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Hiking Tocón – Padules “The Ancient”

Autumn Trips

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Tocón is a municipal district of Quéntar which is less than one hundred inhabitants. It is a very inaccessible and remote place. It has a strategic location between Granada and Guadix (Northern Granada). The landscape is sometimes very tough due to the presence of dolomite rocks, but also has numerous streams with abundant bankside vegetation.

Key Facts:

Length: 17 km (13 km without climb Padules)

Accumulated height difference: 580m ascent  (472m without climb Padules) and 564 m descent (485m without climb Padules)

Duration: 6h; Difficulty: Low-Medium

Meeting point: Roundabout at Plaza del Triunfo, Granada (see the map)

Departure time (Granada): 8:00 am

Arrival time (Granada): 5:00 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group

The trip:
We’ll be driving from Granada to Cenes, and from there to Dúdar and Quéntar. After passing Quéntar Reservoir, we’ll turn to Tocón, a municipal district of Quéntar.
The hiking route will start in the town’s main square, from there we’ll follow a stream that will lead us to a site with remains of old mills. The track approaches and distances from the stream, depending on the section. We’ll cross the Fraile Stream and walk among riverside vegetation, pines, and holm oaks. Different small streams join the main stream. This is an area of abundant water where once were rich orchards but now they are abandoned and covered by scrub and thorns. We’ll follow the stream until we find a path that leads us to the road that gives access to Padules, an abandoned town that has great charm due to its location and the landscape.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Historic Sites of the Spanish Civil War and the guerrilla
  • Industrial archeology: the power line to the paper mill in Benalúa
  • Diverse landscape: rocky areas, scrub, pine and riparian vegetation


Equipment recommended:
We recommend carrying 2l of water. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat. T-shirt and long arm T-shirt, warm layer, rain coat and wind-stopper. Gloves. Long trousers, trekking boots, hiking sticks and your personal first aid kit. A second pair of socks would be a good idea!

Logistics:
Participants should take nuts, dried fruits and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside. At the end of the trip will be able to take a cold beer as a reward!

Price of “custom dates”: 45€/pp, including guiding, insurance and transportation. 2 participants minimun. 20% off for more than 4 participants.

Purchasing Conditions: Excursions must be booked and paid for at least three days in advance.  Participants must arrive at the meeting point on time. The group will wait for participants for five minutes, but then leave. In this situation, no money will be reimbursed. All participants should ensure that they know how to get to the meeting point and if you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Price:

45€

Location: Sierra Nevada Natural Park, Granada
Duration: 6h
Difficulty: Level 1-2 (REI)

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Activity Level Descriptions

REItrips

 

(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

  • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
  • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat terrain
  • Elevation change: little to none
  • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

  • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
  • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
  • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

  • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
  • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

  • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
  • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

  • Activity: 10+ hours/day
  • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
  • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
  • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
  • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
  • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

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