Monte Creino 1280 m
Monte Creino belongs to the Prealpi Trentine and is located between Garda Lake to the West and Val di Gresta to the East. It is one of the minor mountains in the Garda area, little known but deserving to be climbed more than once through different itineraries leading on its wide summit that falls to the South-West side with a vertical rock face. From the rocky edge of the vast summit plateau it opens a wide panorama that ranges from the underlying Garda Lake with the mountains that surround the body of water to the Alps of Ledro, to the groups of Presanella and Adamello.
To the opposite side (towards East) to the horizon we can distinguish the Pasubio. Very close to Monte Creino we see both Monte Stivo and Monte Biaena and to the North-West the immense rocky walls of Monte Brento, Monte Casale, Cima alle Coste that border the Valle del Sarca on the orographic right.
On the summit there are a cross and an observatory of the Austro-Hungarian positions during the First World War. On the eastern side, starting from the observatory we find a long series of beautiful trenches built with stones dating back to the First World War and very well preserved from which the Austro-Hungarian soldiers could control the Italian positions on Monte Altissimo.
There are three possible itineraries to reach the summit and enjoy this incredible panorama: one very short and with a moderate difference in level starting from Santa Barbara, one intermediate starting near the village of Pannone and a third much more demanding in reason of the greater difference in level starting from Nago. In the next chapter it will be described the intermediate route.
Coming from A22 Auto Brennero exit Rovereto Sud. From Rovereto there are two possible roads to reach Pannone and Passo Santa Barbara, both in Val di Gresta, the starting points of two of the three possible routes: via Val di Gresta or via Val Lagarina.
- Val di Gresta approach: follow the signposts to Riva del Garda, getting to Loppio, between Mori and Nago. At the Loppio roundabout turn to right and follow the signposts to Val di Gresta, along the road SP88, towards the villages of Ronzo – Chienis, which you will reach after about 12 kilometers, then Pannone and Passo Santa Barbara.
- Val Lagarina approach: follow the signposts to Villa Lagarina and Passo di Cei, then to Passo Bordala and Val di Gresta
The village of Nago, the starting point of the third itinerary, the longest, is reached from Rovereto following the signposts to Riva del Garda, getting to Loppio and Nago.
Monte Creino from Pannone
Difficulty: E Difference in level: 400 m
Once you reach the village of Pannone in Val di Gresta, briefly cross the village in the direction of Passo Bordala up to a road on the left near a hairpin bend with signpost "Agriturismo Narango". Before arriving at the Agriturismo you will find a junction to the right with the signpost "Trincee Monte Creino". Parking lot.
Take the forest road on the right that you follow up to an obvious fork in the woods with signs. Take the path on the right that gradually climbs into the dense forest up to a small grassy clearing, from which you take a track on the left that climbs more steeply up to a shelf equipped with benches and tables overlooking the Val di Gresta and Mount Biaena.
A little further on, cross a mule track that you take to the left entering a long series of trenches built with stones and caverns that have been well restored until you reach the Artillery Observatory, a panoramic spot on Lake Garda. From the observatory one proceeds on more open ground until reaching the wide summit prairies overlooking the nearby Monte Stivo and finally the summit cross.
No fees no permits required.
All year round. The mountain is easily accessible also in wintertime.
Several possibilities of accomodation in Val Lagarina and Val di Gresta