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This guidebook describes 45 day walks and multi-day treks in the Sierra Nevada range in southern Spain. The area provides great scope for the adventurous mountain traveller covering the Alta Montana, the Baja Montana, the Alpajurras valley and the Marquesado Forest. The routes vary in length from 3km to several days.
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The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Spain and provides tremendous scope for the adventurous mountain traveller: there are rugged peaks that rise to more than 3000m (Alta Montana), and the lower peaks of the Baja Montana also provide a spectacular walking location. The unfrequented valleys of the Alpajurras and the Marquesado Forest offer walkers a seclusion that is becoming rare in the Alps or Pyrenees.
Walking in the Sierra Nevada contains detailed route descriptions for 45 walking routes, from 3km day walks to multi-day treks in both the high and the lower areas of the range. Many of the routes can be linked together to form a longer outing and certain sections of some routes can be used as an approach to another. Unless stated otherwise in the text, route descriptions assume summer conditions.
This guidebook describes walking routes of various degrees of difficulty, from easy evening or half-day outings up to arduous multi-day mountain expeditions. Information on the road and track network is also included and this will be valuable to motorists who wish to access the remote parts of the range, and mountain bikers who may wish to incorporate unsurfaced tracks and roads into their itineraries.
The multi-day routes and longer walks described will not disappoint. The six routes described are merely a suggested selection from the almost limitless possibilities. The long-day routes assume a high level of fitness, competence and motivation as well as good conditions. Winter elevates all those routes to – with the exception of Route 42 – to expedition status. The multi-day routes are split into fairly relaxed day stages and there is no reason why the day routes could not be tackled in a more leisurely fashion over two days.
Unfortunately the updated list of refuges that the author supplied for inclusion in the 2015 reprinting of this guide did not make it into the reprinted book.
The correct version of the list, which appears on pages 25 and 26 of the guide's introduction, can be downloaded here.
Many apologies, Andy!
|Flora and Fauna|
|Food and Drink|
|Using the Guide|
|Maps and Other Guides|
|PART 1: Baja Montaña (Low Mountains)|
|1 Boca de la Pesca from Cortijo Sevilla|
|2 Pico de la Carne from Puente de los Siete Ojos|
|3 Cerro Huenes via Fuente Fria|
|4 Carne, Gordo, Huenes, and Tamboril from Siete Ojos|
|5 Ascent of Trevenque from Cortijo Sevilla|
|6 Ascent of Trevenque from Collado del Trevenque|
|7 Toma del Canal and Las Arenales from Cortijo Sevilla|
|The Pico del Tesoro Ridge|
|8 Pico del Tesoro and Cerros Cortijuela/Cocón from Casa de la Cortijuela|
|9 Cerro del Mirador from Cortijuela|
|Los Alayos de Dilar|
|10 Corazón de la Sandía from Los Miradores|
|11 Corazón de la Sandía from Cortijo Sevilla|
|12 Los Castillejos from Chaquetas|
|13 Integral de los Alayos|
|14 Circuit of Trevenque|
|PART 2: Alta Montaña (High Mountains)|
|Routes from the Genil Valley|
|15 Vereda de la Estrella|
|16 Ascents from the Refugio del Vadillo Hut|
|17 Ascent to Mulhacén from Cueva Secreta|
|18 Ascent of Puntal de la Caldera via Loma de las Casillas|
|19 To the Crestones de Rio Seco from Cueva Secreta|
|20 To the Corral del Veleta from Cortijo de la Estrella|
|Other possible routes in the Valle del Genil|
|Routes from the Sierra Nevada Road|
|21 Cazoleta from the Parador Nacional|
|22 Ascent of Veleta from the Parador Nacional via Cazoleta and Loma de San Juan|
|23 Corral del Veleta and Los Machos via Veredon Superior|
|24 To Refugio de Elorrieta from Hoya de la Mora|
|25 To Refugio de Elorrieta via Tajos de la Virgen from Posiciones del Veleta|
|26 Tajos de Los Machos from Refugio Elorrieta|
|27 Cerro del Caballo from Refugio de Elorrieta via Tajos Altos, returning via the Vereda Cortada|
|28 Los Machos from Refugio del Poquiera|
|29 Loma Pela and Puntal de la Caldera from Corral de Rio Seco (former site of Felix Mendez hut)|
|30 Mulhacén from Laguna de la Caldera|
|31 Alcazaba from Laguna de la Caldera via El Corredor|
|32 To Cañada de las Siete Lagunas from Mulhacén Summit Road|
|The Alpujarras and Marquesado Forest|
|33 Ascent of Cerro del Caballo from Lanjarón|
|34 Ascent of Mulhacén from Trevélez|
|35 To Cañada de las Siete Lagunas from Trevélez|
|36 Ascent of Alcazaba from Cañada de las Siete Lagunas|
|37 Ascent of Mulhacén from Cañada de las Siete Lagunas|
|38 From Trevélez to Jeres del Marquesado via Puerto de Jeres|
|39 Ascent of Cerro Pelao from Jeres del Marquesado|
|PART 3: Longer and Multi-Day Routes|
|40 The Eastern 3000-ers from Trevélez|
|41 From San Juan to Trevélez via Cuneta de Vacares|
|42 A tour of Baja Montaña from Cortijo Sevilla|
|43 El Trio Grande (The Big Three) from San Juan|
|44 A Tour of Sierra Nevada|
|45 The Integral de los Tres Mil (All the 3000-ers)|
|Appendix A Useful Addresses and Websites|
|Appendix B The Language (including Glossary)|
|Appendix C Bibliography and Maps|
|Appendix D Emergency Phone Numbers|
|Appendix E List of 3000m Peaks|
|Appendix F Road access within the Range|
|RG1 Lower Sierra Nevada Road (GR420 to Parador Nacional)|
|RG2 Upper Sierra Nevada Road (GR420 to Veleta summit)|
|RG3 Güéjar Sierra and Genil Valley Road (GR460 to San Juan|
|RG4 Genil Valley to Sierra Nevada Link Road (Charcon–El Desvio)|
|RG5 Borreguiles Access Road (from Upper Sierra Nevada [Veleta] Road)|
|RG6 Yeguas Access Track from Upper Sierra Nevada [Veleta] Road|
|RG7 Camino de los Neveros (Huetor Vega–El Purche)|
|RG8 Monachil Service Road|
|RG9 Huenes Valley Forestry Road (La Zubia to Huenes/Dilar Valleys)|
|RG10 Ermita Vieja/Los Miradores Road (from Aguadero)|
|RG11 Arroyo de Torrente Track System|
|RG12 Alpujarras Roads|
|RG13 Caballo South Ridge Track Network|
|RG14 Chico Valley and Lanjarón Access Track|
|RG15 South Sierra Nevada Road (GR411Pampaneira to Veleta Col)|
|RG16 Mulhacén Summit Road|
|RG17 Puerto de la Ragua (Laroles to La Calahorra)|
|RG18 La Calahorra to Guadix via Jeres del Marquesado|
|RG19 Marquesado del Zenete Forest Road|
|RG20 Purullena and La Peza Road (Short cut Guadix–Granada)|