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How to get there: Drive on the CV-752 to Denia. At the fourth roundabout turn right on the Avenida de Alicante. After a couple of hundred meters turn right on Avinguda del Montgo. Follow the signposts for "Hospital", which lead you to the right, until you reach the Cami Pou de la Muntanya. Drive on this road, which crosses the rails, about 1.5 kilometers and you see a sign "PRV 152". Keep going uphill on the Cami Pujada, Rutes Montgo and Camino de Subida until the road ends about one kilometer further up. On the left hand side of the road you find parking place. (Roadmap of Marina Alta)

Distance: 5h38min/15.5 km

 

Start by the large information board on the Montgo Natural Park (115 m) by taking the concrete road which immediately turns into a track. When the track forks (13 min) (180 m), bend left for "Cova del Camiell" and "Cova de L'Aigua". About three minutes later you find a signpost pointing right uphill to the Aigua Cave. You can visit the cave and then continue on the track.

Following the track ignore all paths that go left downhill. The track narrows and turns into a path (1h13min) (210 m), that crosses a gorge and starts climbing the slope of Montgo. You meet an information board with the text "Creuta Cim, 735 m". When the path forks (1h23min) (245 m), keep right. Follow the white-yellow waymarks and poles. At the crosspaths go straight ahead. Follow the curves of the path without taking shortcuts. The soil is vulnerable to erosion and people who take shorcuts leave new stony paths behind. Especially on weekends you meet large groups on this very popular route.

The path gets steeper and starts to follow the ridge of Montgo (2h23min) (600 m). Splodges of red paint guide you. After the ridge, you zigzag a steep slope, but then it gets easier.  From the top (2h55min) (750 m) you enjoy fine views over Javea and Denia to the sea. If the weather is clear, you can descern the Ibiza island in the east over the Cape of San Antonio. Looking south you see the monolith Ifach rising from the sea. From southeast to southwest the panorama encompasses the mountains of Olta, Bernia, Puig Campana, Aixorta with Aitana behind it, and Serrella dominate the view. In the West, La Safor is the dominant mountain. If you have picnic on the top, small birds are probably going to join you.

Continue on the path and after a couple of minutes turn left downhill. When the path forks (3h05min) (670 m) take the path in the middle with a discoloured white-yellow waymark, not the path on your left, nor the path on your right.

Immediately after the path starts ascending again (3h21min) (590 m), you find a path that forks right to the cross you can see on top of the mountain. You can visit the cross, but then return back to this point. Do not continue on the path that goes on from the cross. It would lead you back to the starting point of this route, but is very difficult.

Following the main path you start to descend (3h32min) (610 m) and reach an information board with arrows (4h10min) (480 m). The upper part of the board is missing and therefore it is very confusing. Do not pay attention to it, but take the path right downhill. This steep path comes to Racó del Pou where it forks (4h40min) (325 m). Go left. You reach the track (5h03min) (175 m) on which you return to the fork with the signs for "Cova del Camell" and "Cova de L'Aigua" (5h26min) (180 m). Bend left and continue downhill back to the starting point (5h38min).


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