The Roof of Valencia (Puebla de San Miguel)

19 – 20 of September

Let’s hike up to the “roof” of Valencian Community – Alto de la Barracas (or Cerro Calderón). This is a two day hike – on the first day we’ll hike up from Puebla de San Miguel to the peak and spend a night in a shelter. The next day we’ll come back down to the village.

  • Difficulty: medium/high (21km with 970m elevation gain); day 1 – 11km of ascent, day 2 – 10km of descent.
  • Technical level: medium (some scaling on the ascent).
  • Price: 25 euros (includes guide, transportation and insurance).
  • Meeting point: Mestalla, parking on av. Aragón, 14:00
  • Bring at least 2.5l of water, dinner and breakfast, sleeping bag and mat, warmer clothes, sunscreen and hiking shoes.

Trail on Wikiloc / Official Brochure

Alto de las Barracas

Alto de las Barracas, also known as Cerro Calderón, is considered the “roof” of the Valencian Community given its elevation of 1,837 meters above sea level. Despite the fact that Penyagolosa continues to be the most well-known peak, the truth is that the top of Alto de las Barracas rises some 20 meters above it. We will find this mountain in Rincón de Ademuz region, within the province of Valencia, integrated into Javalambre mountain range. It is, therefore, an excellent place for enthusiasts of hiking and a great route for all those who already have some experience in this type of activities.
The route that we will take to get to Alto de las Barracas is PRV 131.8, a circular route that starts from Puebla de San Miguel passing by different enclaves from where we can contemplate breathtaking views of the entire area. Alto de Las Barracas route departs from the village to later head towards Mas del Olmo, passing through the Shrine of San Roque and taking an upward course. The hardest part of the entire route will begin when we begin the ascent along Senda del Vizco. We continue towards Collado del Buey and take a detour that indicates Cerro Calderón, having to cross Barranco de la Hoz. After passing Barranco de la Casica, it will be the time to take the Camino de la Ballbuena to the Millenary Sabines, a spectacular group of junipers, more than eight centuries old. The Fuente del Javandal and Barranco del Chorro are the next decisive points before returning again to Puebla de San Miguel, where our hike ends….

Collado del Buey Shelter

Refugio del Collado del Buey is located in the municipality of Puebla de San Miguel in Rincón de Ademúz (Valencia) on the same mountain pass with the same name. It is located next to a forest track which can be accessed either from Puebla de San Miguel itself or from Camarena de la Sierra via the Matahombres road. It is located in the middle of the Camarena – Javalambre – Calderón – Camarena crossing and is ideal for spending the night if you do this itinerary in two days. You can also access this refuge by following the PR-V-131.8 markings that departs from Arcos de las Salinas (2h35) and Puebla de San Miguel (2h15).
The shelter is a small stone cabin with a tile roof on the outside and branches inside, it has a small fireplace in which you can light a small fire but be very careful not to light the roof of the cabin. It does not have any bunk-type comfort, inside there is only a small bench to sit on. It belongs to the City Hall of Puebla de San Miguel….

La Puebla de San Miguel


The trip to Puebla de San Miguel allows us to discover the charm of a small town, whose inhabitants have been struggling for years to survive, since the difficult living conditions imposed by adverse weather, precarious communications and unpleasant dry farming have led to an alarming decline in the number of inhabitants. La Puebla de San Miguel, with a municipal area of 63’7 square kilometers and with about 70 inhabitants, holds the “record” of being the town with the lowest population density.
Its great touristic argument is the natural and scenic wealth existing in the municipal area, where some of the main peaks of the Valencian Community are found: the aforementioned Cerro Calderón, Alto del Gavilán (1,747 meters of altitude), Tortajada (1,515 meters), etc. In addition, there is rich vegetation in these mountains, with thick forests of red pine, holm oaks, junipers, maples, etc. The juniper forests are especially significant, the most important in the Valencian lands. It is a pleasure to contemplate some junipers that have been classified as “monumental trees” due to their large size and age in the mountains of Puebla de San Miguel …..

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