|Cid from Petrer
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
The whole route is hiked on a good path.
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (May 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars around trail head.|
|Start height||625 metres|
|Vertical metres||525 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.0 km|
Assume your starting point is Alicante. Drive north-west on road A31, a little more than 30 km for Alicante. When signed for "Petrer" and "Industrial Salinetas" exit right from road A31. After having left A31 you will almost immediately meet a road, and you turn right onto this road. Ignore the first exit right after this, but exit right onto the second road, just before the road continues under the bridge.
Drive this road 400 metres and turn right when you see a small sign for "Cumbre del Cid". You should now stay on this road for 2.3 km (the sign says 2.7 km) to trail head. Make sure you fork left at km=0.9 from the sign, fork right at km=1.2, and fork right at km=1.9. When you arrive trail head either park at the small car park or, if no room at the car park, park along the road.
Start walking by heading east towards the gravel road, and then exit right onto a path signed for "Cumbre del Cid" immediately after joining the gravel road. This path, marked with white and yellow paint, can be followed all the way to the summit. In some places you will find steeper short-cuts between the zigzags of the path, and these are all OK to use. The summit is marked by a large pile of stones.
Note that it is possible to continue a few tens of metres further north-east from the summit, but you need to be careful if bringing kids or if there is fog since the vertical drop is several hundreds of metres.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
09. May 2010
This spring hadn't been easy when it comes to flying, thanks to the volcanic activities at Iceland and the resulting ash in the air, and when we were due to fly to Spain on 8th May there were problems again. A number of airports in Spain got closed, but Alicante remained in operation, and the air space above central Europe was open for traffic. Hence we managed to get to Alicante with only some minor delays.
This Sunday started with the usual game of tennis and a quick swim, before breakfast. After breakfast I slowly started to organise myself for a hike, not sure what mountain to take on. At the end I decided to visit Cid and was on my way a little before 11, which should have meant I would start my hike latest 11:30. But I messed up a bit, in terms of navigation, on the motorway, and when I finally made it to Petrer I had major problems finding a road that would take me relatively close to the mountain. When I tried the last possible road towards Cid I wasn't very optimistic, but this changed dramatically after 400 metres driving when I found a sign pointing towards the mountain. After this there were no more navigational issues, and I could enjoy a very nice hike, in warm and sunny conditions.
Along the path towards the summit I met a number of hikers, including close to ten bikers. I assume this route is much better suited for cycling than the route from Håvikmyrane to Håvikhornet back home, where Elisabeth and me met a biker coming down last summer, but most of the bikers I met today were walking besides their bikes, at least where I met them.
At the summit I was met with the usual haze, but the views were still fine.
After taking some summit photos I proceed along to the north wall of Cid to have
a look down into the valley and to see if there were alternative routes back to
the car; it didn't take me long to understand that getting down the north wall
would require a rope or a parachute, so I returned via my ascent route.