Canal de la Espartera – Arenales del TrevenqueAdd to My Granada
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regions: Sierra Nevada
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
- Effort needed
- Severity of natural surroundings
- Level of difficulty for walking