Corno della Marogna 1953 m
On the border between the provinces of Brescia and Trento, along the ridge between the basin of Tremosine and Val di Ledro, there is an impervious peak, the Corno della Marogna, whose southern slope precipitates steeply with a number incredible rocky spiers to the bottom of the valley, which then descends to Vesio.the Trentino side looking towards Passo Tremalzo is less harsh and from there it starts tha standard route to climb the summit. Corno della Marogna belongs to the Prealpi Bresciane e Gardesane, Tremalzo chain, situated at the head of the Val S. Michele. Together with the nearby Monte Tremalzo, Corno della Marogna forms a couple of important summits, exceeded by altitude only from Monte Caplone, also located within the Parco Regionale Alto Garda Bresciano, an impervious and scarcely anthropized area where the mountains often require long approaches.
Corno della Marogna and Monte Tremalzo form an exception, thanks to the possibility to drive up to Passo Tremalzo at 1665 meters above sea level, from which the two mountains are accessible with a short ascent but interesting ascent.
The summit of the Corno della Marogna offers a spectacular view of the Adamello-Presanella groups, the Brenta Dolomites and the Western Dolomites, Mount Baldo and the lakes of Garda and Ledro. The area is also particularly interesting from the point of view of the existing flower species, with different endemisms.
From Riva del Garda we follow the state road that leads to Val di Ledro through two long tunnels. After the village of Biacesa the road reachs the Lago di Ledro near the village of Molina. The road runs along the northern shore of the lake, reaching Pieve di Ledro, then Bezzecca, Tiarno di Sopra and Tiarno di Sotto. We are finally at a second smaller lake on the left of the road: it is the Lago d'Ampola, a protected biotope due to its particular flora and fauna. Immediately after we leave the main road, to turn left at the signpost "Passo Tremalzo". The road rises with numerous hairpin bends reaching the Passo Tremalzo in little more than 10 kilometers. Just over the pass near the Rifugio Garda 1702 m. the road is closed to the motor vehicles. On the right we can leave the car in a large parking lot.
Corno della Marogna from Rifugio Garda
Summit quote: 1953 m
Difference in level: 250 m from the refuge
We begin to walk along the road closed to traffic by the ban on transit. Towards the northeast, a short distance away, the landscape is dominated by the great shape of the Corno della Marogna characterized by slopes covered in mugo pine with calcareous outcrops that give the mountain a wild and alpine look. We walk on an almost level path passing through meadows and pastures, pointing in the direction of the already visible saddle that separates the Corno della Marogna from the Tremalzo mountain, more to the left.
Shortly we reach the saddle called Bocca di Val Marcia (m 1790). We keep, for a short distance, the gravel road now uphill. The track makes an evident hairpin bend and then crosses diagonally upwards at the foot of a series of limestone cliffs. A little further on, the road enters an artificial tunnel carved into the rock. The ascent path to the Corno della Marogna separates to the right, a few meters before the tunnel. The traces are not very evident as they are not marked and without signs: in case of difficulty in finding them you can choose another solution, even simpler. You go through the tunnel and at the exit always on the right it starts an obvious trail rising between the vegetation to the summit. It should be noted that the crossing of the tunnel leads to a change of slope.
Descent: the return is done reversing the same route. During the descent it's possible a brief digression to reach the nearby summit called Belvedere della Marogna.
Cars are not allowed beyond the Refuge Garda.
This group of mountains is a nice destination for botanical trips. During the spring, in addition to the various and most common species of flora, you can find some endemic species, like the Paederota bonarota, the Primula spectabilis, the Silene elisabethae.
All year round. Winter ascents requires snowshoes or an ice-axe and crampons in the presence of ice.
Several possibilities of accomodation in Val di Ledro.
"Prealpi Bresciane" by Fausto Camerini - Collana Guide dei Monti d'Italia, CAI-TCI
"Alpi di Ledro - Tremalzo" - LagirAlpina sheet 16 - 1:25.000