Mountain Bike Routes

DISCOVER THE MOUNTAIN BIKE PATHS AND ROUTES IN TRENTINO ON Bikehotels ALPECIMBRA of FOLGARIA, LAVARONE And LUSèrn

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Maso Spilzi, a baffling building, like a fortress home. We get off our MTB, and direct our gaze to the walkway (chemins de rondes), which allowed defenders to move quickly around the defenses. We enter in the lighted hayloft, nowadays a place for exhibitions. Near the corner, there is also a Restaurant (have a look to the menu!) and a beautiful courtyard, where we could sitting in the shadow with fresh air, drinking something. In front of us, there is the 18 holes Golf course, one of the most beautiful in Trentino. Than we get on the bike, through the green on a dirt road… what a peaceful area! Moreover, here there is the biotopo di Ecken, a protected environment, which was an old sea. The nature here is beautiful, the trees and the fields are wonderful!

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«Bios» in Old Greek means life and «Topos» means place, also a “biotopo” (a protected environment) is a place full of life! We are in the biotopo di Ecken, a damp place unique in Trentino. Here it is possible to see the mountain chicken or giant ditch frog or the rare king quail. A dirt road will introduce us in a wild wood of spruces. After we will reach the Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie, the shrine of the Our Lady of Grace, the patron of the skiers of Italy. It is a sancta sanctorum, we move close near the little church and hear about a story of Fra Pietro Dal Dosso, who, before he died, explained that one day, as he was praying…

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Bertoldi. The elderly tell that the old cimbrian colonist gave the name to the village. The name comes from Berthold, the founder of this rural community. We start from Bertoldi with the MTB, passing through the fields until we reach the curious village of Lanzino. Here are the houses multi-colored and terraced. Here is the panorama very beautiful and we can really understand why the houses are so high and tight: just in order to save place, because in the past the place for the plantation and the grazing land was very important. Now we are very close to the village of Albertini and the «fontana vècia», the old fountain of the village, witness of the past.

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The alone bell tower at the beginning of this village of the Alpe Cimbra tell us a story. It told us that one day, about 100 years ago, on the 18 April 1916, there was a lacerating whistle announcing an Italian grenade, which flown over Forte Cherle, plummeted to earth, destroying the old church of San Sebastiano.
Then there is a picture of Our Lady, not here, but in the little village of Tézzeli. On the MTB, after the dense wood of the Télder, between many streams, we are arrived. It is the picture of the «Madonna di Ostiglia», Our Lady from Ostiglia in the province of Mantova in Italy, commissioned by Pietro Muraro, a shepherd from Tezzeli, who was returning at home from the transhumance in Mantova. There he had heard about the miraculous Our Lady, who appeared to a dumb shepherdess, who after reacquired her lost voice.

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The place Palù, in Lavarone Cappella is a well-equipped park for the children, perfect to walk with the family, faraway the streets. A long time ago it was a marshland, from that comes the name (in Italian marshland is palude), but nowadays… it is very different! It is a multi-colored park, one of the best in Trentino and a bike paradise for the children. From here on the MTB we can reach the villages of Nicolussi and di Masi di sotto. In front of us there is an amazing panorama: all the signs from the old inhabitants of the area, for example the fountain carved from the local sculptors and the typical “laste”, carved stones on the borders of the fields. If they could speak what would they say?

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It is the water the connection of this walk, the water of the Astico River. The water will accompany us for a long, the name of the walk «Sentiero dell’acqua» in in English walk of the water, an amazing walk with some informative poster from the village of Carbonare to the little village of Cùeli where are old houses an old mill, the mill Cùel. Here time seems to have stopped. The fresh of the river, the broadleaf and coniferous, the gulch «Spèr» which we pass through with our MTB, the puddles, the waterfalls and the little village give us a new dimension of life, full of nature and history.

