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a0263 - Montseny River Gualba Waterfalls to Santa Fe

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Distance
9.82 mi
Elevation gain
4,039 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
1,257 ft
Max elevation
3,780 ft
TrailRank 
58 1
Min elevation
593 ft
Trail type
One Way
Coordinates
567
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October 6, 2022
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near Campins, Catalunya (España)

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Photo ofa0263 - Montseny River Gualba Waterfalls to Santa Fe Photo ofa0263 - Montseny River Gualba Waterfalls to Santa Fe Photo ofa0263 - Montseny River Gualba Waterfalls to Santa Fe

Itinerary description

The route starts in Campins, a small village at the foot of the Montseny mountains. From Campins we take a series of forestall footpaths and gravel roads to the village of Gualba.

From Gualba the uphill ascent starts by passing via a forested trail parallel to the Riera Gualba (river) and arrives at a small hydro electric power station with a small waterfall. From here there is the option of making a short diversion to the viewpoint of the Salt de Gualba, a waterfall with a 130 metre drop over various levels.

From the Power station the trail continues up via a forested trail Taking a right turn into dense forest with a hidden ruined farmhouse. This trail crosses with a river with a beautiful waterfall surrounded by trees with bright yellow leaves in the autumn. To the left of the waterfall the footpath continues up next to the river and follows the river bed via a rocky path as it curves round a headland with a metal cross on the top (La Crau Gran).

When we get within sight of a smaller metal cross (La Creu petita) we will see another large waterfall called Salt de Gorg Negre and we turn left a short way after this into a forested path that climbs up to another hydro electric power station called Central de Dalt. From here we get some views down into the valley.

Continue climbing the path to the right of the power station up through the forest until it joins a rural road / wide path that snakes up the mountain through the forest.

As the rural road gets closer to Santa Fe, it runs next to the Santa Fe river with amazing colours on the trees and small mountain cascades on the river.

After some effort, the path levels out and arrives at the Santa Fe reservoir. We can take small diversion here to walk along the top of the reservoir to the centre and admire the view of the lake and mountains.

To finish the trail, continue a gradual uphill path to the Santa Fe hostel (It looks like a Gothic stone monastery) and then to the Centre d'Informacio Can Casades.

This is the end of the route. to return to Sant Celoni train station there is a sagales bus, with the last bus departing at 18:00h on a weekend. Also there is the Avet Blau Hostal Restaurant behind Centre d'Informacio Can Casades. I recommend doing this as part of a two day adventure, hiking down via Riells on the second day.

Overnight accommodation can be in Aven Blau or Santa Fe hostal.

Allow 6-8 hours to complete this route depending on personal fitness, it is uphill most of the way.

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Waypoints

PictographBus stop Altitude 998 ft

Campins bus stop from Sant Celoni

PictographProvisioning Altitude 987 ft
Photo ofla Terrassa del Montseny Restaurant

la Terrassa del Montseny Restaurant

PictographBus stop Altitude 990 ft

Bus stop to return to Sant Celoni

PictographProvisioning Altitude 990 ft
Photo ofLa Falda de Montseny Restaurant

La Falda de Montseny Restaurant

PictographReligious site Altitude 1,062 ft
Photo ofEsglesia de Sant Joan Baptista de Campins Photo ofEsglesia de Sant Joan Baptista de Campins Photo ofEsglesia de Sant Joan Baptista de Campins

Esglesia de Sant Joan Baptista de Campins

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,229 ft

turn left

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,221 ft
Photo ofCa l'Ermengol farmhouse

Ca l'Ermengol farmhouse

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,271 ft
Photo ofturn right onto footpath Photo ofturn right onto footpath Photo ofturn right onto footpath

turn right onto footpath

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,140 ft

Turn left onto rural paved road towards Gualba

PictographIntersection Altitude 993 ft

Turn left onto footpath

PictographIntersection Altitude 810 ft

Turn left towards Gualba

PictographReligious site Altitude 601 ft
Photo ofPlaza Joan Rogue Photo ofPlaza Joan Rogue

