Collado de Algueda

This little dessert summit seemed much higher to me than it actually is. Three factors play into this. First, a short very steep section made me work hard for the elevation. Second, the far views on the south side give the impression of a high vantage point. Third, the starting elevation is only 30 meters. And still - this is not a coastal summit. And besides, ... this was just an all around perfect day weather wise and picture wise.

I have used the pictures of panoramio and flickr contributors, as well as other web sites to illustrate this page. There are copyright notices and links  to all original pictures. My own pictures were on a computer, that was stolen at the train station Frankfurt Airport (model Acer Aspire One (serial# NUSGPAA01625101C947600F)

1.(00.0km,030m)START-END SOUTH: Albaterra
2.(11.1km,480m)TOP: Collado de Algueda
3.(13.3km,420m)profile turns right in Hondon de Los Frailes
4.(21.7km,360m)el Fondo de los Neus
5.(29.2km,250m)START-END NORTH: west side of Aspe


From South.
Before leaving Albaterra a choice of 2 supermarkets after the turnoff from the main road give a chance to stock up on food and liquid. This secondary road has hardly any cars on it. The junction is at a surprisingly low elevation, for being this far from the coast. The road heads straight for the alluvial fans of the Sierra Crevillent, which is the subject of the second picture (misidentified there as the Sierra Albatera). The road is surrounded by orchard trees and cactuses and ever improving views.

The best view is actually behind. The subject is the Sierra Orihuela (not the Sierra de Albatera as the first caption reads). This little range does not show up on many maps, but instead on countless photographs. I include two pictures of this view, that I found on the web. The first one is possibly a km off the profiled route (according to the panoramio map), and the last picture looks like one that I took on the approach to the pass. The only difference is, that I included a large grove of yucca cacti (or lookalikes) as foreground. Also - this was a perfectly clear day without the slightest hint of haze - perfect conditions for a dessert photo biking day.

Approaching the top the road becomes very steep for a short time and winds around an adventurous road cut to reach the top. Along the way are a few picturesque abondoned houses, that never seem to get photographed, well on their way to "staccato monuments to decay". The top changes the viewshed to a more gentle landscape of low dessert ridges to the north.

From North. An extremely short roll leads down to Hondon de los Frailes, a small vacation town with a laid back atmosphere and street restaurants, where people come on weekends to enjoy a slightly cooler mountain air and a main street free of cars. At this point the profile turns right and descends back into a valley on a less scenic road with more traffic. But it stays north of the line created by the Serra Crevillant. The slope here is much gentler.

A Day on a tour with this point as intermediate summit
is on page: Portell de Cati s(u)