The Peak of Puigmal (Catalan pronunciation: [ˌpudʒˈmal]), also called Puigmal d'Er, is a mountain in the Pyrenees, in the Spanish-French border, within the limits of the municipality of Queralbs and the commune of Err. Its summit is 2,909.6 metres (9,546 ft) above sea level, one of the highest peaks in the eastern Pyrenees.[1] Puigmal d'Err is near the west end of a fine ridge over 2500m high for 16 km. The west half is composed of friable metasediments (schists) which break down to form smooth slopes, and so give easy walking. The east half is of tougher gneiss and forms spiky alpine scenery with sharp crests and some difficult places. Several excellent circuits can be made from Nuria. The plateau summit of Puigmal d'Err is split for several hundred metres by a bold scarp, in places over 20 metres high, with the eastern half having slipped bodily towards Nuria. This is clearly seen on GoogleEarth. Several other crests in this range are likewise split.[2]

Puigmal d'Err
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Highest point
Elevation2,910 m (9,550 ft)
Prominence1,331 m (4,367 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Isolation25.77 km (16.01 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
to Carlit Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates42°23′00″N 02°07′00″E / 42.38333°N 2.11667°E / 42.38333; 2.11667Coordinates: 42°23′00″N 02°07′00″E / 42.38333°N 2.11667°E / 42.38333; 2.11667
Puigmal is located in Pyrenees
Location in the Pyrenees
Puigmal is located in Pyrenees
Main roads and railway network. The summit of the Peak of Puigmal (2,910m) is a landmark of the French-Spanish border
LocationPyrénées-Orientales, France
Catalonia, Spain
Parent rangePyrenees
Easiest routeStation d'Err ski resort 1971m (France); Nuria 1972m, or new road from Queralbs to 2000m (Spain) - all easy in a short day (Nuria is finest approach).

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  1. ^ Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya.
  2. ^ Jarman David, Calvet Marc, Corominas Jordi, Delmas Magali, Gunnell Yanni 2014 Geografiska Annaler A96 357-391 Large-scale rock slope failures in the Eastern Pyrenees