Pica d'Estats reunites incentives sufficient
to turn its ascent a mythical landmark
for any hiker: with 3,143 ms of altitude
it is the highest top of the Països
Catalans, everything a symbol; the effort
that supposes the same ascent is everything
a challenge to which hardly we know
ourselves to deny; the splendour of
the panorama that we obtain from the
top is indelible, with an extension
of mountain ranges and tips on our feet
that makes seem smaller to you and simultaneously
puff up the spirit to you; the same
beauty of the way, by anyone of its
sides, is already a prize. The ascent
that is offered here is by the French
side, leaving from the Artiga, with
overnith stay in the refuge of Pinet.
It is one more a longer and perhaps
not as attractive as raising from the
plan of Boet, the Catalan side, but
equally good option.
to get there
is precise to go to by the D-20, the
axis of Arieja, between Acs and Fois.
In Tarascon on Arieja we took the D-108
in Vic-of-sòç, Auzat,
Marc and the Artiga. The way leaves
us in the parking of the Artiga, from
where it is precise to begin in walking.
The day that we did those of the CMSC
we left a kilometer before, of the place
of picnic of the crossing from the track
to the forest of Fontanals, since we
went with bus (371935 - 4730432 - 1120,
point 1 of the map).
It does not have special difficulties.
He is one of 3000 more accessible, but
always it is precise to remember that
is high mountain.
is needed experience and equipment high
mountain, although it is not a difficult
top. Crampons can be necessary, but
during the summer in general they do
not make lack.
of the route
Artiga - Orris of plan of Nouzère
- Refuge of Pinet - Coll de Riufred
- Pica d'Estats
0,00 h. Parking
of the Artiga. 371093 - 4730042
- 1179 (point 2 of the map). A clear
indication to the "Montcalm"
put us in the good way (the French chauvinism
does not let here make the ridiculous
situation, since the Montcalm is a three
thousand a quite inferior one, in all
the senses, to Pica, without the fact
to be in exclusively French territory
does not give any preeminence). The
way (SW) goes next to the stream by
a shaded place of shore. After 800 ms,
shortly after returning to pass the
stream, it agrees to be kind to the
indications that rotate to us to the
left (SE), in a strong ascent. If some
confused one continued straight would
arrive at a cascade, a pretty stroll.
Immediately we entered in a beech forest
and soon the way resumes direction SW.
1,30 h. Orris
of the plan of Nouzère.
369498 - 4729186 - 1675. Shortly after
leaving the forest. To the left it
leaves a way that pass by the Sourd
lake. The GR continues straight, between
meadows, while the sight is been high
and mighty. The ascent is become lasts,
mainly the final section, before the
3,00 h. Refuge
de Pinet. 368733 - 4727975
- 2238. Of the CAF, next to the small
lake of Pinet, it offers the few comforts
of these rough places.. To 7 in the
morning we began the ascent, lasts
and constant. The way leaves the foot
of the lake and raises (S) by the
valleta of Bars, with the stream of
Estats to the right. Soon we see the
bottom of the valley the col of Sotllo.
To the right we have the rough tips
of the Guins, the one of the Talps
and the one of Ase. To the height
of the lake of Estats, that is underneath
us, we turned to the left (SE), by
the valley of Montcalm, until the
lake of Montcalm, where we return
to turn South.
5,30 h. Coll
de Riufred. 369158 - 4725691
- 2978. Between the Montcalm, to the
left, and the Pica d'Estats, to the
right. Ahead the valley of Riufred
is opened, with a series of lakes.
We continued by the careening (SW)
until we reach the col (3,102 ms)
between the tips of Verdaguer and
Estats. We raised the left.
6,00 h. Pica
d'Estats. 368807 - 4725277
- 3143. We have already arrived. The
day is good and wonderful. Close they
emphasize the tip of Verdaguer, the
Sotllo and the careening of the Guins
(W and NW), the end of Gabarró
(SE) and Montcalm (NE). Further on
a sea of tops, tips and mountain ranges,
everything a world, huge and magnificent,
and that there is to enjoy with calm.
The return we do it by the same way.
Of all ways he is recommendable, if
sufficient spirit is had, to also
make the tip of Verdaguer, that does
not represent more than 10 min, and
that is very easy; and also the Montcalm,
for which already min is necessary
to count more on about 40, but also
easy. Again in the refuge he is better
to lower by the way of the lake Sourd,
smoother than the GR.. Without excessive
haste, it is precise to count for
all it between 4-5 h.
24 of June of 2007. Dedicated to the companions
Alfred, Imma, Teresa, Carmen, Isi and Xavier,
that did 3000 for the first time, and also
to the other companions of the CMSC.
d'Estats - Mont-Roig, Alpine Editorial,
Vicdessos, pics d'Estats et du Montcalm,
2148 OT, TOP 25, IGN, Paris.