GR3204 Pinos de Valle s(u)
This summit traverses along a ridge
between the Sierra Nevada and the coast. Like many
mountain roads in the area it has hardly any cars, more
curves than you might expect, and a great surface due to
generous EU infrastructure expenditures. I don't think the
aim of those funds was necessarily to better the life of
cyclists, but they certainly have a nice roads for that
NORTH: Rio Durcal crossing, just east of
2.(04.8km,710m)jct with other approach,
just above Pinos de Valle
3.(12.5km,830m)TOP: point of highest
4.(20.0km,330m)profile turns hard right,
before reaching Guajar-Fagaruit
5.(27.1km,100m)profile continues right on
wider road N323A
6.(39.3km,020m)START-END SOUTH: Salobrena
From North. The profile starts at
a bridge across the Rio Ducal o Izbor. It is the lowest
point on the profile on this side, but to get here you
probably have to ride down from higher points on N323A.
The map shows two obvious ways. The one I picked has a million turns
and impressive views of the Sierra Nevada.
Even when every detail of the Sierra de la Chaba
gleams in crystal clear sunshine, the Sierra
Nevada often still has its head stuck in the
clouds. But even on the lower slopes of the range there is much
to see: busy villages clustered around white
church towers, a variety of bridges representing
civil engineering art through the centuries
crossing the same ravine in proximity. Through all of it cuts a
4 lane highway in uncompromising simple geometry.
Up here on this road life has more curves.
The first high point (point 2 on the profile) goes under an aqueduct and
changes the viewshed to the south. But then the
road starts climbing again. At the top is the first extensive view of the
sea, and a few trees are starting to appear at this
Next to the road stand two ruins, an old mansion, and a
small castle like structure that could also have
been a "butler's quarters" of sorts. These
structures make the point easily identifiable from
adjacent summits and point below.
From South. (described
downwards) The long curvy roll made me loose my
sense of direction, so that in Larguit I started
heading back into the mountains, rather than
continuing the roll to the sea.
At the bottom the road joins a larger coastal
road with a wide shoulder for cycling and cuts
across a limestone canyon. Soon after the village
Salobrena appears in view.
A Dayride with this point as intermediate
summit is on page Carretera de la
Orgiva in front of the Sierra Nevada from
above Pinos de Valle