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16 0.80 20.00 890 PineTrees Westartridingthroughpinetrees. 17 2.00 22.00 910 FountainorFuentedeDonSimon Itisonourrightandservestorefreshus.

10 2.15 8.80 520 Slope Wefacethehardestclimbonthisroad. 11 4.30 13.10 610 Bar  estartridingthrough Wepassab  aronourrightandcontinuetoascend.W orchards. 12 1.80 14.90 625 PanoramicView WeridealongthehighestpartoftheeasternsideoftheRavineorBarranco deArguineguín,fromwhichwecanseeal argepanoramicviewonourleft. 13 2.40 17.30 820 DistrictorBarriodelosLomos Theroadbecomesad  irttrackandwepassonourrightah ousewithal arge crossattheentrance. 14 0.50 17.80 850 Crossroads Thetrackturnstotheleftandwepassanexitonourright. 15 1.40 19.20 885 PanoramicView Theroutebeginstobeeasy,aswegoontheflat. Weareinthemiddleofalargecliff.Ontheleftandbelowusthereisa viewofanesplanadewithsomehousesandtheirorchards.Lowerdown, wecanseethevillageofCercadosdeEspino.

1 0.00 0.00 25 PlazadelaConstitución WestartoffinthedirectionoftheGC-500road,leavingtheOficinas Municipales(TownHall)onourleft. 2 0.10 0.10 25 Roundaboutwithtrafficlights WecrosstheroadtocarryoninthedirectionofthevillageofElTablero. 3 0.80 0.90 30 Multiplecrossroads WecontinueinthedirectionofElTablero.Theroadimmediatelystarts goinguphillandweenterabuilt-uparea. 4 0.90 1.80 100 Crossroads WecarryonstraightaheadtocrossElTablero.  5 0.70 2.50 110 Crossroads Afterturningtotheleft,wecontinuestraightaheadpassingexitsonboth sides.  6 0.15 2.65 115 Turnoff ThestreetjoinstheGC-604road.Weturntotheright,inthedirectionof thevillageofSalobre.Weridebetweenhousesfor3Km.,progressively gainingheightandwithoutleavingthemainroad.  7 2.90 5.55 260 Slope Ahardclimbwillobligeustostanduponourpedals.  8 0.30 5.85 290 EndoftheSlope Wereachaflatpieceandsoontheasphaltdeteriorates.  9 0.80 6.65 295 Fruittreeplantation Theroadturnstowardstheright,passingaplantationoffruittreesalso ontheright. Fromnowon,wecontinuetoridealongthemainroad(asphalted),not takinganyofthefewexitsthatweseeonbothsides.W  earegoingtopass throughconstantascentsanddescents,butgoingupallthetime.

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CHIRA-M  ORRODELA HIERBAHUERTO

Maspalomas,BarriodelosLomos,Cercados deArañaandMorrodelaHierbaHuerto

TheNaturalParkorParqueNaturaldePilancones,of5800 hectares,isoneofthelargestprotectedareasontheisland. Itismainlyanareaofpinegrovesandisinhabitedbythe LagartodeGranCanaria(GrandCanaryLizard),anendemic speciesthatcanreachas izeofmorethanhalfam  etre.F rom thetopoftheMountorMorrodelaHierbaHuertowecansee almosttheentirepark,butthisisnottheonlyattractionof thisroutewhichtakesusfromthesouthofthemunicipality ofSanBartolomédeTirajanauptotheReservoirorEmbalse deChira,initsnorthernmostpart.

Length:  65.9 km.

Duration:  7 h. 30 min.

Difficulty:  5

Maximum height above sea level:  1,315 metres

Accumulated climb:  2,280 metres

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28 1.60 41.70 1220 PanoramicView Alargepinetreeonourleftprotectsusfromthesunwhileweobservea viewofthecoast,whichreachesfromPuertoRicotoTheMaspalomasDunes. 29 0.60 42.30 1180 Crossroads Wecontinuestraightahead,passingat rackontheright,tobeginad  escent.

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30 2.10 44.40 950 Turnoff Wenowtakeonourrightanewsemi-abandonedtrack,(theonethatwe havecomedownfinishesonekilometrefurtheron,atthebottomofthe RavineorBarrancodeChamoriscán.)Alittlewayfurtheron,wepassa houseonourleft. 31 3.70 48.10 850 Turnoff WeareatthesamecrossroadsthatcorrespondstothePKno.14oftheroute. WenowturntotheleftandgothroughBarriodeLosLomostoreturnour startingpoint,ridingonceagainalongtheGC-604road. 32 17.80

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WecouldmaketheitineraryshorterbygoingtoCercadosdeArañabycar andcommencingacircularroutefromthere: ∑CercadosdeAraña(PKnº23) tothecrossroadsbeforeBarriodeLosLomos(PKnº31) ∑ThecrossroadsafterBarriodeLosLomos(PKnº14) toCercadosdeAraña(PKnº23) Inthiscase,wewoulddoat otalof30.300Km.andwewouldavoidtheGC ecanshorteniteven 604road,howeveritisar oadwithverylittletraffic.W moreby3.5Km.ifwedonotgouptheMorrodelaHierbaHuerto,an alternativethatwouldtakeawayal argepartofthecharmofthisexcursion.

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18 1.60 23.60 920 Crossroads Thetrackturnstotherightandweleaveadoubleexitontheother side.Westartaclimbof3Km.throughthepinetrees. 19 3.10 26.70 1050 Endoftheclimb Wegettothetop,withapanoramicviewonourleftoverthevillage ofBarranquilloAndrés,andwestartthedescenttowardstheChira Reservoir,whichcomesintoview. 20 0.80 27.50 975 Crossroads Straightahead,ignoringthetrackontheleft. 21 0.90 28.40 950 Crossroads Wecontinuetogodown,leavinganexitontheleft. 22 1.70 30.10 910 ChiraReservoir Thetrackbecomesanasphaltedroadandweborderthereservoir. 23 1.10 31.20 930 CercadosdeAraña Wegothroughthevillage;thereisatelephoneboxontheleft.We turnaroundandreturntothecrossroadsthatweleftatPKno.21,ata distanceof2.8Km.fromCercadosdeAraña. 24 2.80 34.00 950 Crossroads Weleavethetrackandjoinanother,whichturnsoffonourleft,and startthehardclimbofmorethan4Km.,whichwilltakeusuptothe MorrodelaHierbaHuerto. Weareonceagainamongstpinetrees,insidethePilanconesNatural Park,throughwhichwewillrideforquiteawhile. 25 2.60 36.60 1200 Turnoff Weturntotheleftandkeepongainingheight. 26 1.75 38.35 1315 MorrodelaHierbaHuerto Wereachthehighestpointoftheroute. Oureffortsarefullyrewardedbythebeautifulpanoramicview,which reachesfromtheRoqueNublo,thegeographicalcentreofGranCanaria, inthenorthtothesoutherncoastoftheisland.Wereturnoverthetrack downwhichwehavecomeuntilwereachthepreviouscrossroads. 27 1.75 40.10 1200 Crossroads Wenowgostraightaheadclimbingup.

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Morro de la Hierba Huerto 1.315 mts.

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