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Sierra Nevada hike: headwaters of the San Juan river

Sierra Nevada National Park


A guided Sierra Nevada hike in theNational Park. We will explore the headwaters of the river San Juan and traces of glaciations and endemic plants.

Key facts:
Length: 9 km; Accumulated height difference: 480 m; Difficulty: Easy – Medium

Departure time (Granada): 8:00 am

Meeting point in Granada: Bus stop in C/ Doctor Severo Ochoa, Granada (see the link): meeting point

Starting point: Parking at the “Hoya de la Mora”. Paraje Hoya de la Mora, Carretera A-395, Km. 38,5, 18196 Sierra Nevada, Granada

Starting time of the hike: 9:00 am

Finishing time: 2:00 pm

The trip:
We will start our Sierra Nevada hike at 9:00 am in the car park of Hoya de la Mora. It is close to the university hostel with at an altitude of 2,500m.
The headwaters of river San Juan offer well-preserved mountain meadows and show traces of the glaciers. The area has been declared as a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve. We can make a shorter route to avoid the tough ascent and descent. In this case, we won’t see the waterfall.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Origin of the landscape and history of the Sierra Nevada
  • Ecology: endemic species of plants and animals(butterflies, birds, wild mountain goats)
  • Traces of glaciations of the Quaternary period

Equipment recommended:
We will walk in a high altitude area of the Sierra Nevada National Park. We recommend carrying 2L of water. It is necessary to take several kinds of clothes including a warm layer and a raincoat. We recommend hiking sticks. We also recommend wearing hiking boots and a second pair of socks. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream and a hat.

The participants should bring snacks for the day. It is possible to eat something at the university hostel at the end of our trip.

Price of “custom date”: €50/pp. 2 people minimum. It includes the guided trip, insurance, and transportation.

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
Duration: 4-5 hors
Difficulty: Level 1-2 (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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