Taga: A 30km hike through foggy mountains and small villages
Today I woke up at 5:30am to do one of the most intense hikes I’ve ever done - 30km, including a mountain peak!
I found the route on Wikiloc. It starts at Ribes de Freser, a small town. From here, it ascends to Taga, a 2000m peak (this seemed like the most difficult part of the hike - a 1000m+ elevation gain, straight up, no flat areas). Afterwards, the route descends to Ogassa, a miner village. From here it follows an old road that the miners used in the past. Finally, it takes me to another city - Ripoll, where I can catch the train back to Barcelona.
So, I got up at 5:30am (crazy early for me!) to prepare food and pack my backpack as usual.
I took the first train to Ribes de Freser, at 7:15. I enjoyed the train ride - the landscape looked beautiful in the foggy morning light.
I got off at Ribes de Freser around 9:15. It felt great to be here. The air was so fresh. I got a coffee and sat down on a bench to eat my breakfast.
Around 10:00, I started the hike.
It was a nice trail, winding through dewy grassy fields. There were cows. And lots of strawberries! I picked handfuls, and ate them on the spot.
Soon the trail led me into a forest. A mossy, green, fairytale forest. I loved it! I was walking uphill but I didn’t feel tired at all.
After an hour or so, the forest gave way to a high altitude meadow, covered in yellow flowers. I could see Ribes de Freser way below me. In the far distance, Puigmal was hiding behind the clouds.
I kept walking uphill through the meadows.
Just before I reached the summit, the weather changed. Fog started coming in. It was very windy. Soon I couldn’t see further than a couple of meters away.
I kept following the trail. I heard bells and mountain cows appeared out of the fog. It felt very surreal.
And finally... After 3 hours of uphill hiking... At 13:15... I reached Taga!
It was totally foggy, so I couldn’t see anything.
I was a bit a disappointed, but happy that I made it up the peak.
I took a short break here. Originally, I had planned to eat my lunch here, but it was too cold and windy for that. So I didn't stay long. I met some other hikers who took my picture at the peak.
Then I continued. It was time to descend on the other side of the peak.
It was pretty weird walking through this fog, seeing only the path under my feet. I wondered what the landscape looked like. I could see grass, so I imagined another grassy meadow, like on the way up. I could still hear bells, so I imagined there's lots of cows around me.
Finally, I found the sign that points to Ogassa - my next destination - and headed that way. It was a rocky and steep descent.
Halfway through, the fog slowly cleared, and I saw the landscape. I was walking down a huge grassy hill, as I suspected.
Now I was descending into a forest. I was walking along a nice little stream.
Around 3pm, I reached an Ermita (a stone building where a hermit used to live). Here I sat down to eat my lunch - I was starving.
The steep, rocky trail ended here, and an asphalt road began.
I finished my lunch in 15 minutes, then I continued. I didn’t want to take too long - Ripoll (the next city, where I can take the train back home) was still very far away.
The asphalt road was nice and easy, compared to the rocky trail. I saw more cows, meadows and forest on the way down.
Around 4pm, I reached Ogassa. This village was tiny. I didn't see any people. It felt a bit eerie, with the foggy mountains in the background.
A bit further down I found a small, mossy waterfall. It was pretty.
Soon I found the “Iron road” trail. This is an old road that was used by the miners in the past. It was going to take me to Ripoll - the next city.
On the way, I saw an old cement factory, which was interesting.
I also stopped at a nice waterfall - Malatosca. It was beautiful - turquoise water and lush vegetation. It gave me Bali vibes.
After the waterfall, the road was flat a kinda repetitive. The next 2 hours were the most boring part of this hike. There were a couple of interesting things, like old tunnels.
I made it to Ripoll just on time! I was at the train station exactly 10 minutes before the last train.
I got home around 22:30 and immediately made dinner, then passed out in bed. I was exhausted.
I enjoyed this adventure a lot :)