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Malga Millegrobbe. On the fields, there are the cows with their cowbells, which remember us that we are in the hearth of the area of the cheese Vezzena, well known in Trentino. Here in the old Alpine cottage a special place to pamper oneself in the sauna or having a massage. Here we are in the territory of the cimbrian, Lusérn is closed and all tell us about the «Cimbarn»: a culture and a language miraculously survived during the centuries. Here it is very interesting to visit the trench, also for the Trekking Bikers. And then… go to the Forte Lusérn, our destination, a fortress which could tell us about the 28 may 1915, when, under the fire of the Italian army, had to show the white flag…

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There is a savage and wild valley, where the chamois live and the eagles nest. It is the Val di Gola (Valley Gola). How wonderful is this territory! Here there is silence and only the beat of the mountain. The best were to switch off the mobile and let the nature and our senses will speak to us. This is not an easy mountain; you have to pedal on the MTB, struggling to reach the destination. It could be also dangerous: under us, there is the «Orrido», (“horrid”) with ravines, gullies and gorges: it is better to remain on the path, avoiding shortcuts! For the rest it is pure beauty, one of the most hidden beautiful places in Trentino.

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After to have greeted Michele, the manager of the bike chalet of Passo Sommo, will you reach a dirt road near the green of the golf camp which connect the area to the rifugio (mountain hut) Stella d’Italia, along grazing lands and woods: pay attention, high possibility to bump into a roe deer! After the old barracks of the First World War (we are near the fortress Sommo alto), pedal on the MTB and next to the crest, descend into a big valley. Now we are on the old alpine pasture, the mountain cottage called malga Ortesino, nowadays a restaurant with many specialties, the tastes of Trentino). Near the malga Ortesino, there is the «Stallone» an old big barn, made of stones: it is very fascinating to visit it! Who knows how many mooing will have heard it?!

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For the old cimbrian a «mousla» indicated a place rich of water, also with surfacing water. However… Who knows when it was so? Nowadays the Mousla we see during our MTB excursion is a fresh and luxuriant place, with red pines, Scots pines, hornbeams, beech trees. We are in Serrada, a village where on the façade of the houses there are many frescoes and mosaics, which the local municipality wanted to decorate and homage an important futurist artist from Trentino, Fortunato Depero. During the twenties- thirties he came on holiday in Serrada and on his masterpieces often, there are the typical architectures of the village of the Alpe Cimbra.

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In the past, the village of Carbonare was called «Kankohligen», a place where the woodsmen produced wood coal. We start From Carbonare to reach the pick of monte Rust, where there is the «Osservatorio», an old observatory used during the First Word War. In the holes, which we can see in the walls also nowadays there were some spotlights, which permitted the connection between the fortress and the command stations thanks optical signals. Look into them: now we will see only the threes! Now... Pedal with the MTB from the woods to… what a surprise! There is the beautiful lake of Lavarone! What about a splash in the water? The lake is bike friendly, on the beaches there are bath towels, because the lake is Bike friendly!

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The Tannbolt is a gloomy wood, that we have to cross, but in Lusern the people tell that we have to worry about it, at most we will meet some sprites, who peek at the mushrooms hunter. Just go with our MTB and take the risk to go in the cimbrian forest, we will pass trough also grazing lands. On the peak of Virgo Maria let us have a pit stop to the Baito del Neff, knowing a real cimbrian, Flavio and then… Continue to Malga Millegrobbe, today a well-known resort on the mountain. Now we are at the end of our MTB-excursion, after the fortress Lusérn, witness of the First World War, we go back to Lusern. For a while, we will pass through the Sentiero dell’Immaginario cimbro (Cimbrian path of the imagination), one the most beautiful in Trentino! Don’t you are curious?

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An excursion to the plateau of Lavarone. The name in the old German-Cimbrian form is intriguing. Let us go with the MTB: it is funny! From Bertoldi we go to Slaghenaufi. The place is beautiful with an amazing panorama. And… go, after the peak of the monte Tablat, go down to Gionghi and return to scale with the MTB to Cost pass. From here, there is the slant until the Forte Belvedere, the Fortress-Museum. Take the tame to visit it: through these walls had happened the History. After grazing lands and passing by the beautiful lake of Lavarone, one of the most stunning in Trentino return to Chiesa. What about an Italian aperitivo on the beach?

