Pinos de Gáldar (Risco Caído)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Risco Caído 1542m 683m 10.5 km 6.5% 625 ***






Pinos de Gáldar from Risco Caído Profile

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Climb Description

Pinos de Gáldar is a scenic pass situated in the high mountains in the heart of Gran Canaria. It is one of several gateways from the north to the south of the island, and can be climbed by a wide variety of routes.

The climb from Risco Caído is a challenging and inconsistent ride, which is harder than the average gradients suggest. It begins from the Pérez Reservoir and takes the narrow road to Juncalillo, which passes the Risco Caído archaeological site.

A UNESCO World Heritage listed complex, Risco Caído is a series of caves built into the volcanic rocks of the region. They pre-date the Spanish conquest of the island and were used by the indigenous Guanche people as dwellings, food stores and also as an astronomical observatory.

From a cycling point of view the road is a series of steep gradients punctuated by flatter sections. It's made even more challenging by a detereorating road surface in places on the first half of the climb. After passing Juncalillo it becomes much easier. The gradients are more consistent and the surface is in perfect condition.

Pinos de Gáldar is usually open throughout the year.


Pinos de Gáldar from Risco Caído

The Risco Caido caves can be seen dug into the mountain side






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in mixed condition. It is rough and deteriorated in places until Juncalillo. After Juncalillo it is in perfect condition. condition.

There is very little traffic throughout the climb.




Alternative Routes

Pinos de Gáldar can be climbed from many different sides. You can arrive there from almost any point on the island using a different combination of roads. We consider the main cycling ascents to be starting from the following:

El Pagador

Gáldar

La Aldea de San Nicolas

Guía







Nearby Climbs


Pico de las Nieves

Aserrador

Cenobio de Valeron

Cruz de Gáldar

Roque Bentayga

San Bartolomé

Tamadaba





Cycling Holidays

Pinos de Gáldar is climbed and descended from various sides on our cycling holiday to Gran Canaria.

In the links below you can find out more about this tour and other similar holidays that we are currently running in Spain.




View over Gran Canaria
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,390 EUR
Mount Teide
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
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Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,290 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,320 EUR