Peaks with stars

From the hermitage of Sant Jeroni to the top of La Picossa in Móra d’Ebre

Technical data

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Introduction to the route

How come there are mountains that are more than mountains? Because humans are symbolic animals. To order the world and communicate, we package and compress meanings into artifacts that can only be opened by those with access keys. That is, we create symbols, seemingly simple elements, but which are full of meaning for those who share the codes. Thus, a mountain that for many could go unnoticed, for others, is part of their lives and their identity.

At the end of 1929, within the Democratic Instructional Center of Móra d’Ebre, La Picossa was born, an excursionist association with an essentially cultural and discovery vocation. This is also the name of a mountain that, from the population, has a slender and attractive silhouette. Beauty and uniqueness are common elements in the construction of symbols. It is not surprising, then, that Sant Jeroni, the most popular hermitage in the municipality and much of the region, was built at its feet.

The first “official” excursion was the ascent to its summit, as well as the first in 2001, once the association was recovered. For hikers in Móra d’Ebre, this is “their” mountain, an intimate space and, at the same time, an intense route. A space surrounded by fields and towns, but which retains a strong personality. The views from the backpack where the sculpture of a large star was installed are unbeatable.

Map and tracks


Recommended map

La Picossa. Ribera d’Ebre 1:20.000 Ed. Piolet

Route description

The route starts in front of the hermitage of Sant Jeroni (1) (not to be confused with the largest one, that of Santa Madrona). Go to the right, heading south, to find the Sant Jeroni ravine, following the white and red markings of the new GR 171 route. You will soon find the path, which immediately forks (2). Leave the main ravine and continue on the one on the left, which begins to climb. It is a mountain path, very clear and quite comfortable, which ends up connecting with the path that follows the main ridge (3). At this point you leave the GR marks that go to the right to find the track of Les Solanes. Go left, the summit is very close (4).

From the summit (499 m), the route descends to find the pass that separates it from the Estel backpack. To get there you have to cross a small air passage well equipped with a rope. Once on the pass (5), it is worth climbing the backpack to find the iron star that presides over the Picossa mountain (6). The views over this part of the Ribera d’Ebre are unbeatable. You return to the pass (5) and go down the solarium, following a very eroded path.

Continue under the Estel backpack until you reach the Solanes pass (7). On the left, the path that enters the shade leads to the Porca cave (8) and ends up at the Solanes track (9). Please note that from January 15 to June 15, crossing the Cova de la Porca path is prohibited in order to encourage the reproduction of a pair of eagles nesting on the cliff. Forest rangers are monitoring this scrupulously.

In this case, take the path on the right, which goes straight down to find the Solanes track (10). This other itinerary has its reward. When you reach the track, if you go a few meters in the opposite direction (on the right) you can admire the fantastic dry stone cistern next to the road. Then, just follow the track in a northerly direction to reach Sant Jeroni again (1).


From the summit (4), the route has some slightly aerial steps and steep and stony paths that can be uncomfortable for unaccustomed people. The alternative is to go back and, from point (3), follow the marks of the GR that goes down the ridge path to find the track of Les Solanes. Then turn left and after 2.8 km you reach Sant Jeroni. The canes are highly recommended.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. The route does not have directional signs. A section of the route, which ascends from Sant Jeroni to La Picossa, is marked in white and red by the GR, although it is very blurred for much of the route, especially at the beginning.

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