Sierra de Lújar (Rubite)
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The first part of the climb to Puerto Camacho is quite easy, with a lot of hairpin bends making the gradient very gentle.
Once you leave the main road, however, it becomes significantly more challenging. The gradient hovers around 10%, with several spikes and the poor road surface makes it feel even steeper.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in excellent condition until the Puerto Camacho. After turning off the A-4131 it worsens considerably, with a lot of pot-holes and several areas which are just gravel. It is passable on a road bike, but you sometimes may lose traction on the steeper sections. The descent on this part is also very technical given the poor road surface.
There is little traffic on the climb throughout, but it is almost non-existant once you leave the A-4131.
This climb to Sierra de Lujaúr begins in the town of Rubite. It starts on the GR-5206, before turning left onto the A-4131 just before the Puerto de Camacho.
At the Puerto de Camacho, turn left following the signs to Sierra de Lujaúr. The road continues to the television tower that you can see at the top of the mountain.
Sierra de Lújar is a pleasant climb for the most part. The first section until Puerto Camacho are really enjoyable. The road surface is good and there are fantastic views throughout the climb and the hairpin bends on the early part of the climb are typical of an Alpine or Pyrenean ascent.
The last section is less enjoyable, and not just because of the gradient. The road surface is poor and takes a lot of your concentration so it is more difficult to enjoy the scenery, also the TV towers at the top of the climb are something of an eyesore.
Nevertheless, at the top of the climb you are one of the highest points around, so there are fine views on a clear day - especially looking north towards the Sierra Nevada.
Sierra de Lújar is usually open throughout the year.