Puerto de Pontones (Zumeta River)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Zumeta River 1,605m 392m 11.8 km 3.3% 172 ***








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Climb Description

Puerto de Pontones (not to be confused with this similarly named climb in Asturias) is a scenic pass in the Sierra de Cazorla mountains, situated in the north of the Andalucia region. The climb is easy, with gentle gradients throughout, and so it is best included as part of a longer route rather than as a standalone climb.

The Sierra de Cazorla mountains is one of the more remote natural parks in Spain, and has picturesque mountain scenery. It is also home to a wide range of animal species, including wolves, which were re-introduced recently to Andalucia.

Puerto de Pontones does get snow in the winter which causes sporadic closures, but not usually for long periods of time. Apart from these, the climb is open throughout the year.




Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout and there is little traffic on the climb.




Alternative Routes

Puerto de Pontones can also be climbed via Hornos.





Nearby Climbs


Agua de los Perros

El Yelmo

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 Puerto de Pontones. 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