|Start the walk from the parking place of Sant
Crist˛for (550m) by taking the asphalt road that descends to the north.
Opposite to it you see a concrete road signposted to Castell. This
uphill road will take you back to Sant Crist˛for.
Almost immediately the road starts to climb. Ignore all side roads
and tracks until you meet an ascending path bordered by wooden railings
on your left (10 min) (610 m). Along this path you'll find picnicking
spots with tables and fountains. The first
one is in the shade of a reddish rock wall, and the second
above the lush gorge of Fontanelles.
Beyond these picnicking spots you encounter a lookout (25 min) (750 m)
encompassing a number of highlands and peaks including Alt de Morral,
Benicadell (1104 m), Pla de Balsella, Alt de la Creu (814), Safor (1013
m), Penyal Gros (862), Alt de la Caseta (1013 m) and Pla de la Casa
(1378 m). In the foreground lies a valley protected by the mountain
ranges of Mariola and Benicadell. You can discern the villages as white
spots and rivers as blue serpents meeting in the reservoir of Embalse de
Continue the path ignoring any side trails until a path with wooden
railings forks to the left. Climb up a few paces to find the fountain of
Huit Piletes (30 min) (770 m). At Huit
Piletes, do not turn right, but
go straight ahed to the path with wooden railings and a white-yellow
Soon after the fountain of Huit Piletes, you come to a fork (33 min)
(810 m). Take the path on your right, pointing to Esquerola, Sanxo and
Montcabrer. When the path forks again (34 min), keep right, following
the signposting to Montcabrer. (If you wish to return to Sant Cristofor,
turn left to "PRV 37II". It takes an hour to Refugi les
Foietes and another hour to Sant Cristofor).
When you reach the Esquerola
fountain (45 min) (910 m) take a break before starting the ascent
to Sanxo. You have a steep climb up in the middle of big
boulders. This rocky stretch lasts only a couple of minutes, and just
before Sanxo you can rest on stone seats under tall
Soon after Sanxo
(1h05min) (1105 m), the path forks by an electricity pole (1h10min)
(1145 m). Continue downhill to the right, following the yellow-white
waymark. Almost immediately, you can see the ruins of "Mas de
Llopis", resting on a grassy hillock studded with trees and
flowers. At Mas de Llopis (1h15min) (1125 m), a trail joins in from
right behind. Ignore it and bend left passing the ruins on your right.
The path leads up nortwest. When you come to a fork (1h26min) (1190
m) bear left
uphill. Keep left all the way to the fountain of Pouet
(1h42min) (1290 m).
From the fountain, continue straight on until you reach the plateua,
don't turn right. At the plateau, keep right uphill until you reach the
summit of Montcabrer (2h) (1390 m). The plateau formed by the lower
flanks of Montcabrer and Penyes Monteses is a pleasant sight, but the
summit affords also a splendid panorama to the surrounding valleys and
peaks.Looking east, you will enjoy views of the mountain ranges of
Almudaina, Serella and Aitana. Looking north you can see the mountain
range of Benicadell, the Albaida river valley, and Serra Grossa. In the
west, you overlook a gentle landscape with slight slopes. In the south
you can look out past Alcoi as far as the Menajador topping the forest
of kerm oaks of the Font Roja.
Descending from the summit, ignore all paths turning down left. But
when you meet a fork with paths up left and right down (2h10min) (1300
m), take the one up left with red-white waymarks of GR7. (If you turn
right, the path descent first to the ravine of Carrascalet, then takes
you pass a couple of fountains and river beds back to the GR7 within an
hour. If you choose this route, try to follow the yellow-white
Up on Penyes Monteses (2h15min) (1330 m), the path curves
You'll have a beautiful stroll on the grassy plateau with stray junipers
and rocks, enjoying magnificent views of mountain ranges on both sides
of the path.
Following the red-white waymarks, you start descending from the
plateau to Coll de Sabata. Some 5 minutes before Coll de Sabata, you
join the path that comes from the ravine of Carrascalet (3h) (1100 m).
Turn left. The path leads downhill to a small clrearing where you have
signposts (3h10min) (1020 m). Bend left and follow the signpost pointing
to Talecˇ de D'Alt, which you will reach in 10 minutes (3h20min) (950
m). By this ruined
building, keep left, walking past the ruins and two
tall pines. Do not go right to the road that you can see below. The path
leads through a field to a slope. Probably you cannot discern the path
in the field, but you can see it on the opposite slope.
First the path keeps going gently up and down for some 20 minutes,
then it descends steeply to a sand road (3h55min) (795 m). Turn right.
The road peters out into a path, which joins another road (4h08min) (745
m). Turn left facing a big quarry. This road meets another road
(4h17min) (735 m) on which you turn left again. At a fork, met almost
immediately, go right following the sign pointing to Castell and Sant
Christ˛for. Soon you meet an asphalt road (4h21min) (725 m). Cross it
straight to a trail that descend gently to another road (4h23min) (715
m). A signposted path to Castell and Sant Crist˛for forks left uphill
(4h27min) (690 m). Follow this path.
In few minutes, you encounter a
massive rock wall where the path bends right. When you come to a fork
(4h34min), go right. When the path joins an asphalt road (4h39min) (705
m), turn left, and after 10 meters, go straight ahead, not curving left.
On top of the hill (4h44min) (745 m), take the path on your left hand
side leading to the Castell.
At the Castell, curve sharp left to a concrete road descending to
Sant Crist˛for (5h).