Tagamanent from the wells of the Avencó de Aiguafreda
Dominating the Congost, the Tagamanent is a small hill that juts out from the ridge that descends from the Pla de la Calma. Although with a track we can practically reach the top, we look for a longer alternative by climbing through the shade and enjoying the scenery of this environment of the Montseny Natural Park.
Difficulty: medium. No special difficulties. If we follow the GR-5 it is well signposted and has no loss.
Difference in altitude : 683 m of positive gradient
Time: between 3h20 'and 4h according to rhythm and stops
Kilometers: 12 km
Variants: The fastest option to climb the Tagamanent is from the Collet de Sant Martí, in which it will take us about 15 minutes to the top. It can also be easily done from the Bellver's mas-restaurant (30-35 min). If we want to do a longer simple option, you can do the Tagamanent from Collformic by Plan de la Calma (22 km round trip). Finally, we could also go up the PR-C 213 from Figaró or lengthen the route that we take back in Aiguafreda through the Carena de Fondrats.
Access: From Granollers we take the C-17 towards Vic. We leave the C-17 through the southern access to Aiguafreda and just at the same exit, we turn right towards the Avencó neighborhood. We continue down the street until we reach the restaurant, camping and recreation area of Las Encinas de Avencó, where there is a parking lot right next to the Las Encinas area and the Avencó ice wells. If we come from Vic, we will enter Aiguafreda from the north and cross the town to the detour of the Barrio del Avencó.
We left the car in the Encinas area, where there are several tables. We started walking along the path that goes to the Pozo Grande de Avencó, where we quickly arrived. 100 years ago, our country was much colder than it is today and gave rise to places as low as this used to store ice.
We skirt the well and continue along the path that rises gently in the middle of the oak forest. Soon we will see a first old GR mark and shortly after we will find a fork in the road. We avoid what goes straight ahead and follow the one that goes up to our left (more beaten). Shortly after, we will find another deviation in the form of a small path that connects to a forest track (on our right). Whether we take this shortcut to the right or continue to go up ahead, we will reach the same forest track, a bit higher.
We go up this track in a south-west direction. The entire ascent coincides with the GR-5 that goes to Collet de Sant Martí and Pla de la Calma. We will always follow the indications of this GR until the Collet de Sant Martí, just at the foot of the top of the Tagamanent. We will find stakes with the GR-5 signs and also some that indicate the Matagalls-Montserrat (with greenish-white and red marks, such as GR) and the roads of the Verdaguer route.
After about ten minutes of following the track, and after a curve to the right, we will find a path where the GR deviates to our left and takes a path (the ICC map of the Camino de Puig-agudo). We now continue along a path going up through oak and white pine forest, with sections where part of the branches has been cleared. In fact, during this stretch of ascent, we will cross 3 forest tracks used for logging.
Higher up, and after skirting a fallen tree (as of December 2019), we will arrive at a crossroads. At this point, we take the one that comes out in front of us to the left and goes up in a south-west direction (marked with GR marks). We keep going up this track to a curve where we leave it and we keep going up along a wide path that runs through clay and cobblestone terrain. Later, the path becomes a path and we find some red crosses in some holm oaks. We ignore these signs and continue on the path above (later the GR signs confirm that we are going in the right direction).
After about 8-10 minutes, we will arrive at the foot of some high voltage cables, which we will continue for a few meters until we reach a fork in the tracks, just shortly before the ruined house of Puig-agudo. At this point, we turn left and go up to the ruins of the Puig-agudo house. This section is a little more open than the forest and allows us to glimpse the Tagamanent hill, before us, although a little distant.
From the Mas de Puig-agudo, we continue along a forest track in good condition. Just past the house, we ignore a detour on the left. After about 5-8 minutes after we follow the track, we will find a detour on the left where the path continues with GR marks (if we continued on the track, only what we would do is turn around).
The trail is still characterized by clay soil and several stone slabs. We cross the forest track a bit higher and for a short section we go parallel to the track until we are back higher (going down, you will see that we have done this bit on the track and not on the trail).
Now we continue along the forest track for about 100 meters on the right hand side and we turn left again along the path marked by the GR-5. A bit higher we will meet a track again but we continue along the marked path towards the Tagamanent.
From this point we continue to practically the iris hill without leaving this clay and cobblestone path that goes up progressively almost always with a constant slope. There is only a small point where we pass by a bend in a forest trail, but the green stakes with the GR signs are obvious and prevent any loss. A bit higher, we will see the Tagamanent hill above us.
We follow the last meters of the path until we reach the Iris Pass. Up here we could have got there by car but, certainly, the route would not have been so charming! From here, we make the last stretch of climb up to the castle and the hermitage of Santa María de Tagamanent through a perfectly paved path and skill for anyone who wants to climb. This section is no longer part of the GR-5 but has orange signs and PR-C 213.
The ascent path makes a couple of curves along the southern slope of the mountain to save the almost one hundred meters of unevenness that separate us from the top. Once up, a panoramic view of the Congost, the Cingles de Bertí and, beyond, Sant Llorenç del Munt and Montserrat opens up. We also see the entire valley plain up to Collserola. Towards the other side, we guess some peaks of the Pre-Pyrenees. The exterior of the church has been recently restored and looks especially renovated and beautiful.
We descend the top to the Collet iris and make a last approach to the Mas Bellver to have a good panoramic view of the top of the Tagamanent. We make this small climb along a perfectly beaten path that coincides again with the GR-5 marks and with orange signs (which indicate the route that goes from Bellver to the top of the Tagamanent).
From the Bellver farmhouse we contemplate the views of the surroundings and take the opportunity to visit this farmhouse converted into a restaurant and where you will surely be able to enjoy great local cuisine.
To return, we undo the path to the Collet iris and, immediately afterwards, we went down to Aiguafreda following the same path up through the GR-5 to the Avencó ice wells.
Image and text authoring: Sergi Boixader