The Gardetta Plateau (Altopiano della Gardetta) is a breathtaking area of natural and geological interest above the tree line.
MTB loop from Marmora, 1,500 m (4,920 ft) total climb.
The ride starts out with an 18 km (11 mi) climb on a decently paved road to Colle Della Fauniera (elevation 2,480 m) marked by a monument to Marco Pantani (see photo).
Next, head 15 km (9.3 mi) on the Gardetta Military Road
. This stretch provides views of the full beauty of this majestic setting from all angles through small ups and downs. The road is open to motorized traffic in summer months, except for weekends. On days when they are permitted, there still isn't much vehicle traffic because of the rough nature of the road.
Continue to Rifugio Gardetta for a pleasant stop for drinks/food/accommodation (check for availability click here
From the Rifugio, descend along the paved road (after Colle del Preit). The Gardetta Plateau (Altopiano della Gardetta) is a breathtaking area of natural and geological interest above the tree line.
Rated "intermediate/difficult" for the total elevation gain. No technical difficulties or riding skills required.