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The mountain hut is there, on the peak of the mountain. Direct your gaze to the mountains, from the Pasubio, to the Brenta Dolomites and then to the glacier Adamello and the Presanella and the mountains up to the Garda lake. What an amazing panorama! We reach this place after a middle difficulty MTB excursion across woods through a dirty road, an ex-military street of the First World War, which connected the first line of the front. Nowadays here there is peace and fresh air… Before to go… what about a break at the mountain hut Filzi? A slice strudel or cake with ricotta (soft white Italian cheese), berries with cream: these are the typical tastes of Trentino!

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From Folgaria, on the MTB, go to the peak of the monte Cornetto, up… up until 1.600 m! Hard? Strenuous? Yes but… from the peak you will see the magnificent panorama, one of the widest in Trentino, which reach also the mountains up to the Garda lake! Then… After going up, there is the possibility to go down! It is funny to go through the dirty road down until 1.340 m, in front of the Chalet Passo Sommo. What about a little pit stop here? After with the MTB is only a joke to reach Folgaria passing through the Maso Spilzi, the green of Costa and the protected area of Ecken. It was a fantastic MTB-excursion!

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Do not despair! To reach this peak, 1.440 m of the Fortress Cherle, you need to climb up, to work hard.
Take a breath and… go through the Astico valley, crossing the river and getting up with the MTB. You will reach a wild place, with endless wood, some chamois distracted from the bikers. At the end, you will reach the grazing land of the Cherle. Here you can restore you and enjoy the amazing place! The grassland, the pasture and the fortress, the ruins, the signs of the grenades of the First word war. What a wonderful panorama! Little suggestion: have a break at the Chalet Passo Sommo!

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People say that during on a clear day, especially after a nightly storm, from the peak of the monte Maggio it is possible to see the laguna of Venice. Don’t you believe it? Yes, you need to be lucky to trek the “right day”, but when it is so… it is true! The Monte Maggio is the peak of Italia in the South part of Trentino. Here, one hundred years ago, there was the borderline between Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy. The big cross and the trenches remember it. What an amazing panorama from here! To come back with the MTB you can go through the grazing lands of Malga Melegna, near the lake of Coe until the pass. Don’t you know that at the restaurants Osteria Coe and La Stua there are appetizing jam tarts and pie?

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Without hesitating, make the MTB-excursion passing through the plateau of Lavarone. The first stopover is the Tomazòl. From here the panorama to the Valsugana and the lake of Caldonazzo, one of the most beautiful in Trentino! Then, after the thick wood of the mount Tablat, you will reach the Tana Incantata! This is not the House of Fables, but a mountain restaurant, which serves appetizing dishes from the Alpe Cimbra, for example the cheese Vezzena. After the break continue and from the pass Coston choose the road to Forte Belvedere Gschwent, the fortress- museum of the First World War, interesting to visit. A MTB holiday in the nature, panoramas, cuisine, history and culture: what else?

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«Zimbarlant», the cimbrian world. We are in Luserna/Lusérn, where the heart of the Cimbrians beat stronger. Enjoy this beautiful MTB holidays, going down until the Avéz del Prinzep, the highest white pine in Europe. After this stopover, we reach the passo Vezzena. Open space, grazing places.
The Bar-Hotel Vezzena allow us to have a break, than with the MTB reach the dosso del Basson, known for the battle of the 24 – 25 august 1915. Along a dirty and panoramic road, we return to Luserna/Lusérn, in the Zimbarlant!

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The Chalet Passo Sommo is the starting point and the final destination. A cappuccino and a brioche before to start or a typical dish when you finished… this is the reference point! With the MTB, pedal trough the dirty road of the Ortesino, of the Val Fredda, Dùrer and of the Grimen. It is like to be in the Canadian forests, because here you are far from the inhabited villages and only wrapped from the wood. Have fun going up and then down, through the perfume of the resin and the magic atmosphere of the Alpe Cimbra! Enjoy the Trentino!

