Distance: 14,4 km
Duration (average) : 05 p.m.
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 434 D +
Departure: ALBIERES
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Departure of the stone stele in the village. A squirrel as a guide, would it be a hike in the undergrowth? > The numbered cairns refer to the “Les petits vadrouilles” booklets which evoke different themes (material and natural heritage, local stories and legends, etc.). They are available at Pom's multiservice points as well as at Termes and Villerouge-Termenès châteaux.


Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 West


Step 1

Exit the village by the D 129. Follow the D 613 to the right for 1 km and the Bagnocos path to the right for 500 m (sand pit from which a pretty yellow sand cairn 1 is drawn).

Step 2

Go up the path to the right in the forest made up of Scots pine with orange bark, Laricio pine from Corsica with soft needles and Black pine from Austria. (cairn 2). Take the road on the left. With crow's feet, climb the path opposite for 450 m in an area of ​​"fallow land" of old pastures where bushes and shrubs colonize the space abandoned by animals. (cairn 3).

Step 3

Take the path to the right, reach the woods and reach the Ramier pass (the Ramier and Paradis passes separate the slopes of Aude and Orbieu, cairn 4).

Step 4

Follow the path to the left, the track to the left (a clay depression keeps the soil moist, dear to the salamander. Poplars, Marsault willows and birches occupy the space; cairn 5) and, at the Col du Paradis (many pines have been cut down to stop the spread of a devastating fungus, cairn 6), the D 613 on the right for 50 m.

Step 5

By the path on the left, enter the forest of Rialsesse, forest of the King (cairn 7). Continue to the right, pass the forest house of Estagnol (A stele dedicated to Théodore Rousseau, conservator of Water and Forests is affixed there. Cairn 8) and take the path on the left to find the track. At the fork, take the left path, on the side, and reach a crossroads (view of the Arques valley and the keep, cairn 9).

Step 6

Take the track on the left for 130 m, then the path on the left. It leads to the fire lookout (highest point of the trail (820 m) cairn 10). Come back and take the track on the left for 600 m. Take the path on the left, then the path on the right between the chestnut trees (tree for all purposes: basketry but also cairn 11 vine stakes). Leave the farm on the right (the breeding of beef cows supplants that of the traditional sheep. Cairn 12) and continue on the ridge for 700 m. Follow the track to the left (site of an old Romanesque church (St Just, prior to the 13th century, surrounded by a hamlet of the same name: the original village of Albières. Cairn XNUMX).

Step 7

Go down the track on the left, take the road on the right (valley bottom populated with willows, wild fruit trees, ash trees, cairn 14 hazel trees) then the D 613 on the right and join Albières.

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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