El Yelmo (Cortijos Nuevos)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Cortijos Nuevos 1,955m 998m 14.3 km 7.0% 901 ****








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Climb Description

El Yelmo is probably the most iconic and spectacular climb in the Cazorla and Segura mountain range of northern Andalucia. Climbing to nearly 2,000m, with a decent length and average gradient; it would not look out of place in the Alps or Pyrenees. The scenery is picturesque for most of the climb, and becomes really spectacular in the last few kilometres, as you climb to the highest point around - offering wonderful panoramic views.

The climb itself is somewhat unusual for the Jaén province of Andalucia, in so far as it is quite steady. The gradients do vary slightly, but usually hover between 6% and 9%, with few stretches in double figures (at least until the ramps of the final kilometer). This makes it a great climb for riders who like to get into a nice rhythm.

El Yelmo can be open throughout the year, depending on weather conditions. However, snow is common in winter, so expect short to medium term closures from December through to March.




Roads & Traffic

The road surface is generally in good condition. It is a bit rough in places and with some loose gravel towards the top, but nothing too troublesome for a road bike.

Traffic is very light throughout the climb.




Alternative Routes

El Yelmo can also be reached from one of several roads to the south and east, however, this ascent from the west is by far the most iconic and challenging side.





Nearby Climbs


Agua de los Perros

Puerto de Pontones

Collado de la Traviesa






Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the Sierra de Cazorla mountains and other parts of Andalucia, including the climb to El Yelmo. If you would be interested in this, please contact us to discuss the options and to put together an itinerary.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we currently run in Spain.






Andalucia Sunflower Fields
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,470 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Beniarres Reservoir & Benicaldell
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging to Hard
Price: from €620 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR