The rescue of an American aeroplane walk

The rescue of an American aeroplane walk

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On 8th March 1960 an aeroplane with US Marines on board crashed into the side of Picón de Jérez. The weather was very bad, but with much courage and intimate knowledge of the mountains the people of Jérez, Lanteira and other villages managed to rescue many of the wounded. This walk is dedicated to the memory of those people.

 

DEPARTURE FROM JEREZ DEL MARQUESADO

Start the walk in Camino del Seminario de San Torcuato (Jérez Marquesado) and continue along the flat path to the Molino de Sintripas.

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WAYPOINT 1> ACEQUIA DE COGOLLOS

Here turn left near the Acequia de Cogollos. The path will start to rise slightly continuing along the Lomilla del Viento. Leave the Río Alhorí to your left, pass the Barranco del Maguillo and you will reach Posterillo.

WAYPOINT 2> CASA FORESTAL DEL POSTERILLO

Posterillo was the logistics centre in 1960 and it was here that the rescue of US Marines was organised. From here, continue along the easy path up the Maguillo hill with the old canal of the power plant Andaluza de Minas to your left. When you reach Solana de la Higuera take the  path on your left.

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WAYPOINT 3> RUINAS DEL CORTIJO DE ISAAC

The path turns into a pavement at this point and crosses the Barranco de Hervás near the Corral de Ferrer. You will reach the Cortijo de Isaac, another landmark in the rescue operation.

WAYPOINT 4> CORTIJO DE CORRAL NUEVO

Follow the path from the Cortijo de Isaac in the direction of Cortijo de Rosetas. Here the trail connects with Sulayr GR 240 (stage: Postero Alto – Peña Partida), where both paths coincide to form Cañá de Mahoma. It is a slightly steeper climb to the Corral Nuevo, another landmark in the rescue operation of the American aeroplane.

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WAYPOINT 5> ACEQUIA DEL CORAZÓN

The path continues along the Sulayr, slightly steeper than before, taking the turn to Cañá de Mahoma. Turn left and you will notice the slope becoming steeper at the Piedras de los Lobos. Continue below the Praos de Tesoro up to the Barranco del Tesoro, and you will reach the Acequia del Corazón.

WAYPOINT 6> PARATA DE CHORRERAS NEGRAS

From here it is a comfortable walk back to the Barranco de Carboneras. Turn left up to Parata de Chorreras Negras, on the north eastern slope of the Picón de Jérez del Marquesado, which is the scene of the accident.

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ROUTE INFORMATION

Regions: Guadix and El Marquesado

Towns: Jérez del Marquesado

Route length: 23.5 kilometres

Estimated duration: 9 hours

Altitude on departure: 1250 metres

Maximum altitude: 2450 metres

Gradient: 1257 metres

Ecosystems: mid- and high-level mountains

Recommended season: spring and summer

HIKE RATING SYSTEM

    • Itinerary and route
    • Paths or signposts showing the way
    • Effort needed
    • Over 6 and up to 10 hours (4+3+2+1) of effective walking
    • Severity of natural surroundings
    • More than one risk factor
    • Level of difficulty for walking
    • Walk on paths with steps or irregular surfaces

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