Pic de I'Alzina and Col de Jou loop is a 9.1 mile loop trail located near Vernet-les-Bains, Pyrénées-Orientales, France that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length9.1 miElevation gain3,858 ftRoute typeLoop
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Park at the exit of Vernet-les-bains at the parking of the Hotel des Thermes. This difficult hike is well marked. Stroll along and discover the Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou. The inhabitants of Vernet-les-Bains are called Vernetois, Vernetoises. Later depart from the bridge "Marcel Denizot". Take the paved road that goes up to the bridge. Follow the direction of the winter garden. The trail climbs in laces overlooking Vernet. Continue towards the woods of Belvedere (773m),and you will see Casteil on the left and Vernet on the right. Continue the climb facing the chain of Canigou. Make sure to check out the Peak of the Azine for great views. Then follow the ridge line to the left. You will pass a small rocky ridge then descend. Note that there will be a rock wall equipped with a cable to descend and cross the river. Take the path that goes down to Casteil west; panel "30 'toe". Shortly after take the track to the right. Go past the water treatment plant. When you see the road D611, go up to the left. Make a left turn at the stone house. When you see Col de Jou (1125m). Take the marked trail to the north that leads to the Goa Tower. Enjoy the magnificent panorama. The tower has a visual radius of 50 km. On the right at the S / E the peak of 7 Men, you will see lepic Quazemi, the lower bell tower of St Martin du Canigou. From left to the west, you will see Sahorrea and Escaro, dominated by the peak of Trés Estelles. An orientation table gives additional geographical indications. Continuing on, follow the marked trail MTB to the East. There will be a hiking sign of Pic de la Pena 1H, so continue to the right. The path sneaks nicely into the scrubland and Canigou face North is displayed in all its splendor. On the left, there is the valley of Sahorre and Escaro. Take the path that goes down to the left to the North. Be careful because the descent is tough.

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Olivier Robillard
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