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This the name of the highest road in Europe, across the Sierra Nevada. When we were there 2 1/2 years ago the NP guards wouldn't let private vehicles past the car park on the Eastern side at about 2500m. Only licenced passenger transport vehicles and construction traffic were allowed through (juggernauts!). :-( I have no idea what they were building up there, but it must be BIG. I believe the Eastern side is all tarmac, but a friend reported the Western side a few years ago was dirt, rough and steep.
If it's open it's only passable for a few weeks a year, otherwise it is snowed in.
Viamichelin shows the top part of the Eastern section as closed/prohibited.
We have found that year that a lot of roads marked in green on Michelin maps in National Parks have been closed to private traffic.
Sorry, but if this road turns out to be closed permanently then the French have it now right by default: they claim that the Col de Restefond-La Bonette is the highest pass in Europe. It's a tad over 2800m and only about 110km from us. :-) Well worth seeing, but go slow and you get to see Marmots in the grass.
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,
If the Veleta is closed , the highest road -open to traffic- in Europe should be in Italy the Sommeiller Pass, 3005 metres north of Bardonecchia - all dirt/gravel - but is a "cul-de-sac" route since is possible to arrive at the pass , but only foottrails to go further on the other (French) side
Interesting note : the Col de la Bonette is so high because the French made a special detour to arrive higher than the Stelvio pass ...the "real" Col de la Bonette is slightly lower...
Should be no problem ...But fun! during Stella Alpina is made by a lot of street bike also (Once evn a GoldWing arrived on top ..) but beware : the road it's not maintained and conditions may changes a lot after heavy rains or snowfall; the ex-military road was well designed and built (no more than 12,5% ascent) but sometimes may be very rutted ..all stones and boulder.
In every case , it's worth the trip, also for the surrounding zone that is full of nice dirt roads (Mt. Jafferau, Assietta, Lac Gignod etc..)
Ah : the mountain Hut at half route is a very good place to eat , with a nice grass plain to put the tent.
AnteK: make sure you go at the height of summer. The Stella Alpina rally is held in August. The first time I went there the top of the road had only just been cleared of snow (1.5 m either side), the second time it was blocked by snow.
Oh yes: at the bottom of the road is the infamous traffic sign: "No Bikes"!
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,
yes been up there in august 1987 on a Honda CL 250.
A tarmac road from Grenada thence. I don´t think they took the asfalt away.
Would´t know about the other side coz I slept on the summit and went back to Grenada.
beddhist: I intend go end of June/ begining of July. Seems like early season to go up there, road will probably be cover with mud and snow, but i can try. I guees that the best period is middle of August. Do you know where I can buy a detalil map of that region?
Goetz: seems like Veleta is closed for bikes from both sides, and I need a special permission to go on top from north side from Grenada. Permisson I can get, I contacted bikers down there, but also, weather conditions allows you to climb up there not before July.
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