Xenacs via volcano Racó and puig Rodó viewpoint. Route 1 Les Preses

The recreational area of Xenacs in Les Preses provides an atypical view of La Garrotxa and is one of the best places anywhere for getting a bird’seye view of Croscat and the other volcanoes in the area. As well, its height makes it an ideal place

Region
  • Garrotxa
Towns
  • Preses, Les
Difficulty
  • Easy
Time
  • 1h25min
Distance
  • 2,6Km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 838m
Hide elevation minimum
  • 472m
Ascent
  • 386m
Descent
  • 24m

Leave the town’s main square (La Plaça Major), signpost P1 Església de Sant Pere, along Carrer Camp del Prat and walk by the swimming pool, from where a path heads gently uphill to the right.
You enter a deciduous oakwood that gradually gives way to beech as you climb.
As the beechwood ends, you enter a clearing where, just a few metres further on, you will come to signpost G143 Volcà del Racó. Turn right and, after climbing a few metres, you reach signpost G144 El Racó. Continue onwards uphill along the ridge and through a holm oak forest until the path begins to flatten out. Shortly afterwards, you will arrive at the Xenacs recreational area.
You can return to Les Preses by retracing your steps or by following the route “Camí de les Barrincoles” (45min) or the route “camí dels Bous” (1h)

Puig Rodó viewpoint

If you want to walk a little further before descending (around 50 min, there and back), take the route to the vantage point Mirador de Puig Rodó.
Leave P3B Àrea de Xenacs along the track opposite the recreational area that leads into the forest. After dropping down into and then out of a gully (El Clot de les Grípies), take the footpath off left that then zigzags upwards to the top of Puig Rodó (907 m), from where there are magnificent views over La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.
Descend along the same path.