List of Hikes: Güéjar Sierra

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Cortijo Hornillo Version A

This walk follows a relatively untrodden path that winds up through a forest of oak and pine trees, before taking you on to the Cortijo del Hornillo, one of the few summer farms still in use in the high mountains. The location is idyllic, and the views of the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada are incredible, so it’s easy to understand why they come back each year. Return along the lower part of the popular Vereda de la Estrella path, in the beautiful valley below. Continue reading

16 km   4h 30min   813m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Cortijo Hornillo Version B

This walk winds its way up through a pleasant forest of oaks and pines, before continuing up the ridge of the Loma de San Juan, from which you have panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada. The climb is fairly relentless, and steep in parts, but if you’re reasonably fit and the weather’s good the amazing scenery more than makes up for it! Return via the attractive Cortijo del Hornillo and the lower part of the Vereda de la Estrella. Continue reading

16.5 km   5h 30min   1054m   Hard         Downloads:     
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Güéjar Sierra – Cerro el Calar

It’s a steep walk up from Güéjar Sierra to the civil war trenches on the ridge just below Cerro el Calar, but you are rewarded for your efforts with wonderful views of all of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, from Picón de Jerez in the east, to Cerro del Caballo in the west. The route continues up over Cerro el Calar itself before heading back down to Güéjar past lush meadows and some interesting rock formations. Continue reading

11 km   4 hours   763m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Lavaderos de la Reina

Lavaderos de la Reina means “the Queen’s washing place”. It is an area of lush meadows fed by mountain springs. By far the best time to visit is in late spring or early summer, when the melting snow feeds the gushing streams. The first part of the route also gives some great views of the Sierra Nevada. Continue reading

17 km   6 hours   640 m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Vereda de la Estrella

The Vereda de la Estrella is one of the classic hikes of the Sierra Nevada. The scenery in this deep valley is stunning, and the Vereda de la Estrella path, originally built to access the Estrella copper mine, is a feat of engineering. Above the gorge, there are views of the rugged north faces of the three highest peaks in the mountain range – Mulhacén, Veleta and Alcazaba. A long walk, but well worth the effort. If the full walk seems too much, it’s still worth considering going part way along the path. The path is well-marked and very easy to follow. Continue reading

21 km   6 hours   650 m   Medium         Downloads:     
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Vereda de la Estrella Loop

This route incorporates one of the classic hikes of the Sierra Nevada, the Vereda de la Estrella, but rather than going out and back the same way, it forms a circuit using a higher path on the other side of the valley, giving you a more open view of the rugged north faces of the three highest peaks in the mountain range – Mulhacén, Veleta and Alcazaba. A long walk, but well worth the effort. The scenery in this deep valley is stunning, and the Vereda de la Estrella path, originally built to access the Estrella copper mine, is a feat of engineering. If the full walk seems too much, it’s still worth considering going part way along the main path. Continue reading

22.5 km   7 hours   1008m   Hard         Downloads:     
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