Pena Bon & Pica De Fuentefria

Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Distance: 9.5 miles
Total Ascent: 3,128 feet
Total Descent: 3,132 feet
Maximum Altitude: 7,538 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Mainly sunny with some cloud


We travelled by private coach from the hotel to Trevélez. A zig zag path took us quickly up the hillside with the trees providing some very welcome shade. Some careful navigation took us through a rocky gully onto open moorland where we passed a small herd of cows. After traversing the moorland we skirted above a small wooded area to reach a rocky outcrop where we stopped for lunch whilst enjoying the view of Mulhacen. A short, easy walk took us to a small path that gradually descended through trees and onto a wide track. Following this we eventually reached our outward path which we followed into Trevélez - where we found that the other group where already making good use of a local cafe.
The village of Trevélez is famous throughout Spain for its superb mountain hams, or jamón serrano. At over 4,840 feet above sea level, it is the highest village in Europe and overhangs a fast-flowing river and plunging mountain valley.

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Trevélez from our initial ascent


From higher up . . .


the High Sierras can be seen


Across the valley is the ridge we were on the previous day


Jane checks the route . . .


and the trees provide some shade


More views of the High Sierras


Quite a surprise . . .


to find this small herd


A rocky outcrop is the ideal spot for lunch


The sphinx (with a little imagination!)


Looking back to our lunch spot


Gone fishing!



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