lunes, 1 de enero de 2018

Pic de Quartiules (2.226 m) desde Planes de Son

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Les Planes de Son es un bonito paraje de las Valls d'Àneu, en el Pirineo de Lleida. Desde este punto iniciamos una nueva ruta que nos llevó a la cima del Pic de Quartiules (2.226 m) pasando por el refugio de Pla de la Font. Es una excursión sencilla con unas vistas excepcionales.

Llegamos en coche a Les Planes de Son donde hay las instalaciones de MónNatura Pirineus. Ya desde el principio encontramos mucha nieve. Cruzamos Les Planes de Son dejando, a nuestra izquierda, la riera del Tinter. Subimos por el bosque (manchas amarillas) en dirección al Refugio del Pla de la Font pasando por los Prats de Piero y el Barranc de les Estanyeres. Durante todo el trayecto seguimos las trazas de esquís y raquetas.

Planes de Son

Refugio Pla de la Font

Desde el refugio enseguida llegamos al Coll de Fogueruix donde hay un mirador. La vista es inmensa hacia el lado de Espot. Se ve la estación de esquí y las montañas que la rodean.

Coll de Fogueruix

A continuación, giramos a la izquierda y empezamos a subir por un camino por dentro del bosque haciendo zigzags. En el tramo final atravesamos un claro que conduce hasta la cima del Pic de Quartiules, coronado por un gran hito de piedra. Nos encontramos a 2.222 metros de altura. A nuestros pies se divisa el pueblo de Espot con las pistas de esquí al fondo.

Pic de Quartiules

Tras alcanzar la cima del Pic de Quartiules consultamos el GPS y decidimos subir a una cumbre anexa. Nos tocó abrir huella en la nieve.

El descenso se puede hacer por la misma senda de subida, volviendo al Coll de Fogueruix y descendiendo hasta el refugio. Durante el camino de regreso nos sorprendió una bonita nevada.


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sábado, 23 de diciembre de 2017

Pesebre de la Plaza de Sant Jaume de Barcelona. 2017

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El pesebre del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, en la plaza de Sant Jaume, es una de la tradiciones navideñas de la ciudad Condal. Este año, el pesebre ha sido diseñado por el arquitecto Jordi Dauder y está formado por 25 figuras de metacrilato que ilustran el nacimiento y otras escenas –entre ellas San José, la Virgen, el Niño Jesús, los tres Reyes Magos y el 'caganer'– .


Cada una de las 25 siluetas cuenta con leds para su propia iluminación, con diferentes grados de luz en función de la franja horaria. Los mástiles en los que se apoyan miden entre 3 y 7 metros de altura y plasman mensajes universales.

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domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2017

Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve Park | Long Beach CA

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The Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve is in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Less than two centuries ago, this area was surrounded by wetlands fed by the ocean and the Los Angeles River. By the early 1900s, the Port's creation altered landscape. Dredged and drained, the wetlands of Long Beach were reduced to remnants.



The Reserve was created in 1997 on land that was once ocean and later a boat launch ramp. Nowadays, it helps replace habitat lost to development at Rainbow Harbor. While it is only a fraction of Long Beach's original wetland, it offers a home for wildlife.

This protected natural zone is a great spot for bird-watching. You might see: egrets, herons, cormorants, ducks, pelicans and a variety of shorebirds.

This is an easy walk on level paved ground. The LA River Bike Path goes right around the perimeter of the park.



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sábado, 25 de noviembre de 2017

Mount Pinos Loop | Los Padres National Forest CA

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Mount Pinos is the highest peak in the Ventura County, reaching an elevation of 8,847 feet (2,697 m). Its located in the southern portion of the Los Padres National Forest. The Mount Pinos trail begins on the left side of the Chula Vista parking lot.

The trail climbs gradually through a pine forest until it reaches a big meadow. Here you can leave the track on the left and continue to the edge of the cliff. You will be stunned by the amazing panoramic views all around.


Go back to the track and walk across the meadow into a forest where the trail picks up again. A little further ahead appears another meadow where you can see the radio towers atop Mount Pinos. The peak is relative flat and  less forested than the surrounded area. The Mount Pinos area offers incredible views that include the San Joaquin Valley to the north, the Tehachapis to the east, and the Carrizo Plain and Temblor Mountains to the northwest.

The Mount Pinos is known as Iwihinmu by the indiginous Chumash people. It was considered the center of the world (Liyikshup).

Mount Pinos

Mount Pinos


Now we headed towards the Condor Observation Site about a quarter-mile east. The Mount Pinos entire area was home to the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). Captive breeding programs have reintroduced this bird back to its native territory. Unfortunately, we did not see a California Condor on our hike.

Condor Observation Site

You can return to the parking lot by backtracking or improvising a cross-country walk through the forest just like we did.

Plenty of chipmunks live in these woods. They are easily identified by their tiny size and pattern of stripes running down their head and back.



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viernes, 24 de noviembre de 2017

Fishbowls and Cedar Creek Loop Trail | Los Padres National Forest CA

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This is a loop trail in the Sespe Wilderness which is a section of Los Padres National Forest (California). We started at Fishbowls Trailhead where there is a place to leave the car next to the Grade Valley Road.

From the Fishbowls Trailhead, the Fishbowls Trail climbs over a small hill before descent towards Piru Creek. The footpath follows Piru Creek upstream and leads through some rich scenery plenty of huge pines. After hiking around 6 miles, the route arrives at the  Fishbowls campground.

Piru Creek

Piru Creek

We left the Fishbowls campgroung behind and the pathway climbs up a ridge, moving away from Piru Creek as it makes its way towards Cedar Creek Trail. This part of the route offers some expansive panoramic views of countryside around.

The southern part of the Fishbowls Trail is more mountainous and reaches an elevation of 1,776 meters at its highest point. 


About 1.5 miles from Fishbowls campground, the way arrives at the intersection with Cedar Creek Trail. The path on the left leads to Cedar Creek campground.

The Cedar Creed Trail is named for the California incense cedars that grow in the area.

The Cedar Creek Trail continues downstream for another 2.5 miles before reaching the Cedar Creek Trailhead, near the Grade Valley Road. From here we returned to Fishbowls Trailhead turning left, and continuing along the road.

Cedar Creek Trail


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jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

San Guillermo Mountain | Los Padres National Forest CA

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San Guillermo Mountain is located in Los Padres National Forest (California). To make this hike you must drive to the Pine Spring campground where is the trailhead.

From the parking area you must hike southwest following cairns and the occasional pieces of colored tape hanging from tree branches. A short distance later, you must left the creek bed and climb up to the top of a ridge. This is not the main summit, but from here the highest point of the San Guillermo Mountain is now visible to the northwest.

With a little luck, you might see local fauna like deers.


The path goes down and then ascend through a burnt hillside of San Guillermo Mountain. At the top of this 2,013-meter summit the view is great. You can admire the impressive expanse of the Sespe Wilderness and the sandy ridges about Wagon Road Canyon Park.

San Guillermo Mountain

Sespe Wilderness

Wagon Road Canyon Park

You can return back the way you came or follow another path like we did. The trail is not signposted, and we had to guide ourselves with offline Google Maps. However, we found soon a dry creek that took us again to the Pine Spring campground.


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