Monte Carone m. 1621
Monte Carone m. 1621 is a massive rocky summit belonging to the Prealpi Bresciane and Gardesane and dominating the Garda Lake with exceptional views. It's the highest summit of the homonymous subgroup. Apart from the breathtaking summit views towards East over the mountains surrounding Garda Lake, as Monte Baldo, and towards West over Adamello, Presanella and Brenta Dolomites, this mountain is really interesting to discover the important and well preserved remains of the First World War, built by the Italian command, placed on the former border between the Kingdom of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Monte Carone area was transformed into a large military complex: the aim was to block the road to eventual Austrian sorties onto Garda Lake western area. The remnants of this Italian military citadel still rise on the summit.
The wide panorama that you can enjoy from the top of Mount Carone makes easily understand the importance of the site: the summit of "Carone" was so highly strategic for the control of this area that in the most exposed points there were observing sites, as well as several pitches for anti-aircraft artillery.
There are various Normal routes to the summit, but what makes unique this summit is the opportunity to climb up along the path n. 105 called “Sentiero Agostino Tosi”, through a wide rock chimney-gully about 150 meters high, equipped with stairs carved into the rock by the Alpine troops, that allows to climb along the exposed itinerary without any technical problems.
As mentioned in the previous chapter, there are several walking approachs to the mountain, the shorter one is from Passo Nota m. 1208 and Bocca dei Fortini, from where you can climb the peak across a round trip.
From Riva del Garda take the "Western Gardesana" to Limone sul Garda (10 km), where you turn right to Vesio and Tremosine. The road is very steep and immediately offers breathtaking views of Garda Lake; we are in the province of Brescia. After a few kilometers follow the signposts to Vesio and then take the good military road to "Passo Nota" m. 1200 (Bondo Valley). Parking lot. The pass is located 9 km from the village of Vesio.
The second route approach described in the following chapter starts directly by foot from Limone m 100 on Garda Lake Western shore, following the path n. 101 and involving a long hiking approach with a difference in level of about 1500 meters.
Sentiero "Agostino Tosi" from Passo Nota m. 1208
Summit quote: 1621 m Difficulty: EE Difference in level: 413 m from Passo Nota Exposition: South Time required: 3,30 hours round trip Starting point: Passo Nota m 1208
Park the car on Passo Nota m. 1208, just near the refuge "Passo Nota", open daily for most of the year. Paying attention to follow the signs to Baita Segala take the dirt road reaching soon a fork. Take the right branch that after a short ascent allows us to overcome Passo di Bestana. From Passo Bestana the path descends, getting soon a second fork. Turn again to right and follow the track, mainly on level, where it begins to appear in front of you the Southern side of Monte Carone. The track reachs Bocca dei Fortini, with several old military installation. Continue towards Baita Segala and Passo Guil for a few minutes, as far as you reach a panoramic clear with benches.
On the left near a charming cottage you will see the signpost to Cima Carone and "Agostino Tosi" path. Follow the path "Agostino Tosi" (path n. 105), reach a fork and take the right path (the left one climbs up the NW ridge of Carone) that leads, at first gradually rising inside the wood, then traversing on a well worn level track, to the bottom of the wide rocky chimney.
The route always climbs up well worn, following the rocky steps cut by the Alpine troops. Some fixed ropes help in the ascent, anyhow never difficult. Only a few steps are a little exposed, with outstanding views over the Garda Lake, but not difficult. As you are rising the chimney becomes narrower. The environment is really suggestive and fascinating. The route exits on the ending path, which after skirting the latest military fortifications, leads us to the summit, where it appears a beautiful view of Lago di Garda and Monte Baldo. On the opposite side you can enjoy a wide panorama towards Lago di Ledro, Adamello, Presanella and Brenta Groups. On the summit it was placed a big and featured iron cross carrying two WWI original helmets, an Italian one and an Austrian one, in memory of the First World War, fought on this peak.
Descent: you can reverse the route, but it's advisable to make a round trip, descending on the path towards Punta Mois, then along the dirty road getting to "Baita Segala" and soon to Bocca dei Fortini and Passo Nota.
Monte Carone from Limone del Garda m. 100 Summit quote: 1621 m Difficulty: E Difference in level: 1500 m from Limone Exposition: South-East Time required: 8 hours round trip Starting point: Limone del Garda m 100
In Limone (about 100 meters above sea level), take the path 101, cross a bridge over the stream S. Giovanni near "La Milanese" and continue on the path 101 on steep trail in the spectacular valley Singol. At a fork, turn to right to Passo Guil, Baita Segala and Cima Mughera (again on path n. 101). At a second fork below Cima Mughera turn to left, getting to Passo Guil 1209 m. Follow to the left the path 421 skirting Punta Mois and reach the start of the path to Monte Carone before getting to Baita Segala. Turn to right following the path rising with some hairpins inside the wood, then on meadows to the summit. Descent: reversing the same route
No permits, no fees required
All year round. Be aware that in wintertime - in presence of snow and ice - the path "Agostino Tosi" may become more difficult and may require the use of crampons and axe.
- Rifugio Alpini "Passo Nota" m 1208
- Baita A.N.A. "Bonaventura Segala" m. 1250
Several possibilities of accomodation in Limone del Garda, Tremosine and Riva del Garda.
"Prealpi Bresciane" - Fausto Camerini, Collana Gudie dei Monti d'Italia C.A.I.-T.C.I.
Kompass sheet 071 – Alpi di Ledro Valli Giudicarie 1:50.000 Lagiralpina sheet 016 - Alpi di Ledro - Tremalzo 1:25.000