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The Sierra de Baza Natural Park

Spring Trips

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Sierra de Baza is located between two large plateaus that correspond to the Hoya de Guadix, in the north, and the Llanos del Marquesado, in the south. After a few kilometers from the starting point of the route we will cross dry steppes, autochthonous pine forests and high mountain meadows. A hiking route through the forests in which you will enjoy great landscapes.

Key Facts:

Length: 17 km; Accumulated height difference: 819 m; Difficulty: Moderate-High.

Departure time (Granada): 8:00 am

Meeting point: Bus stop Severo Ochoa, at the door of the University gardens

Meeting Point

Arrival time: approximately 7:00 pm, but it depends on the pace of the group

The pioneers hike. The Víboras mountain pass – Campos de Otero spot.

The trip:

We will leave from Granada taking the A92 main road towards Murcia. The hiking route itself starts in the old rural farmhouse called Narváez, where the Natural Park Visitor’s Center is located. The route is mainly situated along pine forests. We will follow small forest paths together with different sections of forest trails. Furthermore, part of the planned route goes along the GR7 long-distance path.

The first ascend, which is quite steep at times, crosses a pine forest, where we can see some isolated examples of holm oaks. We will have a first break when we reach the Canaleja Alta Recreational Area. We will continue along a zigzagging path, crossing a beautiful pine forest, going across the Collado del Toro viewpoint and climbing some slopes from the las Riscas Gully to the Prados del Rey (King’s meadows).

The land gets flatter as we reach the Prados del Rey. From this point, we can observe the vegetation and the large damp high mountain meadows dotted with enormous hundred-year- old pine trees. From this flat area, we can see the “calar”, the name of the limestone rock hills. We will propose to the participants to get closer to the Pozos de Nieves or to go up the Calar de Santa Bárbara. After the picnic, we will return to the Canaleja Alta Recreational Area and we will close the circle following an easy forest track.

Landscape and heritage:

  • Landscapes and views: The Negratín reservoir, Jabalcón hill, high plateaus and surrounding mountain ranges.
  • Ecosystems: Autochthonous pines and pine afforestation. High mountain meadows and limestone high mountain srublands.
  • Culture and ethnographic heritage: The rural hut Pozo de la Nieve and mining in the Sierra de Baza.
  • Great diversity of fauna: It is possible to observe different kind of eagles and falcons, and mountain goats.


Equipment recommended:
There isn’t any potable water on the path. We recommend carrying 2l of water. In spring, the weather can be very changeable. It is necessary to take several kinds of clothes including a warm coat and a raincoat. We highly recommend hiking sticks. The walking paths are in good condition, but if it has rained, it can be muddy. We recommend wearing hiking boots or trekking shoes. Sunglasses, sun cream, protective lip cream, a hat, gloves and appropriate clothing for the season and the weather forecast.

Logistics:
Participants should take nuts, dried fruits, and sandwiches for our picnic in the countryside.

Price of “custom date”: €65/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 de Baza Natural Park, Granada
Duration: 8 hours
Difficulty: Level 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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