Punta dei Larici m 908
Punta dei Larici 908 m is rocky outcrop belonging to the Prealpi Gardesane, located nearby the border between Trentino and Lombardy counties, an elevation along the high and impressive rocky bastion overlooking the Western shore of Lago di Garda.
It's an extraordinary viewpoint and a very prominent position above the lake: from the summit the slope descends overhanging on the underwater, consequently the view is unforgettable, perhaps the best of the entire hike.
Access: from the Brennero autoroute exit Rovereto Sud and take the road to Arco and Riva del Garda. From Riva del Garda follow the road to Val di Ledro, which is reached through two long tunnels. Immediately after the second one, you find on the left the narrow but paved road leading to the village of Pregasina 532 m.. Leave the car in the small parking lot below the church.
Punta dei Larici Normal route from Pregasina
Summit quote: 908 m Difficulty: E Difference in level: 400 m from Pregasina Exposition: North Time required: 1,45 hours round trip Starting point: Pregasina m 522
From the parking lot in Pregasina you will find the staircase leading to the church of St. George on the street above; from the curch take to the left the track towards Passo Larici, Malga Palaer and Passo Rocchetta (path n. 422B). The path soon starts inside the vegetation and after few minutes it reachs a crossroad. Ignore the concrete road on the right and proceed straightly, following the road entering the Val Palaer (mark 422 bis).
In the first stretch we can enjoy a superb view of Lago di Garda and the prospecting Monte Altissimo of Nago, then the track enters the woodland with moderate slope and concrete sections. Continue in the forest with the possibility of avoiding some road-bends thanks to short breezes of footpath on a moderate slope. Lastly, we keep the gravel road and immediately after the crossroad towards Malga Palaer on the right we can reach the wide saddle of Passo Larici m 881 (1 hour from the start). Here it appears a superb view of Lago di Garda.
The place-name "larici" - meaning “larches” is due to the presence of several big larch trees. From the saddle we leave the mule track to turn left towards the very near Malga Larici and then climb in a few minutes the summit of Punta Larici m 908, a very prominent elevation above the Lago di Garda, overhanging overhanging more than a hundred meters above the large water mirror. Obviously the view is impressive and unforgettable, but pay attention to the exposure!
Punta dei Larici across the Ridge Trail
Summit quote: 908 m Difficulty: EE Difference in level: 400 m from Pregasina Exposition: North Time required: 2,15 hours round trip Starting point: Pregasina m 522
The starting point and the first stretch of this route are the same of the previous itinerary. From the Church of St. George in Pregasina take to the left the track towards Passo Larici, Malga Palaer and Passo Rocchetta (path n. 422B). The path soon enters inside the vegetation and after few minutes it reachs a crossroad. Ignore the concrete road on the right and proceed straightly, following the road entering the Val Palaer (mark 422 bis). After about 30 minutes you reach the "Calcherola" site at 655 m, where it begins on the left the 422A Ridges-trail, a highly panoramic path overlooking the Lago di Garda and leading directly to Punta dei Larici. Leave the concrete road and take the trail on the left, largely exposed but well executable, though with the due attention, offering a unique spectacle over the lake.
No permits, no fees required
All round year
Several possibilities of accomodation in Riva del Garda, Val di Ledro and Pregasina
KOMPASS sheeet 071 – Alpi di Ledro Valli Giudicarie 1:50.000
LAGIRALPINA sheet 016 - Alpi di Ledro - Tremalzo 1:25.000