Plaza Joan Rogue

PictographWaypoint Altitude 631 ft
Photo ofCan Figueres farmhouse

Can Figueres farmhouse

PictographWaypoint Altitude 620 ft

Turn right

PictographWaypoint Altitude 736 ft

Cross the river via the bridge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 990 ft

Turn right

PictographWaterfall Altitude 1,062 ft
Photo ofCentral no.3 hydro electric plant and waterfall Photo ofCentral no.3 hydro electric plant and waterfall Photo ofCentral no.3 hydro electric plant and waterfall

Central no.3 hydro electric plant and waterfall

PictographWaterfall Altitude 1,168 ft
Photo ofViewpoint of Salt de Gualba waterfall

Viewpoint of Salt de Gualba waterfall

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,626 ft
Photo ofThe path crosses the water tubes for the hydro electric plant

The path crosses the water tubes for the hydro electric plant

PictographPanorama Altitude 1,943 ft
Photo ofViewpoint

Viewpoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,123 ft

Turn right

PictographRuins Altitude 2,023 ft
Photo ofRuined farmhouse Photo ofRuined farmhouse

Ruined farmhouse

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,906 ft
Photo ofYellow leaves and waterfall. leave the waterfall via the path to the left of the waterfall Photo ofYellow leaves and waterfall. leave the waterfall via the path to the left of the waterfall Photo ofYellow leaves and waterfall. leave the waterfall via the path to the left of the waterfall

Yellow leaves and waterfall. leave the waterfall via the path to the left of the waterfall

PictographWaterfall Altitude 2,038 ft
Photo ofviewpoint of Salt del Gorg negre waterfall. Stay clear of the edge

viewpoint of Salt del Gorg negre waterfall. Stay clear of the edge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,036 ft
Photo ofLa Creu petita viewpoint Photo ofLa Creu petita viewpoint Photo ofLa Creu petita viewpoint

La Creu petita viewpoint

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,008 ft
Photo ofPath along rocky river bed Photo ofPath along rocky river bed Photo ofPath along rocky river bed

Path along rocky river bed

PictographIntersection Altitude 2,044 ft

Turn left into an almost hidden path into a forested arch

PictographMonument Altitude 2,201 ft
Photo ofCentral De Dalt Hydro Electric power plant Photo ofCentral De Dalt Hydro Electric power plant

Central De Dalt Hydro Electric power plant

PictographRiver Altitude 2,654 ft
Photo ofmountain stream Photo ofmountain stream

mountain stream

PictographIntersection Altitude 2,665 ft
Photo ofTurn right onto rural track Photo ofTurn right onto rural track

Turn right onto rural track

PictographRiver Altitude 3,351 ft
Photo ofSanta Fe river Photo ofSanta Fe river

Santa Fe river

PictographTree Altitude 3,389 ft
Photo ofAncient trees and rivers Photo ofAncient trees and rivers

Ancient trees and rivers

PictographLake Altitude 3,582 ft
Photo ofPanta Santa Fe reservoir Photo ofPanta Santa Fe reservoir

Panta Santa Fe reservoir

PictographLake Altitude 3,582 ft
Photo ofPanta Santa Fe reservoir

Panta Santa Fe reservoir

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,613 ft
Photo ofPath to Hostal Santa Fe and Amet Blau Restaurant Photo ofPath to Hostal Santa Fe and Amet Blau Restaurant Photo ofPath to Hostal Santa Fe and Amet Blau Restaurant

Path to Hostal Santa Fe and Amet Blau Restaurant

PictographOvernight Altitude 3,712 ft

Santa Fe hostal

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,748 ft

Can Cascades Visitor centre

PictographOvernight Altitude 3,740 ft

Avet Blau Restaruant and hostal

PictographBus stop Altitude 3,777 ft

Sagales 573 Santa Fe bus stop

Comments  (1)

  • bigorragarcia Mar 23, 2024

    La primera part de la ruta d'un km es per cami pero despres va per una carretera transitada i es perillos.

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