The wild road to Collade des Roques Blanches

Collade des Roques Blanches is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.260m (7,414ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France, near the border with Spain and the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

Collade des Roques Blanches

The road to reach the summit is extreme. It starts asphalted from Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste. Starting from this town, the ascent is 24.3 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.517 meters and the average percentage is 6.2 %.
This road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. It starts quite easily in Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, with slopes that doesn't go above 7 % in the first quarter of the climb. Then it comes a 4-kilometer section at over 8.5 % average, this bumps up the difficulty quite a bit, requiring more effort. The road then tightens and gets in a less optimal condition up to the Col des Basses, with 6 more kilometers averaging 5.5 %. The last 6km are unpaved, climbing up to Coll des Molles too, with a final part averaging 7.5 with 11-12 % short stretches, on dirt and rocks.