MONTÓN DE TRIGO
Distance: 8,8 km
Maximum Height: 333,2 m
Minimum height: 218,8 m
Positive slope (round): 26,9 m
Difference negative (return): 108,5 m
Estimated time: 2 horas y 30 minutos
Route Type: One way going and return paths
This route starts from the village of Zarza la Mayor, leading to the River Erjas, which acts as a natural border with Portugal in this area. It is a relatively short path with very interesting scenery, including, among other things, a beautiful panorama at the river at the end.
The first part runs along the gully Cañada Real de Gata (coinciding with the route of the same name) through a largely livestock farming landscape of stone walls. After leaving the gully, the route starts to descend towards the river along a tiny path parallel to the stream of La Grera, where it becomes increasingly steep until it crosses a footpath and leads into an area of granite formations, with lots of Holm oaks (Quercus ilex subsp. Ballota), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus) and nettle trees (Celtis australis). Finally, it crosses a small gully with willows (Salix sp.) and ash trees (Fraxinus angustifolia) formed by the stream before it flows into the River Erjas. A metal footbridge has been built here so you can get to the viewpoint over the river. It’s a good spot to enjoy the plants that grow in cracks in rocks, which are Friar’s cowl (Arisarum simorrhinum), ferns (Polypodium cambricum, Cheilanthes hispanica) and docks (Rumex induratus).
It is easy to see large birds of prey throughout almost all the route, and particularly in the last part, such as Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), Bonelli’s Eagles (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus), Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus) or Common buzzards (Buteo buteo), as well as Black Storks (Ciconia nigra) and lots of small birds such as European Serins (Serinus serinus), European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), Sardinian Warblers (Sylvia melanocephala) or Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes).
Half MIDE: The medium is not free from risks
Itinerary MIDE: Paths or signaling that indicates continuity
MIDE displacement: Walking in bridle paths