Distance: 39,3 km
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 1019 D +
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Departure: MOUX
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This circuit follows in the footsteps of the “Cap sur l'Alaric” hike, set up by the local club “La Fumade”. It has 2 loops: one on the slope of the Alaric with a single-track on the hill to Fontcouverte then from the Combe Douzelle to the Combe Torte and a beautiful descent at the end of the course. Another loop will take you to the crests of Rocher du Renard with the added bonus of a nice descent to Conilhac. Circuit 16 Espace VTT-FFC 198 To see: Moux: tomb of Henri Bataille, ruins of St Pierre castle. Fontcouverte: Fontcalel fountain. Conilhac: place du Lavoir. Viewpoints: Between Moux and Fontcouverte: La Côte, Gourgouniou, Col de Fourty, Château St Pierre. Above Fontcouverte: Le Trote-Cos and the Chemin de Lagrasse before Les Vals (viewpoint over the Alaric). Montbrun des Corbières: Le Rocher du Renard. Conilhac: Le Roc de Mignonet.

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IGN map reference (s): IGN 2445 East Lézignan-Cres, IGN 2446 East Ferrals les Corbières - blue series, IGN 2446 West Capendu


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From the cooperative cellar, take the D2113 (avenue H Bataille) for about 500m, towards the village. Then turn right into rue Prosper Mestre Huc (indication GR77). We pass in front of the tomb of Henri Bataille (a curious Renaissance marble fountain on which is a reproduction of the “Transi by René de Chalon” made by the animal sculptor François Pompon. It is in front of the family crypt, behind an enclosure where various battle poems are placed). Pass under the motorway bridge then about 400m later, at the crossroads, let the GR climb towards the “Fours à Chaux” property then towards Alaric to take the small road on the left. About 500m later, turn left onto a path between the vines, which climbs up the wooded hill. We go due east on a single-track, above the vineyard to Fontcouverte, which we reach by the path of the Amandiers. Go down due south to the Fontcalel fountain, following the yellow markings of the PR “Autour de La Peyrouse”. Follow this route (with a single-track variant before the entrance to the Vals property) Bypass this property to the right, descending to an intersection. Take a right. We take about 600m and in the opposite direction a section of circuit 12. Continue the track uphill for about 300m, leave the Crémaille property on the left, leave the track uphill towards Alaric and turn right onto a path which soon becomes single-track and passes under the LHT. You go from Combe Douzelle to Combe Torte when you reach the intersection of a track. Take a left uphill until you reach a crossroads of tracks. Go right, uphill towards Alaric. At the intersection with the GR77, go down to the right (GR77) towards the Fontaine des Joncs, the ruined Château St Pierre, then the Fours à Chaux. We then find the route to go to Moux. Arrival on the D2113. Follow the GR77 markings opposite via rue Théron and rue de la Calade. We leave the GR77 just after passing under the D6113. Continue straight on the D65. Leave it just under the LHT and turn right immediately. About 160m later, go up to the left by a single-track on the Picarelle hill. You then join the yellow PR "Le Rocher du Renard", which you take to the right, along the edge of the plateau. We enjoy a direct view of the Alaric massif and further south, the Corbières. After about 1500m, the yellow PR turns north. Follow it for approximately 1150m then leave it to turn right on the plateau on a path which soon joins the main track. Continue east towards the D65 that you leave on the left to join the yellow PR de l'Ausine. Descent to Conilhac. You enter the village by the Chemin des Oliviers. After the ford of rue de la Passerelle, take the D65 towards Montbrun. (A link allows you to join circuit 17 or Lézignan via the pine forest, see description). At the Col de la Portenelle, take the track to the left on the plateau that you cross to the west. After a hairpin bend, you quickly reach the bottom of the plateau. Turn left on a track which joins in 1200m, the D65. Take it to the left and soon join the route going to Moux. Do not miss on and off the route: In Moux, the tomb of Henri Bataille (see text above), the ruins of Château St Pierre; in Fontcouverte, the Fontcalel fountain; the place of the wash house in Conilhac; crossing the villages and their heritage. Connection between circuit 16 and 17 Departure: On the D165 between Conilhac Corbières and Montbrun des Corbières Cumulative elevation: 65m Total distance: 4km276 (one way) Rating Described direction of traffic: D165 / Lézignan pine forest Coming from Conilhac, before reaching the pass from la Portenelle, go up the track which starts on the right in the hairpin bend. Drive north for 1200m and always to the right of the wind turbines before heading due east between the vines and then into the pine forest. At the crossroads, begin a passage on the small paved road on the left to immediately locate a path on the right in the pines which emerges further on the tarmac. Continue on the path opposite to the track below (markings for the Lézignan-Corbières SENS botanical path?). Turn right on the route of the PR de la pinède St Jaumes and leave the small road that goes down to Lézignan to turn left onto a large unpaved parking area. Then follow the main track (yellow PR markings) crossing the St Jaumes pine forest until the intersection with the C17 circuit at the parking lot of the Vita course.
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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!


Stéphane The April 16 2022

Hard. We barely did the first loop, which is more electric. It must be said that the singles as well as the many ports exhausted us. Very nice course. We will come back more trained.

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