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Itinerary 10: CIRCULAR ROUTE SETCASES-CARBONERS-BADAINA

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29/09/2019
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Introduction

Nature and legends among black pine forests

This route will make us discover emblematic waterfalls, places with incredible legends and mature forests. During the route, we will constantly change landscapes, making it a great opportunity to discover this area of ​​the Ripollès.

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  • Typology
    Time Circular
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    5 hours
  • Slope
    710.00 meters
  • Distance
    8.50 km
  • Theme
    Forests
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Nature and legends among black pine forests

We start from the town of Setcases, through the valley of El Ter and between valley pastures, we will go up the road in the direction of Vallter until we find the entrance to the Carboners Valley. Along this track, constantly rising, that later happens to be a smaller path, we will discover a valley where the stream of Carboners gives us beautiful waterfalls; a very shady and fresh valley with consolidated black pine forests. The ascent between large trees and the songs of the birds in the midst of a magical silence will lead us to the forest track that goes from Setcases to Espinavell.

Continuing along the track, we recommend that you take a look from the Badaina viewpoint to enjoy the entire valley and the panoramic view of Setcases. Further on, just below the mountain of Sant Miquel we will change direction to start descending. Here, again, the views are open to Camprodon's Valley. We will cross a meadow to start descending through a hilly path to the limit of another black pine forest, full of lichens and anthills. The descent will lead us to a zone of beams and pastures within the mountain until Xecó's cottage. Now, a path brings us closer to the Creueta de Setcases' viewpoint and, from here, to the village.

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Tips

PATH

• The route is circular abd easy to follow.
• It is marked with different signals depending on where we are, but follow the track.

WATER

• Only in Setcases and Carboners' Valley.

CAUTION

• Vallter's road and Espinavell's trail can be busy.
• On the road and the forest track, we must always walk to our left.
• Do not eat anything from the fields without having previously washed it.
• When it rains, it is not recommended to take the route. Carboners' stream can grow and occupy part of the route.
• Be careful going down if stones are humid.
• Respect the cattle that you will find.
• Leave the yarn as you find them.
• Tie up dogs.
• Be aware of children when approaching the waterfalls of Carboners' river.

WEATHER

• Carry appropriate clothing according to the weather prediction and the time of year that we take the route.
• Route available to do at any season of the year.
• Since it is high mountain, weather can change rapidly.

EQUIPMENT

• Sun protection.
• Comfortable footwear and clothing.
• Trecking sticks.
• Binoculars, if you like to see birds.
Camera.

OTHER EQUIPMENTS

• In Setcases you will find necessary services. Information, restaurants and accommodation.
• Urban self-guided tour with panels in Setcases.
• At Salt del Cossi de Batlló and Creu de la Baidana's viewpoint there are banks to sit down.
• Interpretive panel at Creu de la Badaina.

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QUARRIES

Point of interest
Geology
29/09/2019
From here, looking to our right, you can see two bare stone walls. Both are quarries. The closest one is La Catllaresa, already inactive, from where extracts were extracted to make aggregates.
The

VALL DE CARBONERS'S PATH

Point of interest
Places
29/09/2019
Shady area, very grateful to do in summer. It is a valley full of very photogenic waterfalls. The route is marked with orange marks.
The name of the stream, and of the valley, comes from the use

Salt del Cossi d’en Batlló

Point of interest
Landscapes
29/09/2019
Salt of Cossi d'en Batlló. In the Carboner valley, the Carboner River, which is born near the Blanca (White) fountain, under the Roca Colom (2,510m), is one of the main contributors of these first

BLACK PINE FOREST

Point of interest
Environment
29/09/2019
The black pine here is accompanied by some fir trees with a riot of strawberry, violets, liverwort and other high mountain species. As of animals, it is possible to see squirrels, gorse bushes, black

CREU BAIDANA VIEWPOINT

Point of interest
Landscapes
29/09/2019
The Creu de la Baidana viewpoint is a privileged place from which to enjoy a magnificent view and from where we can take a panoramic pictures with the peaks identified in the explanatory poster that

SANT MIQUEL'S MOUNTAIN

Point of interest
Environment
29/09/2019
It is one of the few areas of the region with mature forests. Space protected by the presence of emblematic species such as the rooster (Tetrao urogallus) or the Pyrenean owl (Aegolius funereus).
Al

OPEN LAND AND MEADOWS

Point of interest
Environment
29/09/2019
This meadow, long ago, was a black pine forest. The forest and cattle uses transformed it into a meadow. For this reason, when the pressure drops or the uses disappear, the scrubs of juniper and some

LICHEN

Point of interest
Environment
29/09/2019
During the route, in the black pine forest, we find different types of lichens. Lichens are associations between two organisms, a fungus and a seaweed, living in symbiosis.
On the rocks we find

Matafoc

Point of interest
Flora
29/09/2019
It is a crustacean plant (of the cactus family) with the ability to store water on the leaves, and can live in very sunny places and rocks to the alpine estates.
Its scientific name, Sempervivum

IRON CROSS OF SETCASES

Point of interest
Places
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You just need to turn for 2 minutes off the path that goes up to our left and we will reach Creueta de Setcases.
Located on a hillock, we find Setcases iron cross. From this privileged place we
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