Alto de Haza Llanas (Andalucía)
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Despite its short length, Haza Llanas is a challenging climb. It is steep in places, with the gradient in double figures for long periods, and the inside of the hairpins are regularly over 20%.
If you are doing the climb by itself you can attack it and there are a few places to recover if your legs blow up. However, if you plan to continue ascending towards Veleta, it is advisable to drop into the easiest gear and try to save as much power as possible on this climb.
Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in very good condition and there is little traffic throughout the climb.
The climb to Alto de Haza Llanas follows the GR-3200 road south out of Guejar Sierra, climbing towards Pico de Veleta.
The climb begins just after crossing the bridge over the River Genil and is marked by a sign which shows you the gradient of the next section. The climb to Alto de Haza Llanas is often done on the way to Pico del Veleta. However, it is a significant climb in its own right and was used as recently as 2013 in the Vuelta a España, in a stage won by eventually overall champion Chris Horner.
Haza Llanas is situated in the Sierra Nevada National Park and there are pleasant views throughout much of the climb; however, it never really fully opens up, and you have to climb on beyond the summit (towards Pico del Veleta) to get the more spectacular views.
The climb is open throughout the year. There is a chance of snow in the winter, when temperatures can also drop below freezing, but the road itself is rarely closed.
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