Gallinero Trail

Benasque

A gorgeous high alpine singletrack leads to an extended, technical descent.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
15 km
Ascent
212 m
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
917 m
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
13˚
Gallinero Trail Map

The Gallinero Trail begins with a stunningly-beautiful high alpine traverse high above the valley of Benasque... if you utilize a shuttle. Narrow bench cut singletrack traverse through the alpine before the route turns sharply downhill.

Description

Once the descent begins in earnest, "rocky, switchbacked singletrack high above tree line, filled with boulders, eventually dropped into a steep section of red, rippled slickrock slabs, hiding optional cliff drop lines and a true playground of obstacles," according to an article on Singletracks.com.

Eventually the singletrack drops back into the trees, but the technical character only gets more intimidating. Root-infested switchbacks require technical mastery to clear, and the high speed ripping through the trees on narrow singletrack is extremely challenging.

For those who are up to the challenge, though, the Gallinero Trail is undoubtedly a must-ride. According to Nathan Powell, a guide for TrackMTB, "you’ll find everything on this trail, from high alpine plains, fast flowy singletrack, hairy technical sections, and woody dirt goodness."

Sources: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/5-mountain-bike-trails-in-the-spanish-pyrenees-you-need-to-ride-before-you-die/5/ https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/experts-pick-best-mountain-bike-trails-world-country/6/

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Shuttle-run
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

Equipment required

Guidebooks in this area