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Gran Canaria

Roque Nublo

11th February 2018

 

Roque Nublo is often quoted as the natural symbol of Gran Canaria and is a peak that I wanted very much to hike to. I managed to organise the outing with www.gcactivetour..es, a small hiking company run by a Polish chap called Marek. There were 6 other members of the group, all Polish. After an 8-40 a.m. pick up at the Riu hotel, we headed north to the center of the island along Route GC-60 passing through Mundo Aborigen, Arteara, Fatagato Ayacata, where we turned off to the right and parked just above La Goleta on the GC-600.

The road up the barranco was steep and twisty and we had to stop several times as one group member was feeling queasy. We had magnificent views of Pico de las Nieves, 1,949 m, the highest peak on Gran Canaria. It came as a bit as a shock as we climbed out of the minivan at La Goleta, as the temperature had dropped to 5 degrees C, and mist was swirling in from the north of the island. At first I thought that we would be seeing very little of Roque Nublo, but fortunately it cleared and the temperature began to increase a bit as the morning progressed.

 

Distance Time Elevation in meters

Km
Elapsed
Hrs-Mins
Moving
Hrs-Mins
Gain Loss Min Max
6.96 3H40   297 297 1,567 1,731

   

   
 

 

The twisty GC-60 road

 

 

Pico de las Nieves 1,949 m

 

Really cold and misty as we parked just above Presa de los Hornos reservoir

It was a short walk down to the start point, La Goleta

Marek explaining the proposed route

 

 

 

 

The Friar

First glimpse of Roque Nublo

 

Pico Teide on Tenerife

 

 

Roque Nublo and the Frog, viewed from a different angle

 

The climb up to the Roque Nublo plateau

 

Roque Nublo and The Frog

 

A mere 4.15 km and we are at the top

 

Back to La Goleta at 1,579 m

To the dam, Presa de los Hornos

Water levels low

End to a pleasant day out with lunch at Bar La Candelilla