Cerro Huenes

Cerro Huenes

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This interesting route follows an ancient path opened in the mid-twentieth century for the re-forestation of Cerro Huenes. It runs mostly inside the National Park and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mid-mountain ranges.

 

DEPARTURE FROM CANAL DE LA ESPARTERA
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Begin the walk from the Canal de la Espartera’s parking area, which is accessed from the E-902 from Zubia. From the viewpoint you can enjoy the spectacular views of Los Ayanos and the entire western mid-mountain area of the Sierra Nevada. Start your walk here along the Cortijuela track. To your left, on the other side of the gorge, you will see part of the route that you will be following in due course. After about 1 km, leave the main track to take the one that runs down to your left crossing the Arrollo Huenes, taking you in to the pine forest. Soon the track broadens, flanked by lavender, marjoram, sage and other species of typical limestone vegetation.

WAYPOINT 1 > VIEWPOINT
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The trail continues around the Cerro Huenes, a pleasant walk with fine views of Granada’s plains to the west and the Cerro de la Boca de la Pescá peak and Silleta de Padul to the south. In the distance you can see the silhouettes of the Sierra de Almijara and Sierra de Tejeda. The track takes a 90º turn crossing the Barranco del Lobo gorge and after a brief climb you will reach a natural lookout point. Then you walk around the Huenes peak on our right and the path soon changes direction to heading east.

WAYPOINT 2 > FUENTE FRÍA
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About 90 minutes into the walk, you will reach the Barrancón Forestal de Fuente Fría, the perfect place for a rest. Then you continue following the path, leaving the track only temporarily, and returning to it at the sharp bend below Fuente Fría. Follow the track for 500 metres before turning off to the right along the path that takes you up to some water troughs. A few minutes later you will reach Llanada del Chopo.

WAYPOINT 3 > LLANADA DEL CHOPO
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From here, you can see the Cerro del Tamboril to your right whilst in front of you lie the Pico de la Carne and the Pico del Trevenque behind it. To your left, in the distance, you can see a number of 3000-metre-high peaks, including Veleta and El Caballo. Follow the path southwards, walk around the west face of the Pico de la Carne amongst the pine trees, and start your descent through the Barranco de las Majadillas gorge. In this area it is common to spot all sorts of animal tracks made by foxes, genets, badgers and wild boars. You may even see a mountain goat or a golden eagle.

WAYPOINT 4 > PUENTE DE LOS SIETE OJOS
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A steep path takes you down to the Puente de los Siete Ojos bridge, where you link up with the main track that takes you westwards back to the starting point.

ROUTE INFORMATION

Regions: Sierra Nevada

Towns: Monachil

Route length: 12.4 km

Estimated duration: 4 – 5 hours

Altitude on departure: 1357 metres

Maximum altitude: 1751 metres

Gradient: 377 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 3 and up to 6 hours (3+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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