Collado La Magdalena is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.183m (7,162ft) above the sea level, located in the Aragón Valley of north-eastern Spain. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The road to the summit, in a typically alpine setting, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s called Pista de Las Blancas. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Great trail for experienced wheelers. The journey offers stunning views of the Aragón river valley and the valley of Aísa-Borau. The road ends at the Refugio Militar López Huici mountain hut. Some meters before the hut the road is blocked by a barrier.
4x4 vehicle required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep with sections up to 18%. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. Its many twists, turns and narrows can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. The road is not easy, though. Up, down, right, left all the time. To drive the road you will need to request and collect the appropiate permit at the Town Hall in Borau as vehicles are not permitted to travel on the road in all seasons.
Pic: Pablo J. Lozal