Gurb's Cross Hill from Sant Andreu de Gurb
If La Mola is the peak of the people who live in Terrassa and Collbaix, that of Manresa, those of Vic when they want to go to a summit to do sport in their day-to-day life, this is, without a doubt, the Hill of the Gurb's Cross. This watchtower rises 300 meters above the Plana de Vic and offers a wide panoramic view of the capital of Osona and its surroundings. Whether to get out of the fog or to get to know this neuralgic place of the Vic, the Hill of the Cross in Gurb is a small oxygenating getaway.
Difficulty: low. Only to highlight the rise and fall slope, quite strong (but not very long)
Vertical drop : 278 m vertical drop
Time: between 1h30 'and 2h according to rhythm and stops
Kilometers: 5.8 km
Variants: There are multiple trails to climb the Cruz de Gurb from the corner of Sant Andreu de Gurb and from the Vilafreser map. It can also be done from the other side, along the shady slope, following PR-C 41 from Sant Julià Sassoba or by roads from Sant Cristòfol de Vespella.
Access: Coming from the south, on the C-17 at Vic / Gurb, we take exit 62 towards BV-4601 towards Gurb / Sant Bartomeu. We pass the side of the link between the C-25 and the C-17 and come to a couple of roundabouts that cross the C-25 above. We take the BV-4601 towards Sant Bartomeu. We follow this road for 1 km until we find a detour on the left that goes to the parish of Sant Andreu de Gurb.
Route: We leave the car in one of the parking lots near the Sant Andreu de Gurb church.
During the first section of the approach to the top, it will seem that we will avoid it since we will skirt it until we look for the ascent on the southern slope. In any case, we will be following the marks of the PR-C 41 (San Andrés de Gurb Trail) for 2 kilometers planning for these surroundings of Sant Andreu de Gurb.
We start walking towards the church of Sant Andreu de Gurb and we skirt it on the left (on the east side). Next, we continue to the right along an asphalt track until we get close to some farms that we will surround below. The track is no longer paved and we continue on to another farm where we turn right (indicated by the PR marks).
We are making our way between cultivated fields and stretches of forest, always heading South. After about 10 minutes, the path turns 180 degrees, heading west, and we take a path (signs for the PR) to avoid passing by the Camprodon house.
Shortly after, we turn onto a track to our right (westbound) and leave the PR. This track will bring us closer to the southern slope of Cerro de la Cruz de Gurb. We pass by the side of the house in El Verdeguer and continue to the front of the Vilafreser house. At this point, we turn right and take an asphalt track to the front of the access to the Sant Jaume de Vilafreser farmhouse.
Right at this point, a path comes out on the left and we start the ascent to the Hill of the Cross in Gurb. Little by little the slope increases to a small landing with a signpost (waypoint "signpost") where we turn to our right, towards the Gurb Castle (which in fact is what gives the hill its name). Shortly after, we will find another signpost and now we continue along the path on the left that goes straight up to the top.
We will continue the ascent with a steep slope to the top doing some zigzags. We will see that there are multiple trails to get there and we will see the ruins of the old castle above.
We reached the top and enjoyed the good views of the entire flat of Vic that are offered from this privileged watchtower. If we go around Christmas, we will find a huge cross that lights up at night and can be seen from practically the entire flat of Vic.
Apart from the views of the plain, we will also see the peaks that close it to the east (Matagalls, Les Agudes, Cabrera, Aiats, Puigsacalm...); the summits of the Eastern Pyrenees (Puigmal, Bastiments...) and even some of the Berguedà, such as the Rasos de Peguera or the Pedraforca.
To go down, we will now follow the path that goes down the shade, with a steep slope and vigilant not to slip with the leaves if it is wet. We arrive at a signpost where we turn right, towards Sant Andreu de Gurb and we resume the PR-C 41 again.
We go down gradually until we get back down on the plain. We will arrive at some speed bumps as a result of the erosion of the blue marls called Terressos del Puig and del Tiro. In fact, we will meet along the way, but these are quite spectacular. At this point, we will return to a forest track to our right and, shortly after, a path that goes down to Sant Andreu de Gurb through the Enchanted Forest and Fuente del Puig area.
The last section of the road we do through this place where we find the Source and the Torrent del Puig and the Enchanted Forest area, where we find several animals made of wood and some trees with the sign of the species that are, ideal to learn what they are the trees that we have in our surroundings. A good end point to a quick and original circular.
Authors photographs and text: Sergi Boixader