An absolutely stunning round tour in the northern valleys of the Sierra Nevada
This tour starts at Barranco de San Juan, from where we first follow the trail to the Cortijo de Hornillo. The ascent starts right from the car park at around 1150m to 1700m, but it is pretty mild and easy to climb. The route leads through pine forests and oak trees, but once the climb is over and the terrain levels off, you reach Cortijo del Hornillo. This is an abandoned farmhouse from the previous decades, which now offers trekkers a place to sleep if needed. From here you have an incredible panorama on the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada. This is also a great place to have a break and a sandwich or chocolate combo. Now you descend to the valley of the Rio Genil, and return through the Vereda de la Estrella path. This road is originally built by the miners and for the miners of the Estrella copper mines, and in itself is a massive engineering performance. Do not forget to look back from each hairpin turn in the road, as the views are beautiful on the valley and the Alcazaba and Mulhacén peaks behind. You can do the loop the other way around, but then the climb to the Cortijo is much steeper, and ascend is also longer in absolute terms. Completed: 1 October 2019
Bring enough water, as there is no opportunity to buy or refill on the go.
Getting thereBy car
ParkingCar park at Barranco de San Juan
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