Length: 20-23 km; Accummulated height difference: 540 m – 875 m (ascent) and 875 m (descent)
Duration: 8-9h; Difficulty: Medium-High
Meeting point: Av. Capitán Moreno, Granada (see the map)
Departure time (Granada): 7:45 am
Arrival time (Granada): 7:45 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group
The normal itinerary for this trips is:
From Granada we will head towards Güejar Sierra and we will continue by car up to the Alguacil High. The first half of the hiking route runs along the boundary of the summit of Loma Maitena and overlooks at the “three thousands” of Sierra Nevada. As we move towards the divide of the Marquesado we will be able to admire a view of Granada plateau and Castril and Baza Sierras in the distance.
After passing the “Stone of Soldiers” we will enter the Alhama river basin, which is surrounded by the forests of Dehesa del Camarate. Maples, oaks, cherry trees, whitebeams, ashes, and birches are interspersed to a greater or lesser extent with holm oaks, creating a burst of colors.
After having a snack next to the small bullring, we will take the traditional path through the meadow. This area is used as a breeding cattle and we will probably see them somewhere along the path.
Transportation will be waiting for us at the “Cañada de los Potros” or we will take the road that goes to the Dehesa del Camarate. The return to Granada will be very interesting as we will go through the semi-desert landscape of Marchal and Purullena.
Depending on the conditions of the access to the starting point it is possible to do another version of the hike. There is the possibility of snow on the Collado del Algualcil from November and it could be impossible to get the starting point (Collado del Alguacil). In this case, we will do a round trip, starting and finishing in Lugros village. This is the version with 23 km and 875 m of accumulated high difference.
Landscape and heritage:
- History of the Sierra Nevada, its uses, resources
- Dehesa del Camarate
- National Park – an ecosystem with a high degree of protection
- Research on climate change
- Centenary Yew – a peculiar tree in Andalucía
- Impressive Fall colors
- Contrast of the highlands and the semi-desert or “bad lands” of the Marchal areas
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.
Participants should take nuts, dried fruits. and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside. At the end of the trip will take a cold beer as a reward!
Price of “custom dates”: 65€/pp, including guiding, insurance, and transportation. 2 participants minimum. 15% 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.