Gorgues Canet d'Adri

The mount of Adri and the Canet’s stream pools

Distance: 3,71 km

Elevation gain: 50 m

Difficulty: Moderate

Circular: Yes

Download here the route track


The Puig d’Adri is a beautiful example of the quaternary volcanism of the Gironès regions, especially because of the variety and complexity of its eruptive phases. It began with a hydromagmatic explosive phase, where the ascending magma was mixed with groundwater, causing the opening of a large crater about a kilometer in diameter. This crater is now difficult to appreciate, since it is partially covered by two later volcanic buildings, of strombolian type that form the mountain itself.

We’ll start the route, which is one-way, from Adri. A path just in front of the houses goes south towards the mountain, at first it passes through a field of olive trees. The road begins to go into the woods. On the left we find an ancient ground where you can see very fine materials formed by volcanic ash and small fragments of rock from the subsoil, deposited in the form of layers. These materials were ejected in the initial explosive phase of the volcano.

The path continues to go up gently until it reaches a type of crop fields. Here volcanic materials are blocks of stone deposited above the ashes that we found below by a calmer strombolian eruptive phase. The fields below on the right correspond to the first crater, partially covered by the building of the mountain.

We follow the path until we find an old house (can Xinet). From here there are magnificent views of the Girona flat, the Gavarres, Rocacorba and part of the Baix Emporda. Past the rubble we continue to follow the field until we reach the beginning of the forest. We see on the left a sidewalk that suddenly descends between some terraces and the forest. We followed him into a holm oak. Without leaving the sidewalk we pass by the side of some terraces with pine trees that we find on the right. At the end of the pine forest, on the left, we can see through the trees, a magnificent view of Canet’s plain, formed by the accumulation of volcanic ash at the bottom of ancient valleys.

We continue along a narrow, low sidewalk. We pass through the middle of a holm oak with a high density of regrown feet as a result of an ancient and intense exploitation for carbonation. Precisely in the middle of the sidewalk we come across an abandoned coal square. Later the sidewalk leads us to a wider path, which we will follow down between holm oaks. After a small climb and a flat stretch we see some fields on the right. We follow the main road following the descent and passing on the side of a house, which we leave on the left, and until we reach the road that goes from Canet to Adri. We pass the road and, just after, we set the path on the right, leaving two sidewalks on the left. The path leads to a paved track next to the tower farmhouse, already in view of Canet.

We continue along the track to the road that leads in the farmhouse. Right next door we find an informative ceiling and the path that leads us, down to the gorgues of Canet. Formed by the lava and ash flows that went down the valley floor from the volcano. We can make the return by crossing the bridge and return by the same path, uphill, to the village of Canet.

Canet d'Adri

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