The Wild Road to Pico del Relojero in Murcia
Pico del Relojero is a mountain peak at an elevation of 600m (1,968ft) above the sea level, located in the Region of Murcia, an autonomous community of Spain. The climb is brutal, with sections up to 15%.
Tucked away within the Parque Regional Sierra de Carrascoy y El Valle, in the southeastern part of the country, the road to the summit is mostly unpaved and has a dead end. High clearance vehicle required. The road is 6.8km (4.22 miles) long, starting on La Alberca. The final part is closed to private vehicles.
Set high in the Sierra de Carrascoy mountain range, the summit hosts antennas and a communication tower. The drive is very scenic with stunning views of Murcia city. On the way to the summit are two natural viewpoints with great views: Mirador de las Navetas and Mirador del barranco del Sordo.
The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 15% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting on La Alberca, the ascent is 6.8km (4.22 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 519 meters. The average gradient is 7.63%. The climb itself is absolutely destructive.
Pic: Juanito L