Walking along the ridge between Camprodon's valley and the alt Vallespir county. Route 3 Ripollès

Route that allows to discover two small mountain settlements in the municipality of Molló: Espinavell and Fabert. The route follows the ridge between Camprodon's valley and Alt Vallespir county offering excellent views

  • Modality
    • By foot
  • Region
    • Ripollès
  • Towns
    • Molló
  • Time
    • Between 3 and 4 hours
  • Difficulty
    • Medium
  • Estimated duration
    • 3h 50min
  • Distance
    • 10,2 km
  • Hide elevation maximum
    • 1641
  • Hide elevation minimum
    • 1217
  • Ascent
    • 440
  • Descent
    • 440

This route can be followed with the yellow Itinerànnia markings and the indicators of the basic network and is also signposted as route 17 of the Capçaleres del Ter i el Freser Natural Park.

The route starts in Espinavell, at the church “Mare de Déu de les NeusR88 sign. You head to “Coll Pregon” following a steep climb that will take you to a water tank. After this point, take the path heading north that surrounds “El Serrat de Sant Joan”, a small hill topped by a cross, above the village of Espinavell. Leave on your right a path that would lead you to the ruins of “Casal d'en Quelet” and you already see in front of you “Coll Pregon”, first goal of the route.

After a 45 minutes climb you will reach Coll Pregon R90 sign. Down below you, at the end of the valley, you can see the spa of “La Presta”, already in Vallespir county, with “Les Esquerdes de Rojà” and the Canigó Massif as a backdrop.

Continue to the right following the ridge track that will lead you in a few minutes to “Coll de la Clapa”, and further ahead, after a short but steep climb, to the summit of “Puig de la Clapa”. It is worth it to reach the summit to enjoy spectacular views of 360 degrees: From East to West and facing North: Mt. Costabona, Canigó massif, and Montfalgars and Comanegra in the neighbouring county of Garrotxa. And to the South, with good weather and clear sky, you can even glimpse the mountains of Montsenyand Collsacabra.

Leave the summit behind to head to the Puigsec ponds, R91 sign, from where, if you have time, you can make a detour to the “Mir” tower. Follow the GR-151 signs and allow 40 minutes for the roundtrip. This medieval tower of the thirteenth century played and important role in the war between the kingdom of Mallorca, which included the old county of Vallespir, and the kingdom of Aragó. The tower was part of a set of control and communication towers that reported possible attacks with smoke signals in broad daylight and with fires during the nights.

We descend towards Fabert we arrive at the Coll de Prats crossing R218 and we go to the right until the torrent of les Dous that we will follow until arriving at the small mountain town.. Once in Fabert, R89 sign, you must return to Espinavell following the old road that linked both villages. The path, mostly on flat terrain, goes over the ridge coming down from “Serrat de la Perdiu”, and in a few minutes you will have Espinavell in front of you. Before you will have to walk down to the stream of “Coll Pregon” and enter the village through the Enllà Street. With in minutes you will arrive at the church of Espinavell, the origin and end of the route.