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Snowshoeing on Monte Stivo

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  • Sunset from Monte Stivo
    / Sunset from Monte Stivo
    Photo: Ale Beber, Garda Trentino
  • / Going to Monte Stivo
    Photo: Ale Beber, Garda Trentino
  • / View to Monte Bondone
    Photo: Ale Beber, Garda Trentino
  • / Above Malga Stivo
    Photo: Ale Beber, Garda Trentino
  • / Relax at the Rifugio Marchetti
    Photo: Ale Beber, Garda Trentino
  • / Presanella from Monte Stivo
    Photo: Ale Beber, Garda Trentino
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Below you lies a stretch of lake bathed on both sides by steep mountains and you couldn’t be blamed for thinking of a Norwegian fjord!
Distance 8 km
3:30 h
808 m
807 m
2,039 m
1,231 m

Indeed, this route offers some unique characteristics: bear in mind that the south-west slopes of Monte Stivo are something of a natural terrace overlooking Lake Garda and, from this vantage point, this body of water truly calls to mind the Scandinavian coastline.

It’s not a difficult climb and the panorama is definitely worth the effort. However, although it’s a very popular tourist destination it must not be underestimated, in the case of fog or low cloud cover orientation can become difficult.

Author’s recommendation

The Marchetti mountain hut has recently been renovated and it will remain open on weekends even in winter.
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Update: December 13, 2021
Highest point
Monte Stivo, 2,039 m
Lowest point
Loc. S. Antonio, 1,231 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Remember, snowpack stability is subject to sudden and unforeseeable changes and shifts. Always check the local avalanche bulletin ( or any other service that suits your needs) before departure and make sure you gather all possible information concerning current conditions from the local Mountain Guides).

GPS tracks are merely indicative of the more standard routes but must not be followed blindly without first checking current slope and terrain conditions.

Beware of icy stretches which can be quite frequent along this itinerary.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips and hints

For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Loc. Sant’Antonio (1,231 m)
45.900785, 10.947745
45°54'02.8"N 10°56'51.9"E
32T 651086 5084868


Monte Stivo

Turn-by-turn directions

Park your car in the Sant’Antonio locality next to the horse stables and just above the Santa Barbara Pass. From here follow trail no. SAT 608B which takes you first along a paved road and then onto a dirt track. You leave the woods behind as you reach the mountain saddle at an elevation of 1,480 m a.s.l. and from here you can either continue towards the Malga Stivo farmstead or climb the steep ridge to your right (recommended in the case of avalanche alerts). Both alternative routes meet up again however along the crest at an altitude of about 1,900 metres and from there the trail continues as far as the mountain hut (which is indicated with wooden poles).
The summit of the mountain is just 50 metre climb above the building.


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Public transport

No public transport is available

Getting there

You can reach Santa Barbara pass from the national road no. SS88 of the Val di Gresta or from road no. SS48 of Monte Velo (the latter is not recommended as it’s quite narrow and sometimes closed due to snow). From the pass, continue for about 500 metres as far as the Sant’Antonio locality.


Once you pass the horse stables, you’ll find a large car park just before you reach the “no entry” sign along the road.


45.900785, 10.947745
45°54'02.8"N 10°56'51.9"E
32T 651086 5084868
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino TREKKING Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online

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For all snowshoe treks, suitable apparel is strongly recommended. Temperatures can dip quickly and so garments should be warm and also be suitable for snowy conditions (such as waterproof Gore-Tex jackets). Furthermore, every group member should pack gloves, a cap, sun glasses and sun cream.

It’s also important to bear in mind that tight-fitting or insufficiently waterproof footwear can lead to frostbite.

We also strongly recommend that all members of the group pack an avalanche rescue kit consisting of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (this is also available for rent).

Ski poles can also come in quite useful and are therefore recommended.

In the case of icy snow, it is recommended adding a pair of crampons to your gear. 

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Francesco Bonadiman
January 02, 2022 · Community
Bel giro, molto ripido all’andata, vista pazzesca su tutto il Trentino e il Lago di Garda dalla cima.
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When did you do this route? January 02, 2022
Giorgio Zandonai
March 10, 2021 · Community
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Silvia Zardi
February 17, 2018 · Community
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mercoledì 10 marzo 2021 18:15:02
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8 km
3:30 h
808 m
807 m
Highest point
2,039 m
Lowest point
1,231 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip Summit route
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1600 m 1800 m

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