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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

Mogan Road to Ayacata - GC 605

 

North-west coast - St Nicholas and Agaete

Galdar area

Maspalomas- Dunes and Beach

Tasarte - valley study

Wind Farm at Aringa

Volcanics  - Pico de Galdar and Montanon Negro area

Central caldera - Santa Lucia

Mogan - Ayacata Road

Fataga  Rocque Bentaya San Bartolome de Tirajana 

The Humid North

GC210 Acusa Artenara Road

Chira - valley of water and of fire

 

 

This road from GC 200 to Ayacata continues up the Mogan valley for a mile or so, through a patchwork boulders and of pines.

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Soon the road begins its forest course, winding up through zig-zags of increasingly severe gradients.

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Above the woodland a lay-by affords views to the west over the lower part of the valley and Mogan itself in the distance (right).

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This deep and impressive valley must only be enjoyed whilst stationary!

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Trees re-appear, but are only sparse in their extent; fire perhaps may be culling their growth, as seen from the crash barrier damage.

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The fire-swept valley sides .. and a reservoir on the west of the road.

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The climb is eventually rewarded by a vista to the west over the Presa de las Ninas Recreation Area. The area drew many visitors on this Sunday, but the reservoir was well drawn-down.

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Above the Presa de las Ninas Recreation Area  the valley gullies into Vee and pines do their best to cling onto the vertiginous slopes.

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Nearing Ayacata, see in the centre and on the right, the ground slopes become hummocky and are punctuated by large boulders.

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The route.

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Gran Canaria  Mogan Presa de las Ninas Recreation Area Ayacata GC 605 vegetation forests fires

 

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