The Cima d'Asta Tour, a tough around the mountain top of Lagorai range
This tour is a real adventure experience through the endless, almost always deserted woods and pastures
This demanding route should be tackled over two or three days, covering a complete circuit of the Cima d'Asta group of mountains in the heart of Lagorai, the largest mountain chain in eastern Trentino. The route runs entirely on forest roads, old military roads and cattle tracks. It can be completed entirely by bike and the challenge lies in the distance, high altitude layout and altitude shifts to be tackled. The rest stop points along the way are the Carlettini mountain hut in Val Campelle, Malga Valcion, the Refavaie mountain hut and the Caoria agriturs in Val Vanoi.
You start from Strigno in Valsugana taking the road for the Crucolo mountain hut which includes a series of steep sections; there's more uphill work as far as the Carlettini mountain hut and the Ponte Conseria bridge. You leave the asphalt road here to tackle the climb up to Malga Valsorda on a forest road through the woods. Passing Malga Conseria on your right, covering more and more open ground, you come to the Passo Cinque Croci ridge which provides a view of the Cima d'Asta massif. Continue on level ground as far as Malga Val Cion (refreshments) at the foot of the central peaks of Lagorai before beginning the descent to along the forest road which runs down the Val Cia. Now you come to tackle the climb up Val Fossernica (signposted). After the three little bridges over the rio Coldosà, you turn right at a fork and follow the road through the woods to Malga Fossernica di dentro (within). Carry on along the southern slope of Cima Paradisi until you suddenly come out of the woods just before Malga Fossernica di fuori (without) with the peaks of the Lagorai Group before you. Here begins the descent along a forest road which leads you to Pian del Zot, la Valzanca, Ponte Stel, la Valsorda and finally to Caoria, the end of the first, tough stage, and the village where you can stay overnight.
When you start again, follow the Valsorda as far as Ponte Stel and take the forest road for Malga Fiamena, following the signs for Fiamena - Boalon, a typical malga mountain dairy and a great viewpoint on Lagorai. Ride along the cattle track which crosses the ridge and descend towards Malga Boalon, passing Col delle Mede, a wood and a big; the next stage marker and Cicona, a hamlet belonging to Canal San Bovo and then the village itself. The route takes on a more cycling style from here on: take the road for Passo del Broccon which you come to after 15 km (6% - 7% gradient on average) and then continue as far as Malga Marande. Leaving the signpost for Malga Cavallara on your right and the detour, you begin the (asphalted) descent towards Val Malene. Pass the Val Malene Campsite and at the fork after the Colonia Degasperi follow the signs for Spiado, a panoramic viewing point with fine views over the Tesino Highland, the Valsugana and the Catena dell'Ortigara - Cima 12 chain. The last downhill section brings you to the little lake at Predellano and from here to the road to be followed downhill back to Strigno.