Sierra de Aitana, circular and summit from Partegat, through the “Passet de la Rabosa”

Routes in the Sierra de Aitana

Ascent to the highest peak of the Alicante geography.

Routes in the Sierra de Aitana

With a height of 1,557 metres, the Sierra de Aitana is the highest elevation in Alicante’s geography. The “Sierra Madre” of the province, as some people call it, is home to different ecosystems of great environmental value, protected by micro-reserves of flora , as well as the European SCI (Site of Community Interest) and ZEPA (Zone of Special Protection for Birds).

Today we are going to know the classic route of ascent to the accessible summit of the “roof of the province of Alicante”, from the recreational area of the Font de Partegat (Benifato). We will look for the circular alternative, returning through the Port de Tagarina , on a day marked by the presence of snow , which almost every winter visits the highest areas of Aitana. Let’s start!

Data sheet

Route Summary

Aitana route with snow from Partegat

From the Font de Partegat recreational area, we ascend first by a track, and then a path, until we reach the plateau on which the Font de Forata stands. From there, we approach the Passet de la Rabosa , where after overcoming a small climb, we reach the Simas de Partegat and mountain range. We only have one last slope left until we reach the accessible “roof” of the Alicante province. The true geodesic vertex is within the military installations.

Track for GPS

Description and Photographs

March 5, 2011. At about 10 in the morning I arrive at the Font de Partegat , in Benifato, eager to start walking on the snow that has fallen in the last few hours in the Sierra de Aitana .

The Font de Partegat car park was packed to capacity, as is often the case on the rare occasions when our mountains are dressed in white.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

I face the first part of the ascent, along a forest track, between terraces of almond trees that are still in bloom, a sign that everything up here has a different rhythm.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

A little further on, the track becomes a path. As I gain altitude, the snow becomes more present. In this area, as usual, the terrain is quite muddy.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

Arriving at the Font de Forata , we return to the wide path. The antennas of the military installations appear on the summit of Aitana. The day reminds me a lot of the one we experienced in April 2009, the amount of snowfall is very similar.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

I arrive at the Font de la Forata , where I take the opportunity to recharge my batteries and visit one of the many snow wells in Aitana, next to the fountain itself. In the background appears the Sierra de la Serrella , which does not have a speck of snow on this occasion. Maybe next time.

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

From here, the huge walls of the Penya Alta de Aitana are very impressive. It is barely noticeable in the photo, but the two tiny figures at the top are actually two people peering into space.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

I am now heading towards the mythical “ Passet de la Rabosa ”, an area protected by a flora micro-reserve . In this section, the path flattens, until we reach the base of the pass and its chaos of blocks.

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

At the foot of the Pas de la Rabosa . Again two people appear “on the edge of the impossible.”

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

I arrive at Passet de la Rabosa , the most delicate point of the route: you have to overcome a small climb, and a narrow passage between large rocks. The snow is in good condition, there is no ice, and therefore there is no danger of slipping, so I decide to go up. Still, extreme precautions should be taken.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

Once at the top, the views are even more spectacular. If you look closely, to the right of the rocks you can see the Penya Forata , with its characteristic hole.

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

Bottom photo: one of the few views I could enjoy towards the bay of Alicante , with Cabo de la Huerta. Shortly after the fog covered everything…

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

After crossing the Simas de Partegat area , I head towards the accessible peak of Aitana.

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

Now yes, the fog definitely hijacks the landscape. Although you can not enjoy the views, this environment also has its charm.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

I reach the top! I take the opportunity to take a GPS reading at the top, and to eat something and drink before continuing the route.

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

From the summit, I return to the landing next to the abysses, and from there I start my way back towards the Port of Tagarina , walking along the rocky path that goes through the mountain range.

For a moment, the fog dissipates and allows me to photograph Puig Campana , also with some snow on its north face. Next to it appears the islet of Benidorm.

Aitana mountain range, summit hike from Partegat

After the stretch of path along the crest, which becomes somewhat long and uncomfortable, I finally reach Port de Tagarina. From there, I will follow the forest track in the direction of Font de Partegat.

But first, I take the opportunity to deviate and visit one of the best preserved snow wells in the Sierra de Aitana.

Aitana mountain range, Passet de la Rabosa

And now yes, it is time to return, and end the route. Back at the Font del Partegat. I’m the last, everyone has already left.

Aitana mountain range summit from Partegat

It’s what you have to take so many photos along the route, and take the mountain very calmly. Get the dance out of me”!

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Good practices
Respect other people and private property.
Respect flora, fauna and environment. Enjoy in Silence.
Always follow the trails. Tackling damages the environment.
Respect the Cultural Heritage (ruins, stone margins, etc).
Do not leave a trace of your passage, nor organic remains.
Find out, Plan and Equip yourself well to enjoy to the fullest.
Thanks!

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