|Mediana from Alcoraya
|Estimated net time||1 hour|
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (May 2012).|
|Parking||Room for a couple of cars at trail head.|
|Start height||168 metres|
|Vertical metres||240 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||3.1 km|
Mediana trail head by Alcoraya.
From Alicante drive approximately 10 km north on road A31 towards Madrid, from junction 17B on road A70. Turn right onto road Cv-824 and from where Cv-824 leaves A31 drive 6.2 km. In a left curve, at the start of a long straight section of the road, find parking on the right hand side of the road.
From where you have parked walk a few metres along the road and turn right onto a gravel road heading towards Mediana. Follow this gravel road 500 metres, almost up to a house, and turn right onto a vague path running almost parallel with the gravel road. This path soon gets more defined, and will take you up on the right hand side of the small top located between the two higher tops. When the terrain levels out the path fades away, and you should turn 90° left and aim for the top towards north-east. Follow the centre of the ridge and you will soon find a vague path, which will take you up to the summit, marked by a small cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
10. May 2012
I had decided not to spend "hours" in the car this Thursday, and hence wanted to hike a mountain close to our base at Gran Vista. The only one that seemed to be on was Mediana, and from various maps it looked possible to find an acceptable route up from the quarry. But when I got there I was disappointed to find high fences and signs I interpreted as "keep off". My first reaction was to just return back to Gran Vista, but I decided to drive around to the west side to see if I could find an off-path route that didn't look too steep or had too much bush. Eventually I found a gravel road that would take me to the base of the mountain, and from there it looked like the summit would be doable.
As I walked along the gravel road I thought I could see something that looked like a narrow path heading up the west slopes of the mountain, and when I got closer I got this confirmed. And it turned out that this was indeed a fine path, which took me all the way up to the saddle at 310 metres. From here it was easy walking up to the summit, which held a nice little stone cairn.
After a short stay at the summit I headed back down to the car and the drive
back to Gran Vista.