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Serrat de Roplans, Corça

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Un mirador exceptionnel sur Montrebei

From the natural vantage point of Serrat de Roplans, above the village of Corça on the border between Catalonia and Aragon, you can admire the extraordinary scenery of the Montrebei gorge. Two immense walls tumble down towards each other, letting the crystal-clear waters of the Noguera Ribagorçana flow through the deepest part and opening a small window onto the Pyrenean peaks to the north. An accessible hike, fairly short in terms of altitude and distance, but which can prove more demanding in high summer, as was our case, with nearly 40°C on the clock. It's a good way to get started before approaching the gorge to see it from the inside, crossing over to the Aragonese side to climb the Pasarelas de Montfalco or take in one of the superb via ferratas or canyons in the area. Alternatively, if it's really hot, head down for a dip in the blue-green waters of the Pantano de Canelles.

Technical summary

Type ✦ Hiking
Location ✦ Corça, Ager
Region ✦ Catalunya
Country ✦ Spain
Direction ✦ South
Max altitude ✦ 1050m
Distance ✦ 6.5km
Dénivelé ✦ 440m
Difficulty ✦ E2 / T2 / R2
Duration ✦ 2h to 3h
Interest ✦ ★

Ressources

Topo of a possible loop on Wikiloc, more difficult from Corça via Castell de Sant Llorenç, Mas carlet refuge and return via the GR1 (13kms, 970m d+)

Discover the Canal de los Olmos via ferrata, in the same place.

Access to the place

North of Leida and Balaguer, on the C12 before reaching Ager, turn off onto the tiny road leading to Corça. In the village, find a place to park at the entrance to the village, the starting point for the approach.

Map & topo

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Itinerary description

Hiking to the start 5'

From the bend in the road at the entrance to Corça, take the track that climbs towards Castell de Sant Llorenç. It climbs a little above the houses and you'll soon find the start of the path to Castell de Sant Llorenç on the left. Green signpost. Start of the hike.

Course 1h à 1h30'

This is a round trip. Not very difficult, the trail is well marked up to the upper track, with green paint in places. The route up the ridge is more difficult to follow, but there's no risk of error. Be sure to bring plenty of water in summer, as it's very hot!

Part 1: reach the Serrat de Roplans ridge (45' to 1h)

The trail alternates between short, winding climbs and long crossings from east to west to reach a stony track that rises from the west. Climb it eastwards and, at the level of the ridge crossing, locate the junction of an old, overgrown track that heads westwards back onto the ridge.


Section 2: the ridge to the viewpoint (20' to 30')

Follow this trail, which disappears in places, then improvise between shrubs and rocks to make your way along the ridge. There is no difficulty. Gradually the view opens up to the north, and we begin to see the Catalunya wall and then the Pardina canyon below us. Continue until you reach the end of this level of the ridge, which ends on a small suspended rocky balcony. The view over the gorge, the lake formed by the Ribagorçana, the great sloping walls, the ruins of Sant Llorencs castle and the arid Pardina canyon is impressive.

Back

The easiest option is to retrace our steps in the opposite direction. But if you retrace your steps on the ridge, you'll find a small couloir cairné in a rocky spur, which descends to the south to join the main track at the bottom (a tricky descent), which you can then climb to the left (east) to find the descent path. This 2nd option avoids repeating the route through the vegetation on the ridge.

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