The Pedraforca Mountain soars up impressively in a very small area, formed over millions of years by the erosion of calcareous materials and the soft marl that has resulted in its unique and special profile. It is situated in the pre-Pyrenees in the El Berguedà region, and is part of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. In spite of the conservation activities carried out by the Massif Committee since 1982 when it was declared a Natural Area of National Interest, it is still possible to see the effects of the destruction to the relief caused by mining works to extract coal, much of it open cast. The area covers 1,671 hectares, shared between the municipalities of Saldes and Gósol, both in El Berguedà. All routes by the walls, edges, needles and channels on the Pedraforca Mountain walls have been well explored by climbers from across the world, who have reached the summit from every possible slope. From afar or close up, the peculiar silhouette of the so-called Enforcadura, which joins the Pollegó Superior, at 2,497 metres, with the Inferior, at 2,400 metres, has fascinated all who have visited it for many years. The north face has the most impressive appearance, with a brutal gash up to 800 metres above the Gresolet Valley, and represents a huge challenge even for the most daring climbers. For more cautious visitors, the tarmac track from Saldes to the Gresolet viewpoint (a few metres after leaving the town there is a marked sign) offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Cadí Mountain Range, although you can also reach the peak from Gósol via the Les Set Fonts plateau or the Serrata de la Muga. There is also a circular route that gives you a 360 degree view of the mountain. The route can be completed in one single day, or divided between two. Even so, the ascent of the Pedraforca is only recommended for people with a certain degree of experience in hiking or climbing. This iconic mountain of Catalan natural heritage has an impressive biological wealth. Up to 2,000 metres, the vegetation predominantly comprises beech trees and other deciduous tree formations that are abundant in the Gresolet forests, although excellent representations of Scots pine and fir trees can also be found. With regard to fauna, the presence of rabbits, partridges and wild boar is fairly common: you only need to take a stop en route and wait in silence for a while to see some of the animals that live on this mountain.Pedraforca 360º Virtual Visit
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