|Descend from the parking place to a wooden
bridge on your right. On the other side of the bridge you find an
information panel on the route (1160 m). Bend left on the signposted
Vereda de la Estrella, and zigzag steeply uphill. You come to a fork
with white-red waymarks to both directions (15min) (1235 m). Bear left
and follow the path that from now on ascends gently. The Genil river
flows in a deep canyon on your left. Lined with old chestnut trees and
pistache bushes the wide path crosses a brook (55min) (1320 m) and
a couple of minutes later another brook.
When you encounter a ledge reaching out to the canyon (1h07min) (1360 m) look out from its tip to the
basin that opens up to both directions.
In a few minutes more, you come to a fork (1h10min)
(1370 m). Go left and zigzag steeply downhill.
The path takes you to the cottage of Vadillo by the bridge of Burro (1h15min) (1310 m). After the bridge the route bends first left and starts then to snake
uphill through a cypress forest. Later on the cypresses give way to
pines and oaks (1h40min) (1485 m). Across the canyon you spot your
return route. Higer up you enjoy a lovely view over the canyon.
When you reach the ridge of Cuesta de los Presidiarios (2h06min)
(1670 m) a mountain scenery opens up on both sides of the Vadillo gorge.
For a moment the route goes
along the left flank but soon it crosses the ridge to the southwestern
flank. A gorgeous view to the mountain tops starts to spread out on your
right. First you see the ridge of Loma del
Lamchar, which curves towards the top of Veleta.
The most prominent is the northern face of Mulhacen.
Watch for a stone cottage on the right hand side of the path (2h36min)
(1780 m). Do not continue uphill along the path by the cottage, but go
to the cottage yard with
walnut trees, where you find a stone table. By
the table you encounter a path that you start following. Muchacen rises
now in front of you.
The path takes
you to the cottage of Aceral (3h05min)
(1810 m) where you bend left. The treacherously narrow path leads you to the upper
part of a gorge (3h18min) (1820 m) which you cross to the opposite flank. When the path forks (3h40min) (1800 m) descend to the right
towards the bridge crossing the Real river. From the bridge (4h) (1670 m) you have a lovely view to the water.
On the other side of the bridge, follow the path
with white-yellow waymarks to
the right. A half an hour later, you discern a waterfall on the opposite
side of the gorge. When you reach a wooden bridge, the river
changes its name to Genil (4h55min) (1485 m). Soon you encounter the
impressive ruins of of an excavation community (1495 m).
The path slopes gently down to an information panel (5h15min) (1460 m) where you find the path of "Pecuaria Canada Real del Camino del
los Neveros". Ignore this path that branches off left. When you
come to the fork, where you took the path to the cottage of Vadillo,
keep left and return along the familiar path back to the parking place (7h).