CIRCULAR HIKING IN THE SIERRA DE AITANA (ALICANTE). DIVINE ROCK, PENYO MULERO, PENYA ROC, RACÓ DE TOVAINES

The hiking route in the Sierra de Aitana that I will describe below is only recommended for experienced hikers. To the more than 2,000 meters of unevenness that must be overcome and the 23 kilometers in length, we must add climbing and 22nd-grade skills, some of them with a considerable patio. As a reward for the enormous effort, we will climb to 3 peaks (Peñón Divino, Penyó Mulero and Penya Roc), pass through some of the most emblematic places of the Sierra de Aitana (such as the Racó de Tovaines) and enjoy spectacular views throughout the route with the Puig Campana and the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. A great hiking route in Alicante that I recommend to any mountaineer who visits the province.

Rosemary in one of the climbs to climb the Divine Rock

And if you think it’s too much for you, you can either train with other routes and do it later, or do this one that runs along the whole ravine of l´Arc and this one that passes through the Racó de Tovaines, both in the same area shorter and simpler but also very interesting. On second thought, these two could be part of the training before you jump to the next one.

Penya Roc is a mountain of 1.108m located next to the Pas del Comptador between Sella and Benimantell in the region of Marina Baja de Alicante.

Although several hiking trails pass by its base (one of them is the PR CV-9 which links Sella and Benimantell), its summit is not very well known or visited by hikers. However, for adventure climbers, this mountain occupies a privileged position, since its north face has several long and committed routes. I once tried what is probably the easiest one in the area called Two Brothers.

Although it doesn’t snow much in Alicante when it does, there are many of us who go out to enjoy the white element in the mountains of the province. This year the month of February has started with a good snowfall, although not as heavy as the one we had last year when I was even able to take the skis out of the mountains and make a small trip in the Sierra de Aitana accompanying the cream of the mountain climbers of Alicante.

Sierra de Els Plans snow-covered

On Thursday it snowed, on Friday it snowed again and like many others, I feel like going out to enjoy the snow. Some are content to make a dummy or a ball war, others to throw themselves with plastic or sleds down the slope, I prefer to do a hiking route or if the conditions are right taken out the ski boards.

Thinking about where to go, Ruth and David, with whom I made a beautiful route through the Sierra Serrella this autumn, tell me how good the climb up to Els Plans is from Estepar. All right, I’ll be right there.

My friend Oscar de Natibera offers his clients an activity he has christened magic hiking. It is a question of approaching the natural environment from a perspective that has more to do with discovery than with sport. On one occasion I accompanied him on a route and he gave me a few touches on this type of activity as a guide. It was a beautiful experience in which I learned to observe the environment from another point of view. Besides, that route, which you can read here, was in the Vall de Gallinera, a place in itself with a lot of magic.

Well, yesterday afternoon, in a much more crowded place like the Cabeçó d’Or, I felt like I was doing some magical hiking.

Sea of clouds at the top of the Cabeçó d´Or with the last lights of the day

Let’s get to the point.

If two articles ago I wrote about an ascent to the Cabeçó d´Or not suitable for all audiences, this time I will tell you about the most popular route to climb to its summit. It is a question of following the signposted PR-CV 2 path. It can be followed in the direction I am narrating it or vice versa. You can also take a partial route starting from both Plá de la Gralla and Plá del Cabeçó, climb to the top and return to the starting point along the same route. In both cases, this results in a shorter and more linear activity. Making any of the three options will depend on the time and desire of each one.

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