Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
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. 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/