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Dehesa del Camarate long trip

Autumns colours


The Dehesa del Camarate is located in the north of Sierra Nevada. This area has the best mixed forest of deciduous and oak trees of the National Park.

Key Facts:

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 trip: 

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

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.

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.



Location: Sierra Nevada National Park, Granada
Duration: 10h -11h
Difficulty: Level 3 (REI)


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Activity Level Descriptions



(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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