Collado de Carihuela is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.209m (10,528ft) above the sea level, located in the region of Andalucia, in the province of Granada, in Spain. Views down to the Alpujarras and the Mediterranean beyond. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.
The road to the summit, located within the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is totally unpaved. It’s 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. At the summit there’s a mountain refuge called Refugio Vivac de la Carihuela.It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
The road to the summit 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. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.
Pic: Ramón Carlos Válor López