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near Castell de Castells, Valencia (España)
This is a particularly satisfying and interesting walk once the possible obstacle of accessibility to the start is overcome. It is a high level walk both snowier in winter and slightly cooler in summer. The nonstop succession of views is superb and on a really clear day the islands of Formentera and Ibiza are visible some 100 km to the ENE. Dels Teixos is a delight, particularly on a hot day as it combines a north face, shady trees and cool water. A hut in which to shelter generally seems to be open and makes it a very pleasant place to wait while the less relaxed of the party climb the summit. The ascent of Penya Alta (Aixorta) from here is fun and not too arduous and rewarded with vertiginous views and an optional short “ridge scramble” to the W. Subsequent visits to the Nevera, (ice pit), and Morro Blau are interesting and there is the challenge of pathfinding to and from Font Major to come. At the end the cave’ (ice pit?), is curious and well worth an “end of walk” push.
A local bar would create perfection but Castells and Tarbena are not far.
70% good tracks. 30% poor paths.
CIRCUIT. LOMA ESPINAR--FONT DELS TEIXOS--CERRO DE PARADOS---MORRO BLAU---FONT MAJOR--- ESPINAR.
WALK SPECS:DISTANCE 8.8-10.0km – WALKING TIME 31/2 hrs – ASCENT 200-350mtrs – GRADE M
(Walking time only – add time for breaks and lunch
WRITE-UP BY: Jean & Bob Hall firstname.lastname@example.org UPDATED Jan 2014
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