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Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà


Distance/elevation: 23,0 kms / (+735m),(-1.200m)
Time: 6h00min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: the heat in summer could be the main difficulty. The considerable loss in altitude compared to earlier stages, and the ever increasing influence of the Mediterranean climate, are evident.
Water: you will find a few points where you can fill up with water, such as Can Serra, Beget, at the approach to Pla de la Plantada or Talaixà.

Route/Itinerary:

(0h00min; 0 kms) Molló (1.180m). Starting from the Plaça Major you take the Carrer de l'Església street, leaving Santa Cecilia church above to the left. You reach the first road that enters the village, and turn left towards a roundabout with a monument in the middle, on the road between Camprodon and the Coll d'Ares. Turn right and follow the tarmac road for 100 metres until you come to a path that heads down left, while following the same route as the Camino de Santiago. You descend through dense woodland, between stone walls, to the magnificent Romanesque bridge of Molí de Can Fumat. Next, you come out at a track, you leave a path on the right that indicates to Molló, and you pass a treatment plant before reaching a crossroads (a bridge, the starting point on the left of the climb to the...

(0h40min; 2,4 kms) Collet de la Costa (1.172m) a signpost indicates the different routes that pass this way. You go right, through fields and small rises and falls, as far as a col that is crossed by a track. Pay no attention to it and keep ahead, past a field surrounded by a fence (well waymarked). This section of path is very pleasant, passing woods, fields and houses.

(1h20min; 4,5 kms) Coll de la Boixeda (GIV - 5231 road) (1.095m). On the other side of the road there is a rest area, a panoramic view point, a couple of seats, waste bins and several post boxes. Pay no attention to the path below (left) and keep an eye out for the markings that lead you across the field opposite. A steep drop heads down to Can Serra where there is a drinking fountain in the porchway of a house. A little bit further on you reach Casa Etxalde, which can be reached by a track. Follow it for 500m as far as a tight bend on the left (the track climbs up to the nearby road), where you take a rather unclear path going straight ahead across a field. Pay attention here to the turn it takes to the right. The path now heads into woodland, joins a track and passes Can Planes, where shortly afterwards (100m), you take a path that descends to the right, to Molí d'en Sorolla. A sign announces that you are now in the Alta Garrotxa area. You leave the old mill on your left and cross the stream (Riera de Rocabruna). The path continues through woodland, which increasingly takes on the Mediterranean influence, skirting the south slope of the Turó del Castell (1,000m), where the ruins of Rocabruna castle stand. You pass a few buildings in ruins and rejoin the road. Follow it for a few metres to the left, then continue again through dense woodland, next to the Riera de Beget. One kilometer further on, the GR11 comes back out at the road, which you follow for half a kilometre, before taking a steep path that takes you to Beget.

(2h30min; 11,0 kms) Beget (530m). A pretty tourist village. Sant Cristòfor church is well worth a visit, and so are the cobbled streets lined with lovingly-restored houses. Cross Beget and leave at the bottom of the village, where you cross a stone bridge with a single eye. The GR11 is hardly visible in the village and it also crosses the GR83, also marked in red and white, which may lead to a wrong turning. Once over the bridge, you follow a wide path that brings you to the GIV-5231 road. Keep on the road for one kilometre, until just before a bridge over La Riera de Beget, where you take a cement track on the left. You follow it for 1.5kms, past crop fields, paying no attention to the different turnings on the left that lead to farmhouses, as far as Planes del Barracot. You leave it at the point where it zigzags up to the left, and you continue to the right along a path that crosses the Riera de Beget and heads towards...

(3h15min; 14,5 kms) La Farga (446m). This is an abandoned farmhouse which marks the end of the track, and you embark on a sharp climb up a path, through dense woodland, to Coll dels Mulls (700m). On the way up you will find the odd abandoned house (Les Feixanes) and a few more on the way down, close to Coll Joell (502m), where the path gives way to a track (shortly after passing a stream) that ends up heading gently downhill along the river. At the end of this section, you will pass a covered structure with tables (private property) and a little further on, a drinking fountain.

(4h55min; 19,9 kms) Pla de la Plantada (362m). The red and white markings abandon the path going to Oix via Salt Liberals pass, and lead you across the river over a narrow walkway. The ascent to Talaixà begins here, mostly along a path, but with some short sections of track.

(6h00min; 23 kms) Talaixà (735m). Free shelter and abandoned village. Next to the shelter there is a drinking fountain. The water comes from a deposit that stores the scarce supply from the fountain, together with rainwater. The water is treated with bleach, although as you can read on the fountain, it carries no health guarantee.

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, in Molló: Hotel Calitxo and Apartamentos Calitxo. On the climb to Collet de la Costa, 20 minutes from Molló, Casa Rural La Costa has rooms for 2 people.

During the stage, in Beget: Hostal El Forn.

At Talaixàcol, you will find a shelter that is the property of the Centro Excursionista de Olot, a local hiking group. The building has a free area, La Casa d'en "Rodri" or Can Torner, which is made up of two rooms, a bunk bed and space for up to 8 people on the floor.

Services:

In Molló there is a grocery store and the odd bar. In Beget there are several bars/restaurants, but there is nowhere to do any shopping.


Perfil de la etapa

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Stages - GR11

- 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


Ferrino Lightec 800
Salewa Fusion Hybrid
- T.confort: +3ºC
- Peso: 760grs
- 300grs de pluma 80/20, 550cuin
- T.confort: +2ºC
- Peso: 1020grs
- 500grs de plumon hidrófobo y primaloft


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