Distance: 22,4 km
Duration (average) : 02h
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 830 D +
Departure: TALAIRAN
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At the crossroads of the eastern and western Corbières, circuit 24 of the VVT ​​FFC 198 base allows you to understand the Corbières massif in all its aspects. Hills commonly called here “pech” to climb, to descend through tracks or narrower paths enveloped in the maquis. There are also flat portions which allow you to relax a little more and enjoy the landscape while traveling. Each hill offers a near or distant view. The mountain of Alaric and the peak of Nore constitute the backdrop to the north, while to the east the Saint-Victor and the wind turbines of Villesèque-des-Corbières stand out, to the south certain descents in the maquis or on Wider slopes offer an exceptional view of the Canigou massif or even Mont Tauch, while to the West, Pech Bugarach and Capcir in the distance loom on the horizon. This circuit offers a nice “physical” outing while having a heritage side. It is characterized by the use of tracks and paths at the end of three municipalities: Talairan, Albas and Villerouge Termenès. The 22.4km of route on this 9km² territory offers several sporty descents as well as calmer portions. Approaching the Pech de Guilloumet, the mountain biker can also take the opportunity to discover some interpretive panels on a nearby trail dedicated to the history of mining production in this area.

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IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 OT


Step 1

From the parking lot of the Fourques & St Rome departmental property, the blue and black circuits take the same route. Leave the D40 departmental road and follow the track going south on the northern flank of Pech de la Boulière. The view will gradually become clearer on the eastern slope (E) over the Albas valley and, in the distance, over the Saint-Victor (NE) and the wind turbines of Villesèque-des-Corbières (E). After a kilometer, the route leads to two successive intersections. Turn right to the west then right again. The track taken rises slightly (90m D+ over 950m). In the middle distance, a sign and a barrier mark the departmental ownership of this space. The two circuits still run on the same path for another 400m until an intersection. The black circuit then heads onto the left (south) track while the blue circuit continues west.

Step 2

The track taken rises towards the summit of “Sarrat de Lacamp de Madame”. Open spaces in the scrub allow you to understand the surroundings. The Alaric mountain mainly occupies the view to the north and, beyond, the Black Mountain can be seen. Once you have passed the summit, the circuit goes back down towards the south via the track for 400m. We then leave the track to rush into the scrub. Then begins a slightly more sporty portion which plunges us into the thick woods of the maquis and which gives us a foretaste (260m) of some descents to come. The track is characterized by plowed and stony soil throughout. At the end of this first descent, the circuit crosses a track to continue to descend until joining another track in a thalweg (along the Vicenza stream).

Step 3

After a bend, the route opens onto a large open space with several paths. Our route runs straight ahead and then goes around Pech Montredon in a clockwise direction. A second sporting portion in the maquis will begin when leaving this track. For 1.23km, the mountain biker moves through thick scrub. The first 600 meters descend on a track of plowed earth and stones with a few bends (600m, 50m D-). The second part is less winding and leads to a descending track (630m, -50m D-). At the intersection, turn right (South) and go down the valley until you reach another intersection. Turn right again (West) and follow the Abellanies stream for 1.3km.

Step 4

At the end of this long descent, the route comes to an intersection in a clearing with three possible directions. The black circuit turns in a hairpin to go up the woods of Fenouillères (East). Arriving at the summit, the path widens. A long descent begins towards the place called “Fenouillères”. 2,3km long, this stage is made up of three parts. The first is a 450m descent to reach a crossroads, go straight on; then continue for about a hundred meters. The second part, more sporty, will descend on a succession of narrow bends still in the scrub. The third part joins the track 550m further. The route crosses this track to climb the embankment opposite and continues along the southern side of the hill for 300m. The path then turns at a right angle to reach the place called 400m further on.

Step 5

From the place called “Fenouillères”, go around the old building (South-West). A few hundred meters later, the circuit leaves the track at a bend to continue on a path straight ahead (West). Two other intersections will come very quickly. Turn left for the first then right for the second. After 700m, the circuit comes to a five-branched crossroads. The route will continue towards the North-West on an ascending track (350m, 50D+) and crosses a new intersection, continue straight on. At the end of this ascending track, the route arrives at a pass (altitude 485m) with several directions. Head towards the track with the sign “Forêt Départementale de Saint-Rome & Fenouillères”.

Step 6

From the aforementioned departmental sign, the circuit runs along the eastern side of the Pech de Guilloumet, leaving the two paths (less wide) going up to the left (west). The signage then runs along the southern slope of the Serre du Mau to another crossroads (4 lanes), go straight ahead and go down the slope via a winding path set out in the maquis (660m). The route leads to a track. Turn left and follow the track for 1km (leave the path on the left at 750m). Here we arrive at a crossroads where the two circuits (black and blue meet – the blue circuit arrives from the right). Turn left (West).

Step 7

The route arrives 300m further on at a five-way intersection (on this portion the blue circuit runs in the opposite direction, towards the East). This intersection requires special attention because the circuit will use it again a little later. Until this intersection, the track is bordered on the left by holm oaks and a meadow on the right. At the intersection, take a slight left then straight on. Continue for 500m. Leave the two lanes coming from the right to head south then south-east for 300m. At the intersection, the route takes the track which goes up on the right to arrive on the Lacamp plateau (for the first 350 meters the blue circuit will be in the opposite direction). The route arrives at a pass at the foot of Pech de Guilloumet. This point is marked by an enclosure closing access to Palairac with a Canadian barrier (South-West) as well as the directional blades for our mountain bike circuit (South-East) but also gray directional signs for the Palairac mines trail. Follow the directional blade going down to the left.

Step 8

The mountain bike circuit descends by a path for 230m the eastern side of the pech and joins a track. Turn left (North). The track will turn to the right (East). Always go straight for 1km. At the end of this portion, the circuit comes to an intersection. Turn left (North). 50m further, leave the path coming from the left and continue progressing to the right. The path goes up the southern flank of Sarrat du Cabirou for 300m (20M D+), passes the pass and goes back down for 250m (20m D-). The route continues left (Northwest) to reach the five-way intersection. Continue straight on for 200m to come out on a track leading to the Lacamp cabin. Turn right for 350m to the cabin with its picnic table.

Step 9

The last stage takes us back to Fourques and Saint-Rome. The route takes a path (North-West) and descends for 2,5km (190m D-). The wide and grassy track initially descends slightly for 700m. 3 intersections over the first 700 meters. Throughout this portion, always turn right at the three intersections. Finally, the route arrives at a junction (north/south). Turn left (North) and take the stony track for 950m. Halfway, the view will open onto the Fourques valley, Talairan, the Alaric mountain and the Black Mountain. Two successive signs will remind the user to cross the D40 to get to the other side of the road. There, pass the barrier then turn right (East) and return to the start.

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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