Canal de la Espartera – Arenales del Trevenque

Canal de la Espartera – Arenales del Trevenque

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Why not walk on the peaks of Arenales del Trevenque, one of the most emblematic mid-mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada? The dryness of the terrain is misleading. Behind the apparent absence of wildlife there hides a microcosm of plants that are well adapted to extreme temperature changes and to the lack of a fertile, moist soil.

 

DEPARTURE FROM CANAL DE LA ESPARTERA
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Start from the Canal de la Espartera’s parking area, which is accessed from the E-902 from La Zubia. The journey begins from the hill above the Canal de la Espartera, with its beautiful viewpoint from where you can see Los Alayos, Trevenque and Boca de la Pescá, all mid-mountain peaks of dolomite formations. The climb begins by the Cuerda del Trevenque with its spectacular landscape of dolomite sandstone. Here gorse, aromatic plants and isolated pine trees grow alongside the unique native species.  

WAYPOINT 1 > CUERDA DEL TREVENQUE VIEWPOINT
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The path takes you to another viewpoint opposite the Trevenque Peak (2083 metres), looking over the stark landscape of sandstone and steep hillsides. Walking along the dry bed of the Barranco del Búho gorge, you might well spot a chough or kestrel. From here, you climb up to an altitude of 1700 metres to a much leafier and greener landscape.  

WAYPOINT 2 > BARRANCO DE AGUAS BLANQUILLAS GORGE
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From here you head down through the pine forest, which steadily gets more and more dense. You will notice an increase in humidity as you reach the crossing with the forest track up to the Chaquetas hills. Here you can take a rest in the waters of the Barranco de Aguas Blanquillas gorge. When you are ready, turn 180º to the right towards the Rosales cabin, just 1 kilometre further on.  

WAYPOINT 3 > CORTIJO ROSALES
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It is an absolute must to stop here and enjoy the geological phenomenon of Alayos Dílar. From here you will begin a zigzag descent through the forest, passing the ruins of the Cortijo Rosales. 

WAYPOINT 4 > RIVER DÍLAR
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The steady descent takes you down along the Rio Dílar, surrounded by green poplars, willows, brambles, cane, gorse, wild rose and barberry bushes. Alongside the river you will see green rocks, known as serpentine marble, carried down from an abandoned quarry. When polished, serpentine marble can be used as an ornamental stone that has been highly valued throughout history and frequently used for monuments.

Leaving the river behind you as it rushes down the gorge, the path continues. First it crosses the forest track that goes up to the Chaquetas hills and then the track that leads to the Barranco del Búho gorge. You may well spot mountain goats and kestrels here. Continue climbing up past the dolomite landscapes once more, heading towards the Boca de la Pescá, until you reach the Cortijo Sevilla back near your starting point.

ROUTE INFORMATION

Regions: Sierra Nevada

Towns: Dílar

Route length: 12.8 km

Estimated duration: 4 hours

Altitude on departure: 1360 metres

Maximum altitude: 1731 metres

Gradient: 361 metres

Ecosystem: Mid-level mountain

Recommended season: All year round

HIKE RATING SYSTEM

    • Itinerary and route
    • Paths or signposts showing the way
    • Effort needed
    • Over 1 hour and up to 3 hours (2+1) of effective walking
    • Severity of natural surroundings
    • More than one risk factor
    • Level of difficulty for walking
    • Walk on paths with rough surface

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