Puerto de Escúllar - Caniles
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Despite its length, Puerto de Escúllar is quite an easy climb. The average gradient is low and there are no really steep sections. If you race it then it is hard enough to be a challenge, but it is also a good climb to spin up and enjoy the scenery on a winter training ride.
Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in excellent condition throughout. There is little traffic on the climb, with just the occasional car passing by.
DescriptionThis route to Puerto de Escúllar passes through the heart of the Sierra de Baza Natural Park. It begins from the junction of the A-334 and the GR-8101 near the town of Caniles.
The climb follows the GR-8101 all the way to the Puerto de Escúllar, situated on the border between the Almería and Granada regions of Andalucía.
Puerto de Escúllar is an excellent climb and one of the most under-rated in Andaluci´a, probably because it is quite inaccessible and not so well known outside Spain.
The climb was used from this side in the 2011 Vuelta a España, in a stage won by Spanish rider Daniel Moreno.
It is a really enjoyable climb, with excellent road surfaces, almost no traffic and with pleasant, if not really spectacular views throughout. It is also one of the few places in Europe where you climb to over 2,000m altitude throughout most of the winter.