Road trip guide: Conquering Pic del Maià

Pic del Maià is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.619m (8,592ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrenees in the Encamp parish of Andorra, near the French border. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Pic del Maià

This infamous gravel road to the summit is very bumpy. 4wd vehicle required. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. At the summit there’s a communication tower. This trail can be done only a very narrow time-frame in the summer. The road is pretty steep. Startinng from Port d'Envalira the ascent is 2.6 km long via 7 hairpin turns. Over this distance the elevation gain is 211 meters. The average gradient is 8.11%.
Pic: Keith Howell