Ascent of Mojon de las Tres Terminos on 2009-08-15
|Date:||Saturday, August 15, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Mojon de las Tres Terminos|
| Elevation:||1517 m / 4980 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was at the end of a travelling day following yesterday's Mulhacen ascent. Bob Packard was with me, but time was short, and he already has too many P610m summits! so I made a quick solo ascent.
We had no maps other than a 1:400,000 Michelin map and a few Googlemaps page showing some tracks. We took a while to find the correct road out of Casarabonela village (an un-signed back street, fork R at N36:47.32, W4:50.435, last feasible turning before reaching the tiny village square). The road (MA-445 on Michelin map, MA-5401 on the ground) crosses the N end of the ridge and at this point (N36:48.436, W4:50.962), almost opposite a building is a signboard with a detailed map (10m contours) and a track L (for cycles but a driveable dirt road with no restrictions). A drive of approx 5 km leads to a pull-in (N36:46.645, W4:52.375) below the SE face of the peak, with a signpost indicating a trail leading NW. This leads to a saddle, then crosses the NE face to reach the E ridge. It descends slightly then climbs R, zigzags then heads for the summit, a little indistinct in places, with a few cairns.
On arrival there are 2 summits close together, one (NE) with an old trig base and another (SE) with an intact trig pillar (standard cylindrical design). However a third (W) summit appears higher and the map shows it to be 1521 with the E summit 1518; my GPS readings tended to support this. My GPSr at the W summit read N36:46.130, W4:52.862, elevation 1523m.
It's a nice compact summit, rocky with good views; Torrecilla is prominent (in both senses) to the SW.
DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IN SHORTS! The trail is lined with prickly plants: gorse and thistles.
We were based near Malaga as we were flying to our respective homes the next day having spent a week in Spain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||571 m / 1879 ft|
| Extra Gain:||29 m / 98 ft|
| Distance:||9 km / 5.6 mi|
| Route:||N col, E ridge|
| Trailhead:||Cycle track NE side 1004 m / 3297 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Hot, Breezy, Clear|
| Time Up:||47 Minutes|
| Time Down:||32 Minutes|
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