Valley of the Tears Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

9.3
FIETS
7.9 mi
DISTANCE
3,515 ft
GAINED
8.4 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Lisa Irizarry and Matthew Jiang, New York, New York; Luke Hise, Phoenix, AZ

INTRO

Valley of the Tears - one of the most epic and popular climbs on Gran Canaria and in the Canary Islands. 

See more details and tools regarding this climb's grade via our interactive Profile Tool.
Information Not Available

If you have any information regarding this climb, we'd like to hear from you. Click the CONTRIBUTE button to share your thoughts with us.

Information Not Available

If you have any information regarding this climb, we'd like to hear from you. Click the CONTRIBUTE button to share your thoughts with us.

Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
Information Not Available

If you have any information regarding this climb, we'd like to hear from you. Click the CONTRIBUTE button to share your thoughts with us.

ROUTE MAP

MEMBER RATING

Not Yet Rated
-
Road
-
Traffic
-
Scenery

CURRENT WEATHER

PJAMM TRIPS ADVENTURE STARTER BUNDLES

Check out PJAMM Adventure's prepackaged (self-guided) cycling trips. They will help you plan, document and conquer your next adventure.
ALL TRIPS
Browse all of our prepackaged trips and find your next adventure!
Gran Canaria
Spain
17 ROUTES
10 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
215.8
mi
DISTANCE
61,983
ft
ELEV. GAIN
Tenerife
Spain
16 ROUTES
18 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
357.2
mi
DISTANCE
95,674
ft
ELEV. GAIN

NEARBY CLIMBS (0) RADIAL PROXIMITY

FROM
No Climbs Found

MEMBER REVIEWS & COMMENTS

Let us know what you thought of this climb. Signup for our FREE membership to write a review or post a comment.
Already have an account?
ROUTE MAP
PROFILE TOOL
Route Data
S.G. (%)
hide
Segment Data
hide

Climb Profile Not Found
CLIMB SUMMARY

narrow, one-lane mountain roadway in bad shape 

Cycling Valley of Tears, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Ride 12.6 kilometers gaining 1,070 meters at 8.4% average grade (9.1% climb only).

Roque Nublo (third highest point on the island) as seen just past Presa del Parralillo

Photographs on this page are contributed by PJAMM ambassadors Luke Hise, Lisa Irizarry, and Matthew Jiang.

Along with Pico de las Nieves, this is one of the most popular bike climbs on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, and one of the hardest, too.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist on Valley of Tears climb; road sign with map of mountain roadways, km markers

Summary from PJAMM Ambassador Matthew Jiang of New York, New York:

Valley of the Tears is a must do climb if you are here, but as all the blogs say, the pavement is not great. You can make it up in a road bike if you are careful and avoid the cracks in the road and loose gravel. I had 28mm tires and slipped a few times but was mostly fine.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclists riding on cracked and craggy roadway up the Valley of Tears climb, Canary Islands 

This is a desolate climb with little traffic and stark and stunning scenery.  

Photo collage shows PJAMM cyclists riding the approach to the dam at Presa del Parralillo 300 meters from the start of the climb.

The approach to the dam at Presa del Parralillo 300 meters from the start of the climb.

 view looking down volcanic mountainsides at set of four hairpin turns in roadway

These are a set of four hairpins beginning at 300 meters from climb start.

The dam is visible to your left as you climb.

photo collage shows stunning volcanic rock formations in the mountainsides along roadway

Stunning rock formation along this minimally-traveled road. 

67 meter rock pinnacle Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo top-center of bottom photo.

The 67 meter volcanic rock pinnacle is visible to the east at a few spots along the climb.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist smiling in front of road signs for El Juncal, Tejeda, El Toscon, El Carrizal, and more