Distance: 6,4 km
Duration (average) : 02h30
Level: Easy
Elevation: 238 D +
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Departure: LAGRASSE
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Could the legendary hoof of Charlemagne's horse have trod this place? Did this emperor focus his eyes on the exceptional point of view of the rock of Cagalière? Corbières and the Pyrenees are visible there. The red earths contrast with the green of the pines. The botanical trail will teach you more about the local flora.

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LAGRASSE

IGN map reference (s): IGN 2446 West

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Step 1

Take the asphalt path which climbs in front of the forest house. Leave all the branches on either side and climb the fairly steep passage. After the cypress hedge, continue straight ahead, leave the Bénaourio subdivision and continue climbing.
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Step 2

After the switchback, leave the track for the path indicated by a cairn on the left. It climbs steeply and leads to a fork near a game crop among the pines.
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Step 3

Take the path on the left. It leads back and forth to the rock of Cagalière (exceptional view of the village, the Corbières, Alaric, the Pyrenees). Go back down to the fork. Continue on the path to the left (east), then take the forest track to the left. It crosses the pine forest and arrives at the level of two cairns (on the right, access to the famous Pied de Charlemagne, 50 m; according to legend, an excavation in the limestone rock would be the footprint of Charlemagne's horse).
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Step 4

Continue along the track and reach a crossroads (information panel for the Le Romanissa botanical route).
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Step 5

Take the Col-Rouch or Col-Rouge track to the right, after the green cistern, which crosses the Lagrasse communal forest in the Litié valley (shaded route; the typical stone walls recall the pastoral past of this valley; the expression “Col Rouch” comes from “Terre Rouge” because of the color of the soil due to red silts).
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Step 6

At the Col Rouge crossroads ("Col Rouch forest road" sign), leave the track which continues straight ahead and turn right onto the slope on the hillside for about 3 km. She brings her back to the forest house.

Please note, the fire risk is currently high and may lead to the closures of flowerbeds. Find out before you go to consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited.
Do not smoke or throw cigarette ends into the environment. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region.
In case of 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 away all your waste.
Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas. Thank you and have a good walk!

Reviews

Sebastien the Cathare The 21 July 2021
May 2021: pretty hike with the sumptuous climax: the rock of Cagalière. Charlemagne's foot is a little curiosity, and the botanical path seems abandoned, too bad, although there are still some interesting signs. Black point, the parking, I thought to park next to the starting sign of the hike but a prohibited parking by municipal decree of 2019 has been implemented, so where to park without paying?

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