Pedraforca

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Pedraforca
Pedraforca.jpg
The name of Pedraforca alludes to its strange forked shape
Elevation 2,506.4 m (8,223 ft)
Translation Stone Pitchfork (Catalan)
Location
Location Berguedà, Catalonia, Spain
Range Pyrenees
Coordinates 42°14′13″N 1°41′49″E / 42.23694°N 1.69694°E / 42.23694; 1.69694Coordinates: 42°14′13″N 1°41′49″E / 42.23694°N 1.69694°E / 42.23694; 1.69694
Climbing
Easiest route Climb

Pedraforca is a mountain of the Pyrenees, located in the comarca of Berguedà. The mountain's unique form, along with the fact that it is not visibly connected to any other adjacent mountains or ridges, has made it one of the most famous and emblematic mountains in the autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain.

Description[edit]

The mountain has a very peculiar shape, composed of two parallel ridges (the pollegons) joined by a neck (the Enforcadura). The upper ridge, named Pollegó Superior, has an elevation of 2,506.4 m[1] with a secondary peak, el Calderer of 2,496.4 m. The ridge below, Pollegó Inferior is 2,444.8 m tall, while the Enforcadura's highest point lies at 2,356.2 m.

Location[edit]

Pedraforca

Located within the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, Pedraforca has been declared a Natural Site of National Interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya.[2]

The closest villages to Pedraforca are Gósol to the west and Saldes to the east. Pedraforca marks the boundary between the two municipalities, as well as between the provinces of Barcelona and Lleida. Nonetheless, both villages are part of the comarca of Berguedà.

Significance[edit]

Coat of Arms of Berguedà, featuring the mountain's forked peaks

Pedraforca is, along with the mountains of Montserrat and Canigó, one of the emblematic mountains of Catalonia. This notoriety has made Pedraforca a popular destination for hikers and rock-climbers, as well as being used by the comarca of Bergudà in its coat of arms and other logos.

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