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Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada

38 walks, scrambles and multi-day traverses

Guidebook to walks and multi-day treks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain's Andalucia. The 38 routes include the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén, and take in villages including Trevélez, Lanjarón and Capileira. Includes main ridge traverses, high mountain scrambles and a Spanish Three Peaks challenge.


Route descriptions assume summer conditions but seasonal notes are given where relevant for the winter hillwalker, as well as the location of suitable water sources during the hot summer months


Trevélez, Capileira, Lanjarón, Nigüelas, Dílar, Cumbres Verdes, Granada, Sierra Nevada ski area, Güéjar Sierra, Jérez de Marsquesado


Graded routes of varying difficulty, from easy half-day jaunts and day-trips to tough multi-day treks. High-level routes but also superb lower-level alternatives, including eight walks in the Cumbres Verdes and Dílar Valley hills SE of Granada. Five high mountain scrambles for the more adventurous (graded 2 to 3S).

Must See

Mulhacén, the highest mountain in mainland Spain; Los Tres Picos - the three highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada; Los Tres Miles Integral - a multi-day ridge-walk covering all the main 3000m peaks; high-level summer scrambles
6 Nov 2017
21 Nov 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.55cm

A guidebook to 30 day walks and 2-day excursions, 5 high mountain scrambles and three longer multi-day routes in Spain’s Sierra Nevada. Routes are graded by difficulty: all call for good fitness and hillwalking experience, and the more demanding options involve navigational challenge, prolonged ascents, remote rugged mountain terrain and scrambling.

The walks range from 5 to 38km (3–24 miles) and from 3 hours to 2–3 days. The scrambles are graded from Grade 2 to 3S. Also included are a 3–7 day traverse of the range’s 3000m peaks, a 3-day traverse of the 3 highest peaks ('Los Tres Picos') and an overview of the 302km (188 mile) Sulayr GR240.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping (1:100,000 and 1:250,000 for the longer treks)
  • Photo topos showing the line of the scrambles
  • GPX files available for download
  • Information on water sources, plus additional notes for winter mountaineers
  • Includes ascents of Mulhacén, mainland Spain’s highest summit

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Richard Hartley Cicerone author RHARTLEY

By Richard Hartley

Richard Hartley has lived in the Sierra Nevada since 2002. He lives with his partner and beloved dogs just outside the spa town of Lanjarón, in the Alpujarras region south of the main mountain range. He is the owner of a local tour and guiding company who run mountaineering, snowshoeing and ski touring trips into the winter mountains of the Sierra Nevada and, further afield, organise regular expeditions to the Southern Patagonian Icecap.

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