The Pico de las Nieves is with 1949m the highest point of Gran Canaria. During our holiday in December 2012 we wanted to cycle up there from Maspalomas which is at sea level.
Because of the early sunset we had only 10 hours in total - from 8am to 6pm. We did not know if it possible to cycle the whole way in 10 hours - but we gave it a try. We decided to turn around at 3pm no matter how far we have got.
So we started in Maspalomas at 8am. We cycled the coast road up to Arguineguin - always up and down. In the roundabout before Arguineguin we turned right and cycled up to Soria. In Soria after about 1.5 hours we had our breakfast break.
From there on we had to share the road with a cycle race, but that was a lot of fun. We cycled up many many turns until we arrived at a crossroad. We turned left on the GC-605 in the direction of Preso de las Ninas. We passed the lake and took another break before continuing the ascend to Ayacata. Now it was about 2pm. Ayacata is the last village before Roque Nublo and Pico de la Nieves. We took no break but continued to cycle up to Roque Nublo. Only 30 minutes later we arrive the landmark of Gran Canaria. We took a short break and decide to continue to Pico de la Nieves. After one more hour - at 2:50pm - we arrive at the highest point of Gran Canaria! The view is amazing! You can see Roque Nuble and the Teide which is the highest mountain of Spain on Tenerife.
There is a kiosk on top of the Pico de la Nieves. The owner hugs and congratulates us and gives each of us a banana for free. We enjoy the view and take phots. But after a 10 minutes break we have to leave again to continue our way back down to the beach.
The way back follows the way we came for about 30 minutes. Then after Ayacata we take the other direction and cycle down to the Embalse de Chiara. From there we continue on a mountainbike trail. There is a bit of a way up on gravel but then we can enjoy the downhill ride. At about 5pm we leave the mountainbike trail and continue on road GC-604. After another hour of almost only downhill riding we arrive at 6pm - just in time - back at our hotel in Maspalomas. That was a great day and a really worthwhile cycling trip! 🙂