Refugio Vivac de la Caldera is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 3.053m (10,016ft) above the sea level, located in the region of Andalucia, in the province of Granada, in Spain. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe. Spectacular, if somewhat eerie, location in the high mountains beside a crater lake.
The road to the hut, located within the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s totally impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Along the way there are several alpine lakes. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
The road to the mountain refuge is called Camino de los Franceses (also known as Camino del Mulhacén). It links the Veleta peak and a small town called Capileira. It’s 23.3km long. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.
Pic: Ramón Carlos Válor López