PR LP 08. PICO DE LA CRUZ – BARLOVENTO

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  • DISTANCE: 17,3 km.
  • DIFFICULTY: Average. The distance covered, and the height-difference involved make it a physically demanding route.
  • ACCUMULATED ASCENDING LEVEL: 0 mt.
  • ACCUMULATED DESCENDING LEVEL: 1810 mt.
  • ESTIMATED TIME OF GOING:  4:45 hrs.
  • ESTIMATED TIME COMING BACK: 6:00 hrs.
  • NATURE RESERVES WITHIN THE TRAIL: Parque Natural de Las Nieves.
  • RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE YEAR: All year round. Beware of snow in winter and spring at altitudes above 2,000m, as the path becomes impracticable and dangerous in such conditions.
  • GETTING THE TRAIL: By road, with a private vehicle or taxi.
  • BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS: Habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below. At the risk of sounding obvious, here are some of the most important:

    • Check weather forecasts before setting off to hike.
    • Don´t go alone.
    • Tell someone your intended destination and expected time of arrival.
    • Carry a small rucksack with warm clothing, waterproofs, food and plenty of water. 
    • Don´t forget such simple items as: sun hat, protective cream and sun glasses.
    • Carry a mobile phone with fully-charged battery, a map and, if possible, a compass. They will probably never be used but, when required, are of vital importance.
    • Wear suitable gear, especially footwear: trekking boots or similar are essential, trainers or pumps are to be avoided, habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below.
  • REMARKS: The route is usually walked downhill, although there is nothing to prevent doing it uphill. No water is available anywhere on the route. In the high zone it coincides with the PR LP 7.