Info on route from Las Alpujarras to Malaga

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Info on route from Las Alpujarras to Malaga

Postby molly » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:58 pm

Has anyone out there used the mountain/forest track between Albunuelas and Jayena. I was wondering how passable it was for lightly loaded touring bikes with 25mm tyres?
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Does anyone recommend any particular routes?
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Re: Info on route from Las Alpujarras to Malaga

Postby megilleland » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:32 pm

I haven't cycled the route in question. However the route between Albunuelas and Jayena is well used and looks straight forward with no risk of getting lost. If you want to get a good idea of the terrain you would have to cross in Spain use the VISOR/Sigpac maps. Excellent for plotting routes which are not apparent on road atlases. You can use the maps and see the aerials separately or superimpose them together. The detail is fantastic and all the information regarding contours, spot heights makes it clear how much you will have to climb in the mountains.

Just click on page to open and drag map to center cusor over place or area you are interested in and zoom in. You get only the maps to start with and then the aerials come in at the larger scales. Tick imagenes to display ariels (ortofotos) or maps as required. The site also gives co-ordinates which you may be able to use with GPS, but I don't understand or use one. Too old!

Using google maps the one end of the track can be seen at the Jayena end and shows it as an unsurfaced route. Should be alright in the dry, but if wet may get a bit sticky.
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Re: Info on route from Las Alpujarras to Malaga

Postby windysmithy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:19 am

Ha, i did this route 20 years ago with a mule, and it was fine!

Those were the days....
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Re: Info on route from Las Alpujarras to Malaga

Postby HarryD » Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:00 am

Will be ok on good 25mm tyres & lightly loaded. The track is decent condition apart from the steeper bits where the surface can be quite broken. Even then they are mostly rideable but you could always push for a while. I don't recall any descents

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Re: Info on route from Las Alpujarras to Malaga

Postby molly » Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:13 pm

Thank you for the responses. I'm heading off at the end of the month for a round trip from Malaga incorporating the Pica de Valeta and Alpujarras so this would be part of the return journey.
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