Puerto de la Ragua (Cherín)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Cherín 2,041m 1,508m 25.1 km 6.0% 970 ****

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Climb Description

The climb to Puerto de La Ragua from Cherín 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.

It is a most popular climbs among cyclists in Andalucia, for both its scenery and its challenge. The difficulty of the climb lies in its length rather than its gradient, which is very consistent with few steep sections.

The climb is used regularly in the Vuelta a España and is a great climb to ride either as a stand alone ascent as part of a longer route around the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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.

Puerto de la Ragua   Cycling Climb in Andalucia

La Ragua is open even during winter

Roads & Traffic

The 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 and weekends during winter, but you will also climb for long periods without seeing any traffic.

Alternative Routes

It is also possible to climb to La Ragua from La Calahorra.

Nearby Climbs


Haza del Lino

Sierra de Lújar

Collado de Canseco

Haza del Lino

Puerto de Escullar

Collado de Quentar

Pico Veleta

Calar Alto

Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the Sierra Nevada mountains and surrounding area, including Puerto de la Ragua. 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 €1,590 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,420 EUR