Distance: 18,7 km
Duration (average) : 02h
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 703 D +
Departure: LAGRASSE
MTB Black
We fell in love with this physical and technical black circuit with a few passages on red soil towards Tournissan. Singles and beautiful landscapes. Before the last descent, take a detour towards the Roc de Cagalière, you will overlook the village of Lagrasse: one of the most beautiful villages in France with its Benedictine abbey and its small cobbled streets. Circuit 13 of the VTT-FFC 198 space To see: Lagrasse: Abbey, banks of Orbieu, the “foot of Charlemagne”, Tournissan: footpath F.Lastenouse. Viewpoints: Lagrasse: the Roc de Cagalière, Tournissan: the Terres Rouges (above the Métairie).

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Your itinerary


Step 1

From the car park of Les Étiroirs, take the D212 towards the village then at the crossroads, the road to Saint Pierre des Champs and a few meters later, go up the Chemin de la Côte to the left. Take the track to the right, following the PR du “Pied de Charlemagne” upside down (yellow markings), towards the Col Rouge.

Step 2

At the cistern, leave the PR to continue straight for about 650m. Take the track to the right towards Métairie Terre Rouge.

Step 3

About 300m before the Métairie, dive left into the bed of the Terre Rouge stream. It is then a single trace. At the intersection with the PR (yellow) of the Francis Lastenouse path, turn right and in the opposite direction, uphill, the route of the PR to rue du Château in Tournissan.

Step 4

Take it to the left then turn left into rue de la Roche Trouée. At about 1350m, take the track to the left towards Serrat de Malclavel. We partly follow the ravine of the Millauque stream, uphill towards the massif. Then after passing along the Planels vineyard, you reach an intersection of tracks.

Step 5

Turn right; you are under the high voltage line until the next intersection, 250m further on, where you will take the common route with the C1 on the left for 1500m. After bypassing the Bessons hill, at the intersection, leave the C1 route which descends to the right towards Ribaute, to take the track to the left, along the Cayran stream, then straight ahead until you cross the route of the outward journey at the level of the track leading to the Métairie de Terre Rouge.

Step 6

Then go about 50m on the track towards Col Rouge before taking an uphill path on the right. About 200m higher, it joins the PR du “Pied de Charlemagne”, which you take to the right, uphill (direction of the loop). Be sure to admire the view over Lagrasse and beyond, at Roc de Cagalière, before descending on a single track to the track joining the Chemin de la Côte and Lagrasse.

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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