Thursday May 8th.
S’Esclop (the Clog) lies at the southernmost end of the Serra de Tramuntana and was one of the few peaks on the island that we had not climbed. Although only 927m the walk is on little used paths and is rated medium – high in degree of difficulty.
We started at point K97 on the C-710 and followed the signposts for Galatzo walking along a clear trail as far as a water tank. We passed some houses that had been restored as a refuge and then made our way up the valley of Coma d’en Vidal. After crossing a wall we continued on to a threshing floor from where we could see the steep summit cliffs ahead of us. A 100m scramble over boulders and along grassy rakes took us to the summit. We ate our lunch in the ruins of a hut used by Francois Arago, a French mathematician who measured the Grenwich meridian from here in 1808.
We climbed back down to the coll and then made our way down a steep, slippery overgrown path past the Font des Quer. The path was partially blocked with gorse bushes and carritx grass making it very hard going. After 800m of descent and struggling to cross a river bed we came to locked gates and a sign " Prohibido del passo"
It would have been impossible to climb back up so we had to find a way down through almond groves to our car parked near to the restaurant Es Grau and the Mirador de Ricard Roca.
If they want to block access why not put a sign at the top of the path!
Another tiring day.