Walks near Vernet-les-Bains and to Canigou


11 hours;  climb: 1650m

A route to Canigou which passes through wonderful, rugged mountain country. Many walkers allow two days to complete this excursion, staying the night at Marialles on the way up.
(It should be noted that, in August 2022, an unforeseen landslide in the Canigou "cheminée" area occurred during a mountain race. Five runners were injured, one seriously. The "cheminée" has since been cleared. This type of event is rare in the Canigou massif, but following its occurrence this alert was issued by the "Secours en montagne 66 - CRS Pyrenees" service: "Don't forget that you are in the mountains where risks have been reinforced by the high temperatures we are experiencing. Even if access is not forbidden, please be especially careful and vigilant".)

Canigou (Jou - Mariailles)


For this walk description there are:

- a page in HTML format ("Walk description (with map)") containing a map of the walk's route and a description of the route;

- a page in PDF format (A4 size) ("Walk description and map in pdf format") showing a map of the walk's route and, on that, a description of each stage of the walk, with small photos of places where there is a change of direction;

- a web page containing a profile of the route, indicating sections of ascent and descent;

- a web page containing photos of places passed on the walk (or seen from the walk), with links to websites giving information about places of special interest along the walk;

- a web page containing only the text of the walk description.

You can save a route description (in either HTML or PDf format) on a smartphone or tablet, in order to study the description and map later on, when following a walk on the ground. Or you can print the description in PDF format, on a sheet of paper.

These options should be sufficient to follow a route on the ground. However, you are strongly advised also to take with you the 1:25,000 scale IGN "carte de randonnée" map for the area covered by the walk (that is, for walks close to Vernet and to the Pic du Canigou, the IGN map 2349ET, "Massif du Canigou").

You can translate the text of a walk description (into, for example, German, Catalan or Spanish) with "Google Translate". A "plug-in" to facilitate such a translation appears at the top of several pages of this site.

The pages which contain only the text of a walk description are provided so that, if you wish, you can translate that text online, then print out that translation and take it with you on a walk (along with, for example, a printout of the walk map in pdf format).

The text of the walk descriptions has been written in a way that is intended to minimise translation errors.