Erstellt 24.08.2012

18193 Monachil, Granada, Andalucía
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19,61 km

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Another one-way one-day trip in the Sierra Nevada which is one of the most challenging trails of the north side. This trail can be done without car but public transport going to Pradollano from Granada and going back to Granada from Guejar Sierra. 

 
The Valle del Rio Guarnon is one of the more isolated or lonely valleys around the big peaks of the Sierra Nevada. In fact be prepared to walk the trail all by your own since more then half of it is without any marked signs. Even the stone pile markers are found only here and then. 
 
The trail starts from Pradollano or better from the parking lot near the Albergue del la Universidad. This is were to park the car or the bus from Granada will drop you off. The first part before the descent into the Valley of Rio Guarnon is nothing much else but walking 800 meters up in direction of the Pico Veleta. In peak hiking season there are a lot of people walking up to see the Veleta so it feel like a procession rather.
 
A good 350 meters below the Veleta is the entry into the Valley. But beware - there are two ways to go down. Unless you are experienced you should go the easy way which is going the marked trail into the, in summer still covered with snow, north flank of the Veleta. You cant miss it since the trail is pretty visible. The other way means  DANGER  since you will go down the Tunnel del Veleta. The 150 meter descent through an almost vertical wall should be done only when experienced - there are no clear indications where to go down. There are also no ropes no steps no nothing. Its freeclimbing on slippery rocks and gravel in between. Once you slip thats it!
 
Once you have reached the green meadows of the upper valley the next 3-4 km do mean looking for the best way down since there is no visible trail - only rocks and gravel. Apart from that you will get rewarded with silence and impressive views while walking down the encapsulated Valle of Rio Guarnon. 
 
A good 5 km from the highest point is where you will leave the Valley to walk parallel to a topo line of 1900m onto to the ridge of the Tajo de Chorreras Negras almost to the Cortijos del Hornillo. This part is the most beautiful since you have views on Veleta and the peaks around Mulhacen. Through a very beautiful oak forest meeting the camino de estrellas the adventure is almost done.
 
After meeting the camino de estrellas its takes another 7 km to reach the end point and the road which will bring you to Guejar Sierra. The 7 km will be but tough though since after descending almost 1700m your feet are going to hurt. 
 
This Trail is probably the fastest way to adventure if you dont have a car and want to have it in one day. But remember this one is also one of the more dangerous ones. Enjoy!
 
Tips:
How to get there an from: 
 
In Summer there is only one bus to Pradollano from the Granada Main Bus Station. It leaves at 9.00 AM. Dont miss it. In Winter there are busses every hour but you should only go if you know what you do. The last bus from Guejar Sierra to Granada leaves at around 21:00 PM. Plenty of time for 20 KM. You can try to hitchhike from the trails end point to Guejar Sierra because the last bit is quite long.
 
If you miss the bus back to Granada you can call a taxi in any of the bars in Guejar Sierra. It will cost you around 25 EUR but be prepared to share a beer or two with the locals.
 
You can also leave the car at Pradollano and pick it up next day with the bus from Granada. In peak summer time its better to go the trail in the later afternoon times arriving at the camino de estrellas by night fall. 
 
Take good shoes! the descent in the valley is tough. Straining your ankle is most probable. Also best not to go alone.
 
And remember - Dont d o the descent through the Tunnel del Veleta unless you know what you are doing and your are not alone! It is dangerous!

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Erstellt 19.05.2012

18413 Capileira, Granada, Andalucía
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16,18 km

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Another variation in Poqueira Valley above Capileira is the Valle de Toril circular route. With 16 KM length and a duration of 5-6 hours the perfect option if you bring enough time and do feel like more action then the usual Cebadilla circular which will be only 7-8 KM. If you are looking for a seclude trail off the beaten track this may be for you as the Valle de Toril is on of the quietest trail you will encounter on this side of the Sierra Nevada.

Once you have reached the highest point, follow the water channel all the way to its end and return on the other side of the hill. Since you follow the water flowing downwards you are basically walking on even level the perfect walk with great view and guaranteed animal encounters as usually very few people walk here. If you are attentive and quite you could encounter wild boars, foxes and the very rare genet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genet_(animal)). Especially in April with lots of snow left the chances are very high.

The trail is rather easy to walk. There are some heavy landslides on one side of the hill and passing while in midst of rain can be very dangerous. If you are walking during winter time bring good and waterproof shoes - everything is going to be wet. A good tip is to carry waterproof socks since having solid heavy boots can be a load to. Just remember temperatures in Spring can differ from 25 degrees in altitudes of 1000 M and 5 degrees above 2000 M. Once the sun goes and it gets foggy the mountains here can become a nightmare.

Enjoy!

