Series: Cicerone Guides
192 pages, Col & b/w illus, maps
This guidebook presents 33 graded walks and 5 high mountain scrambles in...
The Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range in Spain, provides tremendous scope for the adventurous mountain traveller: there are rugged peaks over 3000m (Alta Montana), remote valleys, crystal-clear streams and some very interesting scenery among the lower limestone peaks of Baja Montana. Mountain bikers will find plenty of routes to explore; in winter there are snow sports galore, from dowhill skiing and snowboarding to nordic ski tours, and winter mountaineering. With the tourist excesses of the Alps thankfully still absent here, the Sierra Nevada can provide the kind of experience which is now becoming rare in many of the world's other mountain areas.
This guide covers the high sector of the range and will prove invaluable to any visitor to the area. There is information on camping and accommodation, road access, mountain-biking routes, local bases, topography and climate, as well as descriptions of 50 walking routes that vary in length from 3km to 56km.
The Nevadas are a long, curved ridge, 100km in length, which reach a maximum height of 3,482m near Granada, at the eastern end. The Author describes them as like the Black Cuillin on Skye, without the mist! He outlines 45 routes, from easy half day walks to arduous multi-mountain expeditions. Good introduction, maps, photos and glossary, and strong weather-resistant covers. Walking World Ireland, May/June 2006 'This guide is a second edition of one first published in 1996 and was necessitated by the significant developments in road access and mountain accommodation in the region. The guide is clearly presented, contains a useful introduction and is well illustrated. It will be invaluable to visitors to the area.' Irish Mountain Log Magazine, Summer 2006
PART 1: Road Access within the Range; Road Guide Map; Introduction; RG1 Lower Sierra Nevada Road (GR420 to Parador Nacional); RG2 Upper Sierra Nevada Road (GR420 to Veleta summit); RG3 Gjar Sierra and Genil Valley Road (GR460 to San Juan); RG4 Genil Valley to Sierra Nevada Link Road (CharconEl Desvio); RG5 Borreguiles Access Road (from Upper Sierra Nevada [Veleta] Road); RG6 Yeguas Access Track from Upper Sierra Nevada [Veleta] Road; RG7 Camino de los Neveros (Huetor VegaEl Purche); RG8 Monachil Service Road; RG9 Huenes Valley Forestry Road (La Zubia to Huenes/Dilar Valleys); RG10 Ermita Vieja/Los Miradores Road (from Aguadero); RG11 Arroyo de Torrente Track System; RG12 Alpujarras Roads; RG13 Caballo South Ridge Track Network; RG14 Chico Valley and Lanjarn Access Track; RG15 South Sierra Nevada Road (GR411Pampaneira to Veleta Col); RG16 Mulhacn Summit Road; RG17 Puerto de la Ragua (Laroles to La Calahorra); RG18 La Calahorra to Guadix via Jeres del Marquesado; RG19 Marquesado del Zenete Forest Road; RG20 Purullena and La Peza Road (Short cut GuadixGranada); PART 2: Baja Montaa (Low Mountains); Baja Montaa Map; Introduction; 1 Boca de la Pesca from Cortijo Sevilla; 2 Pico de la Carne from Puente de los Siete Ojos; 3 Cerro Huenes via Fuente Fria; 4 Carne, Gordo, Huenes, and Tamboril from Siete Ojos; 5 Ascent of Trevenque from Cortijo Sevilla; 6 Ascent of Trevenque from Collado del Trevenque; 7 Toma del Canal and Las Arenales from Cortijo Sevilla; The Pico del Tesoro Ridge; 8 Pico del Tesoro and Cerros Cortijuela/Cocn from Casa de la Cortijuela; 9 Cerro del Mirador from Cortijuela; Los Alayos de Dilar; 10 Corazn de la Sanda from Los Miradores; 11 Corazn de la Sanda from Cortijo Sevilla; 12 Los Castillejos from Chaquetas; 13 Integral de los Alayos; 14 Circuit of Trevenque; PART 3: Alta Montaa (High Mountains); Introduction; A: Routes from the Genil Valley; Genil Valley Map; 15 Vereda de la Estrella; 16 Ascents from the Refugio del Vadillo Hut; 17 Ascent to Mulhacn from Cueva Secreta; 18 Ascent of Puntal de la Caldera via Loma de las Casillas; 19 To the Crestones de Rio Seco from Cueva Secreta; 20 To the Corral del Veleta from Cortijo de la Estrella; Other possible routes in the Valle del Genil; B: Routes from the Sierra Nevada Road; Sierra Nevada Road (North) Map; 21 Cazoleta from the Parador Nacional; 22 Ascent of Veleta from the Parador Nacional via Cazoleta and Loma de San Juan; 23 Corral del Veleta and Los Machos via Veredon Superior; 24 To Refugio de Elorrieta from Hoya de la Mora; 25 To Refugio de Elorrieta via Tajos de la Virgen from Posiciones del Veleta; 26 Tajos de Los Machos from Refugio Elorrieta; 27 Cerro del Caballo from Refugio de Elorrieta via Tajos Altos, returning via the Vereda Cortada; Sierra Nevada Road (South) Map; 28 Los Machos from Refugio del Poquiera; 29 Loma Pela and Puntal de la Caldera from Corral de Rio Seco (former site of Felix Mendez hut); 30 Mulhacn from Laguna de la Caldera; 31 Alcazaba from Laguna de la Caldera via El Corredor; 32 To Caada de las Siete Lagunas from Mulhacn Summit Road; C: Routes in the Alpujarras and Marquesado Forest; Lanjarn Valley Map; 33 Ascent of Cerro del Caballo from Lanjarn; Eastern Tops Map; 34 Ascent of Mulhacn from Trevlez; 35 To Caada de las Siete Lagunas from Trevlez; 36 Ascent of Alcazaba from Caada de las Siete Lagunas; 37 Ascent of Mulhacn from Caada de las Siete Lagunas; 38 From Trevlez to Jeres del Marquesado via Puerto de Jeres; 39 Ascent of Cerro Pelao from Jeres del Marquesado; PART 4: Longer and Multi-Day Routes; Introduction; 40 The Eastern 3000-ers from Trevlez; 41 From San Juan to Trevlez via Cuneta de Vacares; 42 A tour of Baja Montaa from Cortijo Sevilla; 43 El Trio Grande (The Big Three) from San Juan; 44 A Tour of Sierra Nevada; 45 The Integral de los Tres Mil (All the 3000-ers)
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Andy Walmsley was born in Lancashire, and has always been involved in outdoor activities. Despite a serious accident in 1981, he remains an active mountain-goer. Andy has spent much time exploring the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountains for this guide.