The inhumane climb to Alto de Carrascoy with 16% ramps
Alto de Carrascoy is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.062m (3,484ft) above the sea level, located in the Region of Murcia, an autonomous community of Spain. The climb is brutal, with sections up to 16%.
Tucked away within the Parque Regional Sierra de Carrascoy y El Valle, in the southeastern part of the country, the road to the summit, also known as Pico de La Maza, has a dead end and it’s all on tarmac, although in places that tarmac is in appalling condition.
Set high in the Sierra de Carrascoy mountain range, the road is 9.5km (5.9 miles) long, starting at the RM-603 road, on Casas Nuevas de la Costera. The summit hosts antennas and a communication tower.
The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 16% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the RM-603 road, the ascent is 9.5km (5.9 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 891 meters. The average gradient is 9.37%. The climb itself is absolutely destructive, clocking in at 9,5km at 9,5% which is bad enough until you realize that the last couple of kilometres are false flat and descent! The first 6km average 11,9%, which is something really nasty.
Pic: ramon plano mora