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Erstellt 07.05.2012

18410 Soportújar, Granada, Andalucía
Länge

26,09 km

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This is the perfect Alpujarra round trip for everyone with a little more time then just the usual "Three Pueblos" trip in the Poqueira Valley, namely the "Cebadilla" route in Capileira. Instead of "only" walking alongside the Poqueira River this trip will first bring you to Rio Chico River - both of these Valles high up there in top "must-see" list of the Sierra Nevada area.

 
The trip with good 25 KM is perfect in spring and late summer as in peak summer season it will be too hot to walk as so many others here in southern spain. 
 
You need a car for this trip because the entry point is way above Orgiva. In fact it  takes a good 30 mins. from the road to Capileira to the Puente Palo. The road is almost all the time accesible. You should consider tough that for its most parts its a dirt track with sometimes heavy potholes. If you are not moving around in a lowered sports cars you should be ok - or as long you have 30-40 cm play and are adventures all is good. I have seen people driving Opel Corsas up the same road.
 
The first part of the route will take you along the Rio Chico Valley with its pristine  pine forests and unspoiled nature until you meet the GR-7 route at the large dam you see on one of the photos. It seems that the dam was constructed to catch the debris/rocks so that the river will not become a wild ravine ragging through Orgiva or if its use was to be a water reservoir once. 
 
From there its just a small jump to Soportujar following from here on the GR-7 long distance path all the way to Pampaneira. From Pampaneira up the Pocqueira until you meet the "official" path leading you to Puente Palo. There are at least 2 shortcuts to meet the same path going up straight from Pampaneira in direction of the Oseling Buddhist Monastery and if you are lucky you will make it less time then the official route. There are no signs - just your nose. 
 
Once you reached the highest point of the trip above the Monastery we are back again on the most beautiful part of the track following the Acequia de Almira leading to Puente Palo (see http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=878233 for more pictures)
 
Tips:
If you turn off to drive up to Puento Palo on the road to Capileira and you see big yellow signs saying the road is closed or inaccessible you have three options:
 
1) Think un-spanish and make another trip somewhere else
2) Think spanish and ignore all signs
3) Think german and ignore all signs to go as far as you can and connect with the route from somewhere else
 
The part from Pampaneira up to the crossing to Puente Palo is/can be tricky because there have been a) landslides b) there are many small paths/tracks from sheeps/goats you may go astray. Just remember what ever goes down to the river will not bring you up again as there is no path in the bottom of the Poqueira Valley. If you are not sure where to go - Look for the path with the most foot prints.
 
Pictures: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/105726765340731413642/PuentePaloSopotujarCapileria?authuser=0&feat=directlink

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Erstellt 27.02.2012

04149 Níjar, Agua Amarga, Almería, Andalucía
Länge

8,81 km

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A must see must do day trip for everybody traveling in northern Andalucia is the Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve Park.  

 
Not all of Cabo de Gata is under the national park and it could be well said that the part under protection is the most beautiful and unspoiled part. The nature park spans a approximate 45 KM distance walkable from Agua Amarga up to the "Torre de los Lobos" to the south of Las Negras. All of it is fairly easy to walk.  A must, a must do because you will see the most beautiful beaches along the Andalusian cost line since some of them are not accesible by car.
 
Walking through the desert like landscape is a real treat and you will find some very interesting fauna and flora. The water around the nature park is also a marine reserve so if you are lucky you will also see normally unseen creatures in the sea. The views are stunning in every direction - inlands into Europe's one an only desert the Tabernas and its offshoots and of course the blue and endless bathtub like Mediterranean waters. Especially a treat in early morning and when the sun goes down.
 
This trip is a relaxing day trip with plenty of time to dip in the pool. You can walk the way until San Pedro and return the same way. There is no other way back! Or you could pitch a tent in San Pedro and walk the rest the next day. It is not that easy with public transportation - especially in off season. There is a bus from Las negras but on weekends connections are very limited if at all. The best thing is really to just walk, take a backup tent and see where the wind carries you. The path are all good and walkable and can be even walked at night. It its recommended not to walk in summer because its too hot and there is only water  in a few places. As in the Sierra Nevada National Park it is also allowed to pitch a tent for a night if i doesnt look like you are going to stay there for long. 
 
Choosing San Pedro as the destination or even staying there, can be very interesting provided you are open for alternative ways of living. San Pedro being a Hippie retreat since many many decades has a unique charm of its own. And a lot of the houses, paths, fields and gardens are being taken care of with much love and patience if you consider everything is brought by boat only. According to hearsay the people of San Pedro had their hands in the game when the natural park was founded and boundaries were set.
 
We are all very thankful that these place still exist on the spanish coast. Enjoy the trip.
 

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