Coll de Pal, an amazing hidden gem in the Catalan Pyrenees
Coll de Pal is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.109m (6,919ft) above the sea level, located in the comarca of Berguedà, in Catalonia, Spain.
Located within the Serra de Moixeró mountain range, the road to the summit is paved. It’s called BV-4024. It’s a monster climb. Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The weather is very changeable and storms are quite frequent. The pass has been climbed by the Setmana Catalana bicycle race.
By the southern side, the road to the summit is 19.4km long, starting from Baga. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1235 meters. The average gradient is 6.5%. Nevertheless, there are many passages at 11%, 12%, and 13%. The toughest slopes are also quite near the bottom, two kilometres averaging over 9% and including the toughest gradients, of 12 and 13%, coming in the first half of the climb. By the northern side, the road to the summit is unpaved. Starting from La Molina, the road is 7.3 km long.