Ascent of Moncayo on 2013-07-08

Climber: Martin Richardson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:7592 ft / 2314 m

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
Pico de San Miguel o del Moncayo>

Extract of text from my blog:
... Sierra del Moncayo’s highest point. Clearly a popular parque natural. Although the parking is restricted it is plentiful – if that does not sound contradictory – certainly for a non-weekend day.
It is possible to drive all the way to the Santuario de Nuestra Senora del Moncayo – a swanky looking hotel and restaurant – at N41.79075 W1.81743 ( 1606m). I chose to stop at the penultimate carpark at N41.79591 W1.82284 (1566m) because the unpaved road seemed to deteriorate further at that point; I intuited, correctly that there would be no shade in the santuario car park; and, although I did not intuit this, there was a sign saying autocaravanes are not allowed to park there. It only adds about 750 metres to the journey each way.
From the santuario there is a clearly marked trail – the AG1 – that zigzags all the way to the summit ridge and then onwards to the summit itself. At first the zigzags are in the shade of mainly pine trees and then the shade is replaced by breeze at N41.78870 W1.82579 (1826m) and a proper view of a wide corrie with the summit on the western end of the rim

The path goes up the eastern end – not sure why there isn't a path on the western end, although it does have rather more craggy looking outcrops on it.
Eventually the trail passes a warning sign about snow at N41.78348 W1.82944 (2144m) before reaching the rim at N41.78137 W1.83008 (2244m). The ridge path goes over an intervening summit at N41.78185 W1.83405 (2262m) before the final push to the summit past remains of last winter’s snow.
The summit is dotted with various bits of religious nonsense as well as the trig at the highest point at N41.78719 W1.83967. I assume on a clear day there is a view of the Pyrenees – but this day the haze was quite restricting. And, it wasn’t thin air that that made breathing difficult it was the heavy scent of the broom blossom that was obvious throughout the journey up and down the mountain.
On my return I bagged the top on the east end of the rim – Alto del Corralejo at N41.77898 W1.82661 (2267m) before returning by the same route as the ascent.
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