|Cross the A-337 and bend left to the edge of
the pine forest (2040 m). Although you do not find any track or path,
you can see that people have been walking up the slope. After climbing
some five minutes, you find a path. When the pine forest and the path
end, continue uphill. The slope is easy to walk and you find here and
there concrete poles waymarking the route to Morrón del Hornillo.
Looking behind you see the cottage
of Puerto de la Ragua down below. When
you reach the crest follow it to the right. At the highest point of
Morrón del Hornillo you encounter a clear path and a concrete pole (1h)
Continue on this path towards the peak of the Morrón
First you descend into a small depression and follow then the concrete
poles to the top of Sanjuanero (1h35min) (2610 m). The Chullo and
Morrón del Mediodia dominate the mountain views. Looking over the
valley to the north, you see the nature park of Sierra de
Follow the crest to the right gently downwards. A narrow path runs
along it and the terrain is very easy to walk. You lose some 50 meters
of altitude (1h50min) before the ascent to the Morrón del Mediodia
begins. Again the route is waymarked with concrete poles. From the top
of Mediodia (2h22min) (2755 m) you enjoy magnificent views to the snowy
peaks of Mulhacén and Veleta. Looking right, obliquely forward, you
discern a track which is your return route. In the valley you see the
villages of Aldeire
and La Calahorra with its tall castle.
Start descending along the slope lined by beautiful rock
You pass a gorge that leads down to the left (3h08min) (2425 m). On the
opposite slope of this gorge you see a beautiful path ascending from
Valor. Ignore it and continue along the crest gently downwards. You
cross a creek (3h33min) (2345 m) and right after that another creek. For
a while the path runs on a mossy ground and bends then to the right
following the sheer slopes of a gorge. When the slope becomes much more
gentle and you see a wide fire break on the opposite slope (3h50min)
(2265 m), start descending along the slope that has no path but is very
easy and quick to walk. Make it directly towards the fire break.
you reach it, you find a track with white-red waymarks (4h03min)
m). Turn right and follow this charming track lined by snowtopped
You cross a couple of creeks before the track starts to skirt a
forest (4h13min) (2045 m). In spring, water flows along the right hand
side of the track. Probably you meet cows before passing
your left. Some ten minutes after crossing another creek, a path with a
white-red waymark forks off right (4h42min) (1970 m).
Follow this path cross three gorges and pass a fine
rock formation to
the Cortijo de las Chorreras (4h57min) (1940 m) where you find a stone
cottage and a number of signs. Continue straight ahead on the path
towards Puerto de la Ragua. Again you cross a couple of creeks and pass
a waterfall pouring down from the slopes on your right. The gently
ascending route starts to follow the edge of an old
forest, crosses a
gorge (5h20min) (2015 m) and dives into the forest. From now on the path
winds its way steeply uphill. When the forest ends, a fine mountain view
opens up to the northern tops of Sierra Nevada (5h28min) (2065 m).
When you meet a track (5h44min) (2160 m), turn right uphill. Some
five minutes later a waymark guides you on a path that branches off left
(5h49min) (2200 m). This path keeps ascending gently for a while before
starting its descent into the gorge on your right. When you reach the
bed of the gorge, it bends left and leads to a track (6h14min) (2095 m).
Turn left and walk back to the cottage of Puerto de la Ragua (6h23min).