A viewpoint over la Vall d'en Bas and la Garrotxa. Route 3 Garrotxa

This is a demanding route as it gains height quickly over a short
distance. However, it provides for wonderful views of two singular
sites: the impressive waterfall of Salt del Sallent, at its best after
heavy rain, and the chapel of Santa Magdalena

Region
  • Garrotxa
Towns
  • Vall d'en Bas, La
Difficulty
  • Medium/ High
Time
  • 4h 25min
Distance
  • 10,7 km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 1280
Hide elevation minimum
  • 617
Ascent
  • 712 m
Descent
  • 712 m

You begin the route at Pla d’en Xurri, a picnic area 3 km from Sant Privat where there is plenty of space to park. Once up on the track, you will see the Itinerànnia signpost G58 Pla d’en Xurri, from where you should head towards ‘Joanetes’. The yellow paint, along with the Itinerànnia signposts, will indicate the route to follow. The path begins to climb steeply, crossing a stream on a number of occasions before coming to a paved section of trail, the well-known Camí dels Matxos’. After a good steep climb you leave the woods and come to Itinerànnia signpost G56 Restobles.

Turn right towards ‘Vallfogona’ and the head of the waterfall of Salt del Sallent.

A little way along the track you will come to a signpost with green signs that point to the right down towards the waterfall (leaving momentarily the yellow paint marks). Pass through a small copse and reach the small stream that feeds the waterfall. Be careful not to go too close to the edge, as the rocks can be very slippery.
To head for Santa Magdalena, retrace your steps back to the yellow paint marks on the track, turn left and continue back to the Itinerànnia signpost G56 Restobles. From here continue towards ‘Joanetes’. After a longish stretch you will come to signpost G61 Santa Magdalena del Mont, which is where the return path heads back down left to Sant Privet d’en Bas. However, before returning, it is well worth continuing straight on to visit the little church of Santa Magdalena. The track takes you out of the woods and into an area of pastures, where you will see the church and a small mountain hut Refugi Emili Triadú down to your left.
If you walk down behind the church to the electric pylon, there are splendid views of the eastern Pyrenees, with Puigmal-Núria to your left and Comabona and El Canigó to your right. Nearer home and more or less opposite to where you are you will see the dark-coloured mountains of L’Alta Garrotxa and the characteristic pyramid-shaped mountain of Bassegoda. At the foot of where you are standing you will see the Vall d’en Bas, a flat agricultural valley, as well as the whole of the Olot Basin and the city of Olot itself. Behind Olot in the mid-distance the red rocks of the mountain of Sant Julià del Mont stand out and then merge into the gentle slopes of the Batet plateau above Olot. To the right of Sant Julià, emerges the cone of the volcano Croscat.
To continue the route, return to signpost G61 Santa Magdalena del Mont and take the steep path that drops down to Sant Privat d’en Bas. Be careful on the somewhat slippery and clayey path as it passes through a beautiful beechwood. The twists and turns of the path enable you to lose height quickly and the yellow paint marks take you down to the cave shrine of L’Ermita de les Olletes.
The route continue to the right of the cave (follow the yellow paint marks) and you soon reach another junction marked by Itinerànnia signpost G60 la Baga de les Olletes. Here, turn left down towards ‘Sant Privat d’en Bas’ and continue dropping down steeply for a good while until you come to the house of Can Turó. Walk across its terrace, through the arch and into this restaurant’s car park. At the far end of the car park, continue to follow the track to the right and, after a left-hand bend, come to Can Xurri once again, the starting point of this walk.