di Nago and below us the summit of Cima Capi. Westward numerous peaks of the Ledro Alps appear.

Signposts near the third WWI tunnel

Signposts near the third tunnel

Cima Rocca summit cross

Summit

Malga Vasotina

Malga Vasotina

Monte Stivo and Northern Garda Lake seen from Cima Rocca
Monte Stivo and Northern Garda Lake seen from Cima Rocca

Descent - We retrace on our steps, descending to the entrance of the 300 meters tunnel completely dark and we enter it, walking inside equipped with a head torch. After exiting the tunnel, we walk inside the shady trenches located on the northern side of the mountain in the direction of Bocca Pasumer and without reaching it, in view of a large electricity pylon, we take the left path n. 460/b, which drops down in the wood reaching the magnificent Malga Vasotina or Malga Degiacomi m. 960. The trail reaches two consecutive crossroads, in the vicinity of which we always keep the left, reaching the path n. 460 just below the Church of San Giovanni. In the last part of the descent we follow the reverse path of ascent, leading to Biacesa.

Essential gear

Via Ferrata set, helmet, a head torch - In wintertime, according with the conditions, crampons and axe may be useful.

Red Tape

No permits, no fees required

When to Climb

All year round

Cima Rocca seen from Riva

Cima Rocca seen from Riva del Garda

Biacesa di Ledro, start of the route

Biacesa di Ledro, start of the route

View from the summit of Cima Rocca

View from the summit

Accomodation

Several possibilities of accomodation in Val di Ledro and Riva del Garda

Bibliography

Cima Rocca map

Map: KOMPASS sheeet 071 – Alpi di Ledro Valli Giudicarie 1:50.000

Meteo Forecast

METEO TRENTINO

External Links

Trentino Grande Guerra