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Pedraforca is a mountain in the Pre-Pyrenees, located in the comarca of Berguedà. The mountain's rare 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 Catalonia.

Pedraforca
Pedraforca.jpg
The name of Pedraforca alludes to its forked shape
Highest point
Elevation2,506.4 m (8,223 ft)
Prominence654 metres (2,146 ft)
Isolation5.2 kilometres (3.2 mi)
Coordinates42°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
Naming
English translationStone Pitchfork
Language of nameCatalan
Geography
LocationBerguedà, Catalonia
Parent rangePyrenees
Climbing
Easiest routeClimb

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DescriptionEdit

The mountain has a 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] while the secondary peak, el Calderer is 2,496.4 m high. The ridge below, Pollegó Inferior is 2,444.8 m tall, while Enforcadura's highest point lies at 2,356.2 m.

LocationEdit

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.

SignificanceEdit

 
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 fame has made Pedraforca a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers, as well as being used by the comarca of Berguedà in its coat of arms.

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