Panoramic Balcony Over Garda lake! Discover the itinerary with us for the excursion to Punta Larici.
Punta Larici is a rocky viewpoint on the western side of Garda lake, on the border between the provinces of Brescia and Trento. From its summit, you can enjoy a splendid panorama of the entire upper-middle lake and Monte Baldo. Due to its moderate altitude (907 m) and the microclimate of the lake, this is a route that can be practiced in any season, even in winter.
The starting point for the itinerary described here is the village of Pregasina, a hamlet of Riva del Garda perched on a panoramic plateau at around 500 meters above sea level in the Ledro Alps. If desired, in addition to using a car, this village can be reached by following the Ponale Trail, which we have described in an article on our blog, here.
From the parking area just below the church, we follow the signs for Malga Palaer on a wide and easy forest road, marked as CAI 422B, that passes through a beech forest.
Upon reaching the locality of Calchera, at the junction, we continue towards Bocca di Larici, staying on trail 422B. For the more adventurous, it’s possible to take trail 422A, also known as “Senter de la Costa,” which follows the ridge line overlooking the lake. Some chains assist in the more exposed sections. In this article, we continue with the description of the route along 422B, which is easy and devoid of challenging passages.
The trail now becomes steeper, and with one final effort, we reach Bocca Larici, where the panorama opens up to Garda lake for the first time, giving us a taste of what awaits us shortly. In fact, with one last short ascent on a steep path, we finally reach Cima Larici.
The view is truly impressive, ranging from the towns of Limone, Malcesine, Torbole, Riva del Garda, and the upper and middle lake, to Mount Baldo and Mount Altissimo, and on clearer days, even the lower lake with the Sirmione peninsula.
The return follows the same route taken on the ascent.
The elevation gain is moderate, and by following 422B, there are no technical or challenging sections The excursion is easy and suitable for everyone.
You can find the interactive map of the route, complete with elevation profile and downloadable GPS track, at this link.
In the area, you can also explore, in addition to the aforementioned Ponale Trail, the splendid Busatte Tempesta Trail, which we have described on our blog, here.
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