escursione monte calisio
escursione monte calisio

Hike from Lake Santa Colomba to Mt Calisio

With its near 1,100 metres a.s.l. Mt Calisio is the highest peak of the Argentario, northeast of Trento - ideal for a forest walk with peak experience.

Embedded in the woods between Albiano, Baselga di Pine and Trento, the Lake of Santa Colomba is located at 850 m a.s.l. By car we reach it either via Lavis and Albiano (southern side of the Val di Cembra) or via Civezzano and Fornace. We park our car on the parking space next to the tavern. At the romantic forest lake we follow the marker no. 421 which leads us to the Le Grave Biotope, a reed marsh where rare amphibians and birds have their home.

Through the spring green mixed forest and past sunny meadows we walk across the Argentario Plateau which was a huge miming region for silver in medieval times. Watch out! - don’t stray from the track, the forest is full of holes and grooves, a geological labile area, solid ground under the leaves is not guaranteed!

We follow the marker no. 421 (“Monte Calisio”) uphill, past the wall remains of the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Casara, first the path is wide, then it becomes quite narrow and steep (marker no. 430), towards the peak. Arrived on the top we enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view on Trento and the still snowy peaks of the Trentino and South Tyrolean mountains.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Lake Santa Colomba (Albiano)


Signposts: no. 421 (Monte Calisio), 430 - alternative for descent: no. 403 until the junction with no. 421
Distance: approx. 6.7 km (each direction)


Walking time: approx. 1.75 hours (each direction)


Altitude difference: approx. 700 m


Altitude level: between 810 and 1,096 m a.s.l.

Experienced in: April 2012



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