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Walking in the Sierra Nevada

Walks and multi-day treks

by Andy Walmsley
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

  • Seasons
    Lower level walks not advisable in July and August (35–40°C). WInter mountaineering good late March to mid-May.
  • Centres
    Granada, Lanjarón, Orgiva, Trevélez, La Zubia, Güéjar Sierra, Sierra Nevada Ski Centre, Borreguiles
  • Difficulty
    Mountain routes 3km to 56km, some above 3000m. Easy half-day walks to arduous multi-day treks.
  • Must See
    Trevenque’s west ridge; Los Alayos ridge; Mulhacén, Veleta, Alcazaba; Moorish villages; wildlife

May 2015

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
Valley Bases
Mountain Bases
Using the Guide
Mountain Biking
Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Maps and Other Guides
Emergency Services
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)
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