Puerto de La Ragua (Cherín)
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La Ragua is a long climb, ascending to over 2,000m, so it requires good endurance. However, the gradients are very rarely steep and so it is a case of finding a rhythm and sustaining a steady pace throughout the climb.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in very good condition throughout the climb, and is good for both climbing and descending on a road bike. There is little traffic on the climb. You will probably meet a few cars, particularly in summer, but you will also climb for long periods without seeing any traffic.
The climb to Puerto de La Ragua from Cherín is easy to follow. It begins from the roundabout of the junction between the A-337 and the A-348 and then follows the A-337 all of the way to the top of the climb.
The climb is situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National Park and is one of only a few paved roads that go inside the park's boundaries.
Puerto de La Ragua is one of the most popular climbs for cyclists in Andalucia. It is a picturesque ascent into the heart of the Sierra de Nevada National Park, with fine views for the length of the climb.
The climb is used regularly in the Vuelta a España and is a great climb to include on a longer route around the edge of the Sierra Nevada.
Snow is fairly common in the winter months, and the zone near the top is used for cross-country skiing. However, it is nearly always cleared so the climb is accessible throughout the year - just make sure you carry adequate clothing for a potentially chilly descent.