Moving time  2 hours 12 minutes

Time  3 hours 46 minutes

Coordinates 3374

Uploaded June 18, 2018

Recorded June 2018

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5,357 f
721 f
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4.1
8.2
16.44 mi

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near Santa Fe del Montseny, Catalunya (España)

So you made it to the top of Turo de l'home on your mountain bike. Now what?
Well, if you don't want to head back the way you came, then there are really only a couple of options, none of them for the faint-hearted.
This one takes you down the north face of the mountain, past the Santa Fe Reservoir, to the town of Gualba and finally to Sant Esteve de Palautordera, and can be loosely divided in 4 downhill chapters plus a longish asphalt-ride from Gualba to Palautordera.
1: The first 2.5km is very technical, steep and rocky. Varied terrain, but with constant challenges. Some sections let you build up speed, but take care, some of these sections end in sudden drops over outcropping roots and rock.
2: After that, things mellow out for 3 km or so, and you weave through forest, mostly picking out your own trail between the well spaced trees, (keep a look out for the rocky sections), with a couple of short distances over asphalt. This takes you as far as the reservoir, where you might want to stop for a while to take in the view.
3: From the reservoir there's about 5km of varied trail, sometimes in the forest, sometimes more open. The ground varies a lot, sometimes muddy and loose where the trail crosses the stream, sometimes firm dirt with some rocks and roots, sometimes gravel, sometimes very rocky. This section lets you build up some good speed, as long as you keep an eye out for loose (and not so loose) rocks. Enjoy the flow while you can, because the next section will slow you down to a crawl.
4: The next 2km feel more like 10. This is extremely technical "trail", crawling down over extremely inclined rock-slabs, rock-gardens, deep ruts, root-mayhem, loose stones, grabby branches and every kind of evil the mountain can throw at you. Many places have multiple line-choices, but most of them are between "extremely hard" and "borderline impossible".
Enjoy!
5: You made it down. Congratulations :) If you're going to Gualba, then you've basically arrived. If, like me, you're going to Sant Esteve de Palautordera, then you have a longish but comfortable ride on wide trail and mostly asphalt still to go.
Summit

Starting point

Follow the signs towards "Santa Fe", with the white and yellow line.
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Loose rocky trail

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Larger rock formations

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Navigating rocks

fountain

Fountain (and tricky trail)

Take care, the trail passes just above the fountain, narrow and exposed. I'm not sure of the quality of the water here...
Intersection

Keep following the signs for Santa Fe

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Rocky descent

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Flowy forest

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Sudden stop

Don't trust the flowy forest trail. It is punctuated with dangerous rocks and roots
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Yes, roots!

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Rock garden

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Loose rock flow

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Who said 'roots'?

Parking

Out of the woods (momentarily)

Parking space and asphalt road.
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Asphalt road

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Back into the forest

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Back onto the road

Getting back onto the asphalt again for a short while
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Bit of asphalt road

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Back into the forest again

Just after this sign there's a parking space on your left. This is where you head back into the forest again
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Forest trail continues here

Finally off the road
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Flowy forest

Pick your own trail.
Lake

Arriving at the Santa Fe reservoir

Lake

Santa Fe reservoir

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Beginning of the 'Desaigua' trail

This next section crosses the stream multiple times. Be ready to get wet and muddy.
Dead-end street

Wrong way!

Oops, dead-end. Should have taken a left at the last fork
Intersection

This way!

The trail goes down to the left here, running straight on top of the stream for a while, then parallel to it.
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Nice, flowy forest

Follow the signs towards "Gualba"
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Crossing the stream

Trail crosses the stream a few times.
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Rocky!

Bumpy ride.
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Why the trail is called 'Desaigua'

The trail mostly follows the drainage tubes, and the natural water flow from the reservoir.
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Next to the pipes.

I got a flat here. Seems to have been a pinch flat. Look out for those sharp rocks!
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Single-track

Flowy and fun single-track section
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Follow the trail to the right.

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On top of the pipe

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Let the crazy begin

This is where the track starts to follow the natural rock-formations carved out of the rock by the water draining from the reservoir. Get ready for some slow and seriously technical descent
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Dirt rut

panorama

Cool view

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Rock canal

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Roooocks

Looking up from below. Line choice goes each way around the bush in the center of image. Either "super steep and down onto the rocks", or "over a bunch of rocks and then down onto the rocks" The "Desaigua" section of trail has many spots like this.
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Under the pipes

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Rock slab fun

Yes, you come down from the top of this. No way around it.
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More rock fun

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Another big rock

No way around this one either
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More rocks

This section has a few line choices, all of them nasty.
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Rocks, rocks, rocks.

panorama

Nice view

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End of 'El Desaigua'

This is where the craziness finally ends. The next section is over wide trail, which feels like a 4 lane highway after the descent you just did.
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Heading back

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Asphalt road from here to Mosqueroles

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Asphalt - Boring but comfy

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