|In Puerto de la Ragua (2040 m) you find a number of
signposts. Start climbing uphill on a steep path with a sign
"Subido al Chullo". Soon after reaching the top of the hill
(10min) (2100 m), the path forks (12min) (2105 m). Go right. At the next
fork, go left (14min) (2100 m). At the third fork, you find a white-red
waymark to both directions (19min) (2125 m). Bear left. Ignore a narrow
path that branches off left (22min), and keep right. Looking ahead you see the
route which goes all the way to the top of
When the first steep part of the climb easies up (30min) (2205
m), look behind to enjoy the views to a vast plain with fields and
villages. In some ten minutes the path gets steep again. After passing a
stone cottage (1h17min) (2520 m), you can see the summit less than
hundred meters higher up.
From the summit (1h40min) (2610 m), continue along the
Chullo. On both sides you have a panorama of mountain landscape and on
your right you can discern a lake. Probably you meet large flocks of sheep
and goat. The path is a bit difficult to
follow, but if you keep an eye on the postes with plates on top of them
which have been set up along the ridge you will stay on the right path.
When the path bends left (2h10min) (2505 m) you see the Laguna Seca (Dry Lagoon) below in
front of you. Descend towards it. In summer time the lagoon is only a
bright green circle where the shepherds like to graze their flocks of
Do not descend all the way into the bed of the lagoon, but take the
track on its left hand side (2h40min) (2295 m) and follow it to the left
on top of the hill with a lovely view
over the valley. On the hill you find a path branching off left. This path
descends gently crossing five gorges with running water even in hot
summer days. The streams that run along the gorges form bright green
stripes dodded with myriads of flowers. On your right you can see the
town of Calahorra.
When the path forks (3h16min) (2260 m), keep left uphill. Soon the
path almost disappears. Do not go towards the cottage that you see
downhill on your right, but keep heading towards the ridge that you see
in front of you. You cross a stream before reaching the ridge (3h40min)
(2245 m). On the ridge bend right. You descend along the ridge to the
backyard of the cottage (3h45min) (2210 m) where you find a track.
Follow the track downhill to the left.
The track curves right to a pine forest (3h52min) (2165 m). When it
forks (3h55min) (2155 m), go left downhill. You meet another track with
a white-red waymark (3h59min) (2135 m). Turn left. You come to a fork
with white-red waymarks to both directions (4h07min) (2155 m). Go left.
The track peters out into a path and then turns into a
track again. You
cross four streams and meet a wider track (4h45min) (2150 m). Do not
bend right downhill, but cross this track on a path.
The path snakes its way through a shady pine forest and reaches a
track (5h) (2130 m). Turn right. Ignore all tracks and paths branching
off left and return to Puerto de la Ragua (5h16min).