Difficulty: there is a steep final descent (1,200m) to reach Pineta mountain refuge. The route via Faixa deras Solas is exposed and hazardous in adverse conditions. It should be avoided if snow or ice are present, or even on wet ground. Take the alternative via Fuen Blanca.
(0h00min; 0,0kms) Refugio de Góriz (2200m). A number of trails set out in all directions from the refuge. You take the south-easterly path that climbs gently and passes the meteorological station, along the mountainside towards Collado de Arrablo or Góriz, between Punta Custodia (right) and Monte Perdido massif.
(0h45min; 2,0kms) Collado de Arrablo (2343m). You have two options at this point:
- Via Faixa deras Solas. This is the more difficult option. There are a few aerial passages that, although equipped with lines, would be best avoided in snowy or adverse weather conditions. Climb towards the left in a north-easterly direction, below Morrón de Arrablo as far as Faixa deras Solas (Faja de las Olas), a terrace in the middle of the wall, along which you walk round Punta de las Olas. Almost at the end, there is a break in the wall, and you climb without difficulty a section equipped with a chain, then you head to another more hazardous downhill section of stone slabs, also equipped with a chain. The path now descends effortlessly towards Los Maquis col (2,456m), skirts Punta del Valle (2,501m) and heads on to Collado de Añisclo.
- Via Fuen Blanca. This option is longer and has a greater elevation (-660/+770), but you gain in safety. You need to descend through the Barranco de Arrablo ravine until you reach Fuen Blanca (1,680m), just on the section above Cañon de Añisclo, then climb up the valley formed by the river Bellos.
(Fuenblanca: 4h50min; 9,2kms. Faja: 3h10min; 7,6kms) Collado de Añisclo (2453m). You are about to face one of the steepest descents along the Pyrenees Trail – 1,200m in just 3.5kms – that takes you to the base of Pineta cirque. You will be able to fill up with water once you reach Barranco de la Solana.
(Fuenblanca: 7h40min; 13,3kms. Faja: 6h00min; 11,7kms)Refugio de Pineta (1240m).
During the stage, along the variant via Fuen Blanca you have the Capradiza free shelter and the Fuen Blanca cabin.
In Bielsa (12kms from Pineta) there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Matazueras (//) , which has a restaurant, and offers discounts to GR11 walkers. They pick you up and bring you back the next day.Other services:
Góriz mountain refuge is only accessible on foot. The most common starting point is Pradera de Ordesa (private vehicles are not allowed access in summer. A bus service runs from Torla all day long).
Pineta mountain refuge is accessible by road from Bielsa (12kms). The road continues another 2kms until it reaches the chapel of Nª Sª de Pineta and the Parador Nacional. There are no bus services to this point, so the best option is to take a taxi.
Buses: there is a bus service that operates from Bielsa to Ainsa (in July and August, one per day in the morning, returning in the afternoon/evening; the rest of the year M/W/F).
|- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun|
|- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera|
|- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka|
|- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo|
|- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo (Spanish)|
|- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga|
|- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete|
|- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri (Spanish)|
|Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia (Spanish)|
|Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba (Spanish)|
|Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)|
|Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)|
|Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas|
|Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara|
|Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú|
|Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú|
|Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego|
|Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana|
|Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara|
|Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación|
|Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)|
|Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso|
|Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa|
|Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo|
|Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz|
|Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta|
|Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán|
|Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós|
|Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime (Spanish)|
|Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset (Spanish)|
|Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles|
|Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca|
|Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers|
|Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré|
|Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta|
|Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón|
|Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán|
|Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu|
|Stage 30: Areu - Baiau|
|Stage 31: Baiau - Arans|
|Stage 32: Arans - Encamp|
|Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa|
|Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu|
|Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá|
|Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles|
|Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria|
|Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter|
|Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló|
|Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà|
|Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà|
|Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol|
|Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens|
|Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle|
|Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva|
|Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus|