Passo Gardena is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.136m (7,008ft) above the sea level, located in Trentino, in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.
Located in the Dolomites mountain range, the pass is traversed by the Strada Statale 243 (SS243). The road over the pass (also known as Grödnerjoch) is asphalted and connects Sëlva in the Val Gardena on the west side with Corvara in the Val Badia. The summit offers great views, with the majestic Sasslong / Sassolungo in the background.
On the top of the pass there are tourist accommodations on the pass itself, and hikers visit the pass to access the dramatic Dolomite mountains: a hotel with a restaurant, a souvenir shop and a few commercial buildings. It suffers the harsh meteorological conditions of the area every winter. A driveway up to the mountain pass was built in 1915, during World War I. The road has been featured in Giro d’Italia race. Starting from Corvara, the ascent is 9.6 km long via several hairpin turns. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 599 meters. The average is 6.2 %. The maximum slope is 12%. The route becomes busy with tourists, motorcyclists, and cyclists during the summer.
Riding this road along the Sella massif, you will find here the classic and worldwide published typical Dolomite Alps landscape. The roads and density of passes against the scenic backdrop of unique mountains makes this area an absolute favorite not just for bikers. The reward for climbing the two punchy ramps of the southern slopes of the Passo Gardena is one of the best descents of your life through the luscious meadows of the Passo Gardena’s eastern flank.