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This is a part of the spectacular ring of the 100 Km dei Forti (an important and well-known MTB competition) in the area of Folgaria. It is a parkour varied, with high difference in altitude, perfect for expert bikers. This is a demanding itinerary if completed in one go and permits to see beautiful places - the fortress of the First World War like Forti Dosso delle Somme, Sommo alto and Cherle – and amazing panoramas, like the Brenta Dolomites, the glaciers Adamello and Presanella and the mountains up to the Garda lake.

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This is a part of the spectacular ring of the 100 Km dei Forti (an important and well-known MTB competition) in the area of Lavarone. It is an itinerary through beautiful places in the hearth of the Alpe Cimbra and the Trentino, for example from Slaghenaufi. It is funny to get down from the wood of the Tablat and the passo Cost to the Forte Belvedere, the fortress-museum. It is exciting the route around the lake of Lavarone, even around the mount Rust and… last but not least the climb to the old observatory of the Austro-Hungarian Army, where you can direct your gaze far away…

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This is a long MTB-excursion on the paths and the dirty roads of the area of Luserna, between wide panoramas on the valle dell’Astico, climb and descent, passing through grazing lands and pine forests. The referent points are the Fortress of the First World War in Trentino and the break-point are the Hotel Bar Vezzena, the Baita del Neff, the resort Malga Millegrobbe and the Agritur Galeno, ideal for a snack or a typical meal. To do: during the itinerary, you must greet the cows on the grazing lands!

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From a stretch of this road, the world seems to finish, but the horizon shows the valley of Veneto or Vicenza and Asiago. We are on the border between Trentino and Veneto, a special place. And it is very singular the rind around the monte Toraro, in the past borderline between Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy and area of a radar protection system of the Cold War. Chamois, roe deer, eagles and hawks might become our extraordinary travel companions.

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On this ex MTB racetrack, one of the best in Trentino, the «Folgaria Megabike» you can put yourself to the test. Here will you see if you are a real MTB-biker! Characteristic of the itinerary is the remarkable difference in altitude, but the beauty of the places and the panorama will certainly repay the effort. The mountain hut Rifugio Stella d’Italia, the Agritur Malga Vallorsara and the mountain hut Rifugio Baita Tonda are the ideal break points!

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The word “Oltresommo” on the Alpe Cimbra means the area beyond the pass “Passo del Sommo” between San Sebastiano and Nosellari. Start on the MTB from Carbonare for a hard but exciting itinerary. Going down from the monte Rust to the lake of Lavarone, a gem of Trentino, and to the trenches of the First World War of Nosellari: what a stirring experience! Then difficult and hard is even the going up to the Forte Cherle, relaxing the wood of the Val Fredda and finally the beautiful funny the return to the starting point. To become accessible for all there is the possibility to rent an E-MTB.

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Going up with the lift (it is possible even with the MTB) on the peak of the Martinella, to the mountain hut Baita Tonda. What a wonderful panorama, one of the best in Trentino, from the Pasubio, to the Brenta Dolomites, to the glaciers of the Adamello and the Presanella. One more effort and we reach the Forte Dosso delle Somme, a fortress of the First World War. Now… take a deep breath and go down, descend along the old military street, down to Serrada, where you started!

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The formula is lift + MTB + rapid descent. It means that we can go up with the lift, even with the MTB. Start from Francolini and in 10 minutes you will reach the mountain hut Rifugio Stella d’Italia, the historic mountain hut, one of the first on the Alpe Cimbra. From here the panorama astonishes, from Folgaria, to the Brenta Dolomites… If you pedal on the MTB in 5 minutes, you will reach the Forte Sommo alto, a fortress of the First World War. It is interesting to visit it: the tunnel and the passageways are fascinating. Then... Start to descend to the starting point… pure fun!

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