Our hiking map of the Cabo de Gata natural park shows many hiking trails and routes criss-crossing the low peaks and volcanic ridgelines of the area, but surprisingly none that extend to the summit of El Fraile. When we had hiked around the massif, during our loop along the Rambla de Pozo de los Frailes to San Jose and back along the GR92 trail running along the coast, we had seen a handful of trails heading up onto the El Fraile massif, but all that appeared on our map were a few dotted red lines that ended on the lower slopes.
We sat to enjoy our lunch and whiled away more than an hour in the cool breeze as the occasional cloud drifted by and we tried to capture the wonderful scene in photos. We could have sat there all day and contemplated what a wonderful place this would be to watch a sunset, although we did eventually tear ourselves away to retrace our steps back to our camping. The trail was actually easier to follow heading downhill. The only hard part was saying goodbye to that amazing view at the summit.
Motorhome Base - Camping Los Escullos
Start/ End Point: Camping Los Escullos - El Fraile - Camping Los Escullos
Total Distance: approx 6km
Time it took us: 2 hours (excluding sitting time)
Level: Moderate (plus one 100m steeper section)
Map: Editorial Alpina: Cabo de Gata Nijar 1:50.000
10 Reasons to Visit the Cabo de Gata -Nijar Natural Park - Andalucia, Spain
12 Places to Visit and Things To Do in Cabo de Gata Natural Park
10 Hiking and Walking Routes in the Cabo de Gata - Nijar Natural Park