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Alto de la Agenzana 17.8 km

Circular MTB route in the Sierra de Cameros, La Rioja, Spain starting in the village El Rasillo. The first part from El Rasillo to the Alto de la Agenzana is a nice comfortable climb with two steeper parts, particularly the last meters of the climb to the highest point, with the antenna, are a challenge, feasible for some but not for all I guess. Some will have to walk a couple of meters. After the antenna there are nice descents to Ortigosa. From Ortigosa to the Ham Factory Monte Nevado in El Rasillo it goes nicely up and down, after the Ham Factory, a surprise, a short single track to the village of El Rasillo.

You can find a ‘selfietsie’ (‘fiets’ is the Dutch word for bike) on YouTube, taken during the first, rather steep, descent just after the antenna. However, I experienced a problem with the action camera, … , you will notice.

El Rasillo – Alto de la Agenzana – Ortigosa de Cameros – El Rasillo

Distance: 17.8 km; Up: 891 m; Down: 891 m; Highest: 1746 m; Lowest: 1034 m

You can find more information about this route on Wikiloc, including the GPX file.

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Climbing from El Rasillo to the Alto de la Agenzana, here along the Arroyo de la Agenzana

Climbing from El Rasillo to the Alto de la Agenzana, here along the Arroyo de la Agenzana (april).

Climbing from El Rasillo to Agenzana 2

A little bit further, still climbing from El Rasillo to the Alto de la Agenzana, still along the Arroyo de la Agenzana (april).

Climbing from El Rasillo to Agenzana 3

A small open area at 1622 metres altitude (april).

2016Aug3 Agenzana 24mm Panorama small

The same open area at 1622 metres altitude, from another point of view in summer (august).

Reaching the Alto de Agenzana

After passing this fence, the last steep climb presents itself on the left (april).

Alto de Agenzana with the antenna at the highest point

A steep climb to an altitude of 1746 metres, the antenna at the Alto de la Agenzana marks this highest point (april).

Start of the descent from the Alto de Agenzana

Start of the descent from the Alto de la Agenzana, just after leaving the antenna (april).

Still snow on the mountains at the end of april 2

A view still close to the highest point, there is still snow on the higher mountains on the background at the end of april.

Still snow on the mountains at the end of april 3

A view still close to the highest point, there is still snow on the higher mountains on the background at the end of april.

Still snow on the mountains at the end of april

A view still close to the highest point, there is still snow on the higher mountains on the background at the end of april.

Descent from Agenzana to Ortigosa

Descending to Ortigosa (april).

Descent from Agenzana to Ortigosa last part

Just before reaching the end of the descent, very close to Ortigosa (april).

Between Ortigosa and El Rasillo 3

From Ortigosa to El Rasillo is a short distance, still with nice scenery (april).

Between Ortigosa and El Rasillo

From Ortigosa to El Rasillo is a short distance, still with nice scenery (april).

Single track between Ham factory and El Rasillo

The surprise: a short single track after passing the Ham Factory Monte Nevado (april).

ElRasillo with church and tree

Old elm tree in front of the Church in El Rasillo de Cameros (april),