Malga San Giovanni via Calvola
ElevationAscent: 3,860' 1,177 m
Descent: -3,865' -1,178 m
High: 3,769' 1,149 m
Low: 315' 96 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“A great loop with an old path, a few asphalt and forest roads, combined with a fast asphalt-downhill”— Steffen Hauschild
From Varone/Riva (elev.128m) take the old pebble stone way up to Tenno (elev.430m) and further to the old houses of Calvola (elev. 642m). It is then asphalt for about 1,7km (Loc.Calino, elev.850m); you then head onto forest roads with one steeper section to Malga San Giovanni (elev. 1.120m). This is followed by a high speed downhill of a thousand meters on asphalt down to Varignano/Varone (elev. 99m).
Otherwise, climb the asphalt (not much faster than the gravel...) and have some fun on the easy gravel downhill and on the steep old pebble-stone path from Calvola to Tenno and further to Varone.
After another switchback to the right, take the old way (path #401) up to Tenno (elev.430m), paved by pebble stone, and head past the old houses of Calvola (elev.642m). Follow the asphalt to Localita Calino, in the direction toward Monte San Pietro (also called Monte Calino) till its end (about 1,7km, elev.850m).
Now forest roads will lead you along the hillside of Monte San Pietro later with a steep, but short climb to the western slope of Monte Biaina and further to Malga San Giovanni (elev. 1.120m). San Giovanni is a group of small holiday houses and gardens. Here you'll reach the end of an asphalt road; get ready for a speedy descent. Some minutes later you'll be a thousand meters down in Varignano (elev.99m). Take the street at the foot of the hill back to Varone.
The best example of this type of villages is Canale, only one km west of Calvola.