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The classic route to the summit of Penyagolosa, the roof of Castellón

In the interior of the province of Castellón, between the towns of Vistabella del Maestrazgo and Villahermosa del Río, a natural area of great beauty and diversity awaits us. We are talking about the Peñagolosa Natural Park, which offers a wide variety of hiking routes that take us to visit its most hidden corners. One of these routes is the Climbing the Penyagolosa, the mountain that gives its name to the park. This route allows us to enjoy the different landscapes that characterise this area of Castellón, full of contrasts, valleys, plains and rugged mountains.

Where the route to the Peñagolosa begins

As you can imagine, there are several ways to Climbing the Penyagolosa. We can do it from Villahermosa del Río, although this option is quite physically and technically demanding. Or we can follow the classic route that starts at the Sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa, although there are also other options that allow us to adapt the route to our tastes.​

How to get to the Sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa

To get to the sanctuary we have to go to Vistabella del Maestrazgo, on the road that connects this town with Linares de Mora, as soon as we leave Vistabella, we will find the road that takes us to the Sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa. Once there, there are several parking areas, the first one just before arriving and where the path begins. The second one is already in the sanctuary, where you will also find the interpretation centre of the natural park.

Itinerary of the Climbing the Penyagolosa

From the Sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa to the Corralico 2.8 km

The Sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa (0h 00min) is our starting point for this climb to the summit of Peñagolosa. We follow the path that brought us here for a few metres to find the signs that show us the route. We take a path that quickly takes us to the Pegunta ravine, which we go up following the path that runs along it. This section of the route coincides with the Botanical Path, which makes this beautiful stretch of the route even more enjoyable.

If we are lucky we will also be accompanied by the stream that runs through the ravine.

The somewhat rocky path takes us to the area around the Font de la Pegunta. After visiting this spot, we continue our route and come to a fork in the path. On this occasion, both options lead us to the same point, although the most followed option is the one to our left. This option takes us to the track that we had previously left and which coincides with the route of the PR-CV 79 that goes from Lucena del Cid to San Joan de Penyagolosa. We continue ascending along the track until we reach the Corralico (1h 05min) or Llano de la Banyadera, where we join the other option that we rejected at the fork.

From the Corralico to the summit of Penyagolosa 1.6 Km

On this esplanade we can already see the signs indicating the path to follow to tackle the final stretch of the ascent. The vegetation begins to disappear as we reach the small refuge of the Caseta de l'Ombría. The slope has been steep for some time now and we have to make an effort to continue advancing. As it could not be otherwise, the zigzags that the route draws are continuous, allowing us to face the slope with less effort. With each step we take it is shown before us the summit of Penyagolosa (2h 30min), or rather the summits, as there are two. The geodesic vertex awaits us on one, which we can climb, and on the other is the small hut of the antennas. Between the two peaks we can see the channel that characterises the ascent, which takes place on the steep slope opposite to the one we climbed.

From the summit of the Peñagolosa to the Sanctuary 5.1 Km

After enjoying this colossus and the views it offers, we begin the descent along the same route we ascended. When you reach the Corralico, turn off the path and continue to the left towards the Mas de la Cambreta. This route is a little longer, but it is compensated by the new landscapes that we are going to discover. We must keep our eyes peeled as we will have a few more options, which will lengthen the route even more. On our route, when we reach Mas de la Cambreta, we will have to turn right and, with the farmhouse behind us, descend towards the Font de la Cambreta, leaving the path that leads to the Dark Ravine after skirting the houses. The path continues its course after passing the Font de Cambreta, with a ravine on either side of it. This path joins the PR CV 79 and together we reach the Sanctuary of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa (3h 30min), where this beautiful hiking route in the province of Castellón comes to an end.

Advice on how to do the Penyagolosa Ascent

1-Initially, it is not a route with great difficulties, although we do have to overcome quite a steep slope and the occasional steep ramp.

2-Be cautious in the summit area, the southern slope is quite steep and vertical.

3-As with all activities, it is important to be properly equipped and to bring enough food and water.

4-You have different routes within the natural park, in the interpretation centre you have all the necessary information.

Waypoints of the route
1-Sant Joan de Penyagolosa Sanctuary 0:00h 1275m 0km 30T 725048 4459006
2-Corralico 1:05h 1509m 2.8Km 30T 725525 4456819
3-Penyagolosa 2:30h 1801m 4.4Km 30T 725504 4455854

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Climbing the Penyagolosa

Profile of the Climbing the Penyagolosa

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 9.5Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 3:30h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Medium

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 1168m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 584m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 584m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1801m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 1275m


Topographical map of the Ascent to the Penyagolosa

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 592-1, 592-2, 592-3 y 592-4 1:25.000".

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Peñagolosa is the highest mountain in Castellón and the second highest in the Comunitat Valenciana, only surpassed by Cerro Calderón or Alto de las Barrancas with 1838 m of altitude.

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The visit to the interpretation centre of the Penyagolosa Natural Park, where you can discover the different features that characterise it. You can also take the opportunity to visit the sanctuary.


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