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simon3: Track/5058 in area near Unid, Unid ()
An alternative way up Pico de la Zarza.
Ascent: 759m, Length: 13.8km, Creator time taken: 5h21m
Descent: 755m, Time predicted from Naismith's rule: 4h 2m + breaks
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Places Start at Lon -14.3118, Lat 28.0716, end at Start
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[RWD version 1 ] The well publicised route up PIco de la Zarza, 806m the highest point on Fuerteventura, starts from Morro Jable. This is an alternative start from the Butihondo area to the east near to the end of the FV2.
Around half the route is different from the better known route, and it much quieter. On my trip I only saw one person on the lower parts of the route, while there were scores if not hundreds on the upper part
shared with the main route.

The start is at a bridge under the FV2 as shown. This leads to a series of roads and a way around Monte Aguda. The entire area appears to have been an abandoned, large scale development. picture 1 for track/5058  : An alternative way up Pico de la Zarza.
There is a road to the left which heads up the mountain.
The way up and around M. Aguda goes along a road that gradually peters out. You come to a col full of what appears to be an artificial mound of greyish gravel. This is probably mine tailings or perhaps the cover over landfill. Whatever it is, it is perfectly walkable and there is a visible track leading uphill towards the NW and the highlands. picture 2 for track/5058  : An alternative way up Pico de la Zarza.
At one point there is an arrow suggesting an excellent path avoiding some of the rougher ground.
If you are taking this route, get to know that there are good indicators of the path (as of 2024 anyway) in the form of little piles of stones. There are a few places the way is difficult. Following the route suggested is very helpful. picture 3 for track/5058  : An alternative way up Pico de la Zarza.
The route has a wild, empty quality about it. There are a very few wild goats.
As you proceed you can start to see the main Jandia ridge. The route joins the main tourist route which is easy to follow. There are a huge mixture of travellers from runners to strugglers. It is hard work to the top because of the steepness and the heat even though a zig zag route has been constructed. picture 4 for track/5058  : An alternative way up Pico de la Zarza.
The view from the summit to the west. Below is the superb beach near the hamlet of Cofete.
On our previous trip to PIco de la Zarza we were in mist at the top. This time the view was magnificent in all directions. The steepness of the ground is also apparent. There is a giant concave slope towards the beach. In the preceeding photo, note the barrier. It would appear that walking along the ridge is discouraged. picture 5 for track/5058  : An alternative way up Pico de la Zarza.
A photo of the top taken from Cofete a couple of days later. The steepness off the summit becomes very clear!
On this trip I returned on the same route as I had gone up, however it would be perfectly possible to have come down in Morro Jable.
All in all a great walk, if somewhat constrained to a prescribed route. Try to do it on a clear day if at all possible for the views.
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Uploaded on: Sat, 16 Mar 2024 (10:24:43), Linkback:
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