This route allows us to observe the majestic walls to the south of the Penyagolosa peak.
The circular to the peak is a continuation of the Red Route of the Barranc de la Pegunta. The “Pegunta Gorge” route begins in the car park of the forest nurseries, next to Sant Joan de Penyagolosa’s hermitage and crosses the natural micro-reserve of flora of the Pegunta until the “Banyadera” and el “Corralico”. The beginning of the route is in “el Corralico”. We start walking along a track that leads us to the mas de la Cambreta (right), which runs without too much difference in a south-westerly direction. At this point, it visibly descends between pine trees (Pinus pinaster), which indicate a marked change in soil composition. When the forest track makes the first zig-zag in its descent towards the Carbo, it will be time to leave it, we will enter seventy meters in the forest to make our first stop.
1st stop At “la nevera”, a 17th century building that served as a snow deposit, with which, once transformed into ice, it was traded in the towns of the Castellón plain for use in soft drinks and in the conservation of fish.
Back towards the track and, a few meters before reaching it, we take the path that goes down the southwest slope of the peak. We find numerous shrub species, including the forest rose (Rosa canina) and the hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). In this way and without leaving the path, in fifteen minutes we reach a forest track.
2nd stop Following it we soon reach the beautiful “Fuente del Paso” (natural spring). It’s waters rise from inside a terrace through a deep gap in the stone wall. From this place we see the Penyagolosa farmhouse surrounded by fields, remnants of life from other times.
After five minutes we reach the end of the track, at this point there are two paths, we take the one on the left, which takes us on a gentle ascent to the “cantal de Miquelet”, a wide hill that connects the Penyagolosa with the “Golosilla” and offers us a new panoramic view.
3rd stop With a pleasant five-minute descent we reach a point where we can only feel dominated by the majestic south wall of the 200 m Penyagolosa, streaked with red and ocher tones of the different layers of limestone that form it. From here, the path runs smoothly between cadets (Juniperus oxicedrus), black junipers (Juniperus phoenicea), juniper (Juniperus thurifera), holm oaks (Quercus ilex), pine needles (Pinus nigra) and thyme aromatics (Thymus vulgaris). , the sajolida (Satureja montana) and the lavender (Lavandula latifolia).
After forty minutes of walking we find a robust dry stone embankment that will accompany us to the foot of a cut that gives shelter to two coats or balms.
4th stop These balms known as les “coves del Sastre” (Tailor’s Caves) serve as a refuge for livestock. They are natural shelters enclosed with a dry stone wall to protect themselves from summer storms, snow or the strong midday sun. The trail continues without too much effort up to the neck.
5th stop From the “Pla de la Creu” pass we have a beautiful panorama with the town of Xodos in the background. This pass is one of the linguistic borders of our territory, the northern slope (mas de Torreter) of Valencian speech and the southern slope (mas del Collado) of Spanish speech.
From here we take the PRV-79 that goes up to the Fraga Glacier and following the signs for a path parallel to the forest track we arrive again at the “Corralico” passing by the “font Trobada”.