Distance: 20,4 km
Duration (average) : 02 p.m.
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 665 D +
Departure: LAROQUE-DE-FA
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This Hautes-Corbières circuit allows you to discover a more mountainous landscape. It does not present any major technical difficulty, apart from the sporty variant (be careful, single on a steep slope!). The course is however demanding, with a long climb and steep slopes at times which require good physical condition (shaded areas). Gradually the vegetation evolves and passes from oaks to beeches then to firs. At the top, a breathtaking view awaits you, one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Corbières. The descent is long, do not hesitate to take breaks. This course is perfect for electric bikes. To see: Landscapes with mountain atmosphere, Orme Mort forest, Milobre de Massac (908 m) with one of the most beautiful panoramas of Corbières: Mont Tauch, the castles of Quéribus and Peyrepertuse, the Pyrenees, the Pic de Bugarach , Ariège, Mont Alaric, mountain landscapes.

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LAROQUE-DE-FA

IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 OT Tuchan, IGN 2447 West, IGN 2447 West Tuchan

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Step 1

Departure is from the car park of the old station on the D613. Climb towards the village. Exceed the access to the D1610 on the left, in the direction of Massac, to turn 75m later to the left in the direction of Borde Grande on the route of the GR36 / GR36A liaison.
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Step 2

Leave the D8010, access road to the property on your right and continue straight on the track, marked GR36. Pass the large Pas de Fious bend, then at the entrance to another bend, leave the access to the Carcassès property on the right and continue straight on the GR, along the stream (meadow). Climb on the GR in the Orme Mort forest. At the intersection, turn right.
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Step 3

At a place called Col de l'Orme Mort (large grassy clearing and crossroads), leave the GR36 which goes in the direction of Cédeillan to follow the neighboring parallel path, on its right. We enter the Combe de l'Esteille. The path leads to a crossroads of tracks.
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Step 4

Go opposite and climb to the end of the track.
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Step 5

You are at the top of Milobre de Massac, 907 meters above sea level (360° view). Pyrenees and Canigou, Mediterranean, Corbières, Narbonnais, Montagne Noire, Bugarach… are part of the panorama to contemplate. The summit lawns being an environment rich in protected species, we recommend that you do not leave the track. Option 1: For the return, choose a sporty option: go down a little (about 160m) on the track, and take the path in the woods below to the right (! single steep slope!) to the small refuge. Then continue on the track to the left. Bypass the Sarrat des Taupignès. Rejoin the route of option 2 and continue on the path to the right. Option 2: To continue the route (quieter option), stay on the track until the 1st crossroads and turn right. At the first intersection, cross the track and continue on the path opposite. It leads back to the Col de l'Orme Mort. Take the GR36 again, towards Laroque for 450m.
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Step 6

Leave it to follow a track to the right. A sharp bend signals the Col de l'Après (733m). Continue down the track to find the GR 36 below. Then turn right in the direction of Laroque de Fa, by the same route as on the outward journey.

Be careful, the fire risk is often high, especially in summer, and can lead to flower bed closures. Find out before you go consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited. Do not smoke and never throw cigarette butts in nature. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region. In the event of a fire or accident: give alert 18 or 112 from a cell phone.
Protect yourself from the sun and take enough water with you.
Avoid picking flowers and plants. Take all your trash. Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas.

Mountain bike routes: the routes are often shared with hikers or other users (cars, tractors, etc.). Be careful and always anticipate that a pedestrian may be present around a bend to have time to brake if necessary. Pedestrians have priority in principle, slow down at crossings or stop if the configuration of the terrain requires you to do so.
Thank you and happy hiking!

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