Walk Ref #314 Monte Alto Ridge
Day: Friday Date: 17th April 2015
Time: 10.00am Distance: 10.5 Km
Height gain: 287m
Est’d Duration: 3hrs
Est’d Difficulty*: More Demanding; upgraded from Moderate after yesterday’s recce.
RV Location: HDLF Town Hall/ Bar 28.
Lunch: None organised, but plenty of choice in the village.
Post Walk Update from Phil: (You’ll find pictures on the gallery page)
Hi all. Fourteen intrepid walker gathered to tackle the walk out to where the cross used to be at the end of the Monte Alto Ridge on Friday and in glorious sunshine enjoyed a challenging walk on narrow tracks along the ridge. This gave us a chance to view parts of other walks that we have done in the area round the Parque Montaña on one side and the Salt River and El Agudo on the other.
As we got in sight of the end of the ridge it was a pleasant surprise to see that a new cross had been erected since I recce’d the route last Monday and when we got there it seemed to be a work in process as the old wooden cross had been recovered, the new cross installed and the workman´s tools were by the new cross! (We left them there, don’t worry!) The new cross is an open design, which will hopefully let the wind blow through it rather than blowing it over;. this is the third design that I have walked to in the last couple of years!
We returned by the same route, albeit without my diversion on the hilltop that we took on the way out and three and a half hours after we left the village a group of hungry and thirsty walker descended on the bars in the village. I was 5 minutes late for a meeting with the Mayor, but my Social Secretary was waiting for me with a pint of beer, so I entered the Council meeting room to much ribaldry!
From the Town Hall, a walk up the hill and out onto Monte Alto, the hill to the right of the Albatera road and return. This was a Moderate walk last year, although some people found it rather demanding. However, the winter rains have eroded some tracks to the point that they now require additional care and attention and the ground is definitely rough underfoot in places. The walk is basically an out and back route, rather than a loop, so I can offer some options. If you want to shorten the walk, you could drive up the Albatera Road and park at the top and wait for the group to join you at about 10.30. If you are unsure about the ridge walk there are plenty of places where you could sit and enjoy the views while you wait for the party to return if you decide to go no further.
This is a ridge walk with narrow tracks in places with steep drop offs on one or both sides. It is not suited to people who suffer from vertigo or any other concerns about narrow tracks and drop offs. Having said that, the views are magnificent and IMHO are well worth the effort needed to get onto and along the ridge. I have put some photographs in a document, available from Dropbox, (click to follow link), to help you decide if it is for you or not.
Equipment: Walking boots providing ankle support strongly recommended and a stick or pole if you feel uncomfortable on loose footings.
Dogs: This walk is NOT suitable for dogs