Coll de Pal (Baga)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Baga 2,080m 1,235m 19.0 km 6.5% 918 *****

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Climb Description

Coll de Pal is one of the highest roads in Catalonia, and one of the most enjoyable cycling climbs in the region. It follows a quiet road which winds through the beautiful scenery of the Catalan Pyrenees and offers stunning views throughout its near 20km. There is a small ski area at the top of the climb, but it is unobtrusive and blends into the scenery well, unlike many of the ghastly resort towns in the Alps.

The gradients are consistently challenging, with one kilometre averaging 10%; but they are also steady, allowing you to get into a nice rhythm. This is one of our favourite climbs in Catalonia and it is somewhat of a surprise that it has not yet been included in the Vuelta a España.

In short; if you are in the area, this should be one of the first mountains that you look to climb.

Coll de Pal is in theory open throughout the year. The area does get a lot of snow in winter which may close the road temporarily, but it is often cleared as far as the ski area. The descent, however, is very cold in winter and we would only recommend doing the climb from late March to November.

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition and there is very little traffic on the climb.

We strongly recommend not to ride on the busy C-16 road to get to the town of Baga. It is very unpleasant for cycling and can be avoided by taking smaller side roads.

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Coll de Pal by road. The road does continue over the top of the pass for another 1.5km before turning into a track, which is not suitable for a road bike.

Nearby Climbs

La Creueta

Collada de Toses

Coll de Pradell

La Vansa

Port del Compte

Coll de Canes

Cycling Holidays

We do not currently run any cycling holidays in this part of the Catalan Pyrenees. However, if you would like to customize an itinerary in the region, please contact us and we would happy to organize a trip for you.

You may also be interested in some of our other tours below, both in the Pyrenees and elsewhere in Catalonia.

Cava Vineyards
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,680 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Medieval Villages of Catalonia
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,530 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,530 EUR
*Bike Hire Included