Pico de las Nieves (Maspalomas) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

8.3
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31.5 mi
DISTANCE
7,688 ft
GAINED
3.8 %
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Page Contributor(s): Ron Hawks, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Ride to the highest point on the Island of Gran Canaria, one of the two primary cycling destinations on the Canary Islands (Tenerife is the other). 

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panoramic view of alpine setting with gorgeous mountain silhouettes in distance on Pico de las Nieves climb

Cycling Pico de las Nieves, Maspalomas, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

51 kilometers from 7m to 1940 m peak gaining 2340m at 3.8% average grade (6.4% climb only).

photo collage shows sign for Mirador Pico de las Nieves, alpine setting, PJAMM cyclist standing next to informational signs, plateau along climb route

Climb summary by PJAMM’s Ron Hawks of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist riding on well-paved highway roadway at beginning of Pico de las Nieves climb

This climb, which starts in the heart of Maspalomas (population 36,065 as of 2013), a tourist town at the southern tip of the Canary Island of Las Palmas. The first several miles of the ride are a bit hectic before we leave the congested city traffic and begin our climb up the volcano on GC-60.

photo collage of views from climb, including beautiful sunrise and sun beams streaming through cloud coverage on mountains

Once out of the city, the climb opens up and gives us good views of the mountain ahead.  The landscape in the beginning is mostly desert and the road is very smooth.  There are a few descents along the way but the last half of the climb is straight up.

views along climb route, two-way roadway cut out of mountaintop, gorgeous rock formations and plateaus

photo collage shows beautiful rock formations along the climb; cacti growing along roadway

PJAMM cyclist riding along steep segment of roadway

PJAMM cyclist riding up roadway with amazing rock formations in mountainside behind him

Once we get to Ayacatta, about 22 miles into the climb, we head north onto GC-600 and the road quality deteriorates while the grade gets steep.  Not a winning combination but the scenery changes from volcanic to forested, giving us a pleasant diversion from the agony of this extremely difficult bike climb.  

PJAMM Cyclist rides on roadway surrounded by evergreen trees, alpine setting

After a few miles, we head east on GC-130 and the good road quality comes back and continues all the way to the top.  The final section is a right on GC-134 heading south for a few miles that takes us to where the road ends with amazing views.  Food and drinks are available for sale at the top, so bring some euros with you so can fuel up before the long descent home.

photo collage shows sign for Mirador Pico de las Nieves, alpine setting, PJAMM cyclist standing next to informational signs, plateau along climb route

Pico de las Nieves viewpoint has a Google 4.8 rating of 3,770 reviews (as of December 2022)

Thank you Ron Hawks.

PJAMM cyclist stands on craggy rocks on roadside at climb's finish, beautiful mountain setting with rock formations silhouetted in background

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Thank you Luke Hise of Phoenix, Arizona for many of the photos on this page.

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