This walk starts at an altitude of over 3,000 metres, making use of the ski lifts that are open in summer. As a result, you get a taste of the high mountains without having to walk up thousands of metres! There are great views down to the city of Granada and the surrounding mountains. The walk takes you to some beautiful mountain tarns and meadows where the water bubbles up from the ground, before heading back down through the ski station.
Level The route is easy to follow and the terrain is mostly undemanding, although there are a few places where the path is narrow and/or steep, so you need to take care.
One thing to bear in mind is that although the walk is basically fairly straightforward, there is a small risk that you will suffer altitude sickness, in which case you will need to head back down.
If you want to do a longer walk, you can climb to the top of Veleta before doing this walk – see our Hoya de la Mora – Veleta walk. The version of the route starting at the top of the ski lift is about 9 km there and back – look at the information sheet for the Veleta walk for more details.
Alternatively, you could combine the Laguna de las Yeguas walk with our Chorreras route which starts from the top of the cable car.
When to go The walk is only possble when the ski lifts are open, usually from late June to the end of August.
Water It is best to take water with you as it is not advised to drink the water from the high mountain streams
Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Pradollano The walk starts from above the Sierra Nevada ski station at Pradollano
By car: From Granada take the A-395 marked to Sierra Nevada. Park at the ski station and take the cable car and chairlift.
By bus: from Granada bus station (1 bus per day). Click here for more information and links to current timetables.
Ski lifts: From late June to the end of August the ski station runs a summer lift service using a cable car and one of the chairlifts. More information on the ski station website (during the summer season only).