Serra de Tramuntana. Cúber Reservoir and its Three Thousand

We get ready to do the mythical route of the Serra de Tramuntana of Mallorca. The Tres Mils (Sa Rateta, Na Franquesa and L’Ofre) from the Cúber reservoir, which is located at the highest point in the whole system, at the foot of the Cúber mountain range.

We parked in the Cúber car park as we had just landed and by the time we got to the other two closest to the swamp we were already full. We start walking flat on the Cúber reservoir, leaving it on our right, until we reach the dam wall. Where we go down following the path of the pipe passing by the Pas de sa Foradada and going down by crossing the Torrent d’Almedrà. It does not carry water as it rises in the reservoir and is just below the dam.

We continue up the pipe but be careful to turn left along the Camí des Nevaters, marked by blue dots on the stones. Certainly these blue marks will accompany us all the way out until we return to the reservoir.

The first Mil we do is the Puig de sa Raqueta Nord of 1,113 meters above sea level. And unfortunately we do not have the beautiful views of the swamp as today is a cloudy day and we are in the middle of the fog.

We descend to the elevation of 1000 meters above sea level to climb the second mile of the route. The Puig de Na Franquesa of 1,067 meters above sea level. That’s like the first one. We don’t see anything in the fog either.

We go down to the Coll dels Cards where the clouds open and we can see its meadow between the stone fences that delimit the different properties. We continue following the blue dots that lead us to the third hill. The latter is more wooded, as the other two were large masses of limestone. And we reach the summit of Puig de l’Ofre at 1,091 meters above sea level. The lowest of the three.

We descend between pines with clearly Mediterranean terrain. And that takes us to the 889 m Coll d’en Poma. Then we continue almost flat to the Coll de l’Ofre. Easily identifiable by its large iron cross (Creu de la Pau), on a pile of stones and where the marks of the GR-221 Ruta de Pedra en Sec begin. And that takes us to the Pantà del Cúber parallel to the Torrent de l’Ofre and we return to the car park leaving the swamp on the right.

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Total distance: 16331 m
Max elevation: 1118 m
Total climbing: 897 m

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