The Prealpi Bresciane e Gardesane belong to the South-Eastern Alps and are located between Lago di Iseo and Alpi Orobie to the West and Lago di Garda to the East. Its reliefs approach towards the North the Adamello massif and the Brenta Dolomites, while towards the South descend to the Po Valley and the town of Brescia. This mountainous area is so included between Iseo and Garda lakes, with Idro Lake in the middle, and between the rivers Oglio (to the West) and Sarca (to the East).
Limestone rocks rarely exceeding 500 meters in height, no glaciers and many paths, as well as blue lakes, dense forests and steep grassy slopes characterize the Prealpi Bresciane. It's a more suitable terrain for a good level hiking rather than mountaineering. Also winter ascents are a good chance.
These mountains only in rare cases exceed the 2000 meters of altitude. The highest summit is Monte Cadria 2254 m, a wild peak located in Alpi di Ledro subgroup, at the Eastern end of the area, near the border with the county Trentino.
The area is important and wide, including a very high number of peaks, fore-summits and cols, which can be divided into three main sectors: Tre Valli chain, Monti del Garda and Alpi di Ledro.
Prealpi Bresciane main affected administrative region is Lombardy (Brescia province) and also Trentino in reference to a smaller area. Some authors consider part of the Prealpi Bresciane even the mountains located to the East of Lago di Garda, between this latter and the Adige River, mountains belonging to Veneto and Trentino regions, which will not be described here as, in my opinion, forming part of the Prealpi Venete e Trentine, an other mountainous area already treated on SP.
Monte Cadria 2254 m - Monte Colombine 2215 m - Monte Tofino 2151 m - Dosso Alto 2064 m - Monte Muffetto 2060 m - Monte Campellet (Nozzolo Grande) 2029 m - Monte Caplone (Cima delle Guardie) 1976 m - Cima Tombea 1950 m - Monte Tremalzo 1975 m - Monte Guglielmo 1957 m
The main towns to approach this area are Bergamo to the West, Brescia and Verona to the South and Trento to the East.
The main valleys which penetrate into the mountainous area here described are: the Val Camonica to the West, along the Eastern shore of Lago di Iseo, the SS345 delle Tre Valli, the Val Trompia and the Valle di Caffaro, the Val Sabbia, the Valli Giudicarie, skirting Lago d'Idro, the Valvestino. The West Gardesana road is the easternmost access, running along the Western shore of Lago di Garda.
The Catena delle Tre Valli (Three Valleys Chain) stretches from the southern foothills of the Adamello massif to the Po Valley, running between the Val Camonica, Val Trompia and Valle Sabbia.
It's the Westernmost area, including the Subgroup of Punta Almana and Punta Tisdel, the Massif of Monte Guglielmo, the Setteventi-Muffetto-Colombine chain, the Piccole Dolomiti Bresciane and the Ario-Savallo-Sonclino subgroups.
Despite never reaching 2000 meters of altitude, the mountains located in this area are wild and low-anthropized, with steep limestone cliffs. The climate is strongly mitigated by the basin of Garda Lake, with vegetation and character almost Mediterranean.
This area is lying to the East of Valle Sabbia, between the lakes Garda and Idro and includes these Subgroups: Stino-Cingla, Caplone, Avez, Monte Carone, Denerio, Pizzocolo, Manos-Zingla, Tremalzo and Monte Corno.
Monte Caplone (Cima delle Guardie) 1976 m - Monte Tremalzo 1972 m - Cima Tombea 1950 m - Monte Corno 1731 m - Monte Carone 1621 m - Monte Pizzocolo 1581 m - Monte Guil 1322 m - Cima Al Bal 1260 m - Cima Rocca 1089 m
The Alpi di Ledro are the wildest group of the Prealpi Bresciane, including the highest peak of the whole area, Monte Cadria; their origin is glacial and the peaks located in this area are limestone-made, sometimes imposing and majestic, and this fact justifies the name "Alps" attributed, although in reality we are talking about a pre-alpine group.
This area is lying to the West of Northern Lago di Garda and includes the chain of Cadria and Pichea, and the subgroups Stigolo, Altissimo and Rocchetta.
Monte Cadria 2254 m - Monte Tofino 2151 m - Dosso della Torta 2156 m - Corno di Pichea 2147 m - Monte Altissimo 2128 m - Corno di Lumar 2063 m - Monte Gavardina 2047 m - Monte Campellet (Nozzolo Grande) 2029 m - Cima Parì 1988 m
Nozzolo Piccolo 1927 m - Cima Sclapa 1887 m - Mazza di Pichea 1879 m - Cima d'Oro 1802 m - Monte Stigolo 1699 m - Monte Vies 1699 m - Rocca Pagana 1668 m - Cima Valdès 1578 m - Rocchetta Giochello 1540 m
Notwithstanding being very populated, the Prealpi Bresciane include some parks and protected areas, as Parco Regionale dell'Alto Garda Bresciano and Parco del Barberino, as well as Biotopo Lago d'Idro, Lago d'Ampola and Fiavè.
In the Prealpi Bresciane there are no glaciers. From the point of view of the climate it should be emphasized that in general the climate is not particularly severe, because of the altitude of the Prealpi Bresciane, not particularly high ( the highest point is the summit of Monte Cadria 2254m). In any case it is not possible to generalize the information about the climate in this pre-Alpine area. In fact the Prealpi Bresciane have an inhomogeneous geographic location and consequently show very different settings, both in terms of climate and vegetation. Some mountain groups, especially those facing the extensive surfaces of water of Lago Iseo and Garda have even a mild climate. Especially some subgroups overlooking the Garda lake have almost a sub-Mediterranean character with oases xero-thermal, while other groups, such as the Alpi di Ledro, have alpine characteristics.
As a result of all these factors, the biodiversity is particularly strong.
From the botanical point of view here is detected a high number of endemic species as Saxifraga tombeanensis, Physophlexis comosa, Primula spectabilis.
There are not special restrictions in climbing, hiking and mountaineering.
This area is a primary touristic destination, offering several hotels, agriturismo, bed and breakfast, renting rooms and apartments.
For the Eastern subgroups, close to the border with Trentino, is useful the following forecast website:
"Prealpi Bresciane" by Fausto Camerini - Collana Guide dei Monti d'Italia, CAI-TCI