Sierra Nevada (with or without) Guide

Routes, Maps & Inspiration for Self Guided Walking & Hiking in Spain's Sierra Nevada

Col de Veta Grande looking to Alcazaba and Mulhacen

The Northern Flanks of the Sierra Nevada in a day or 2 day trek

Great trek in the Sierra Nevada on narrow tracks and trails in superb mountain scenery visiting secluded lakes and valleys

Map of trekking route

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  • Access: Ski area via Granada. From the main Granada ring road (Circunvalación) follow the well signposted mountain road to Sierra Nevada (A-395). This leads to the main ski resort at Pradollano.
  • Start: Hoya de la Mora.  At km30 and just before entering the resort turn left following signs to Hoya de la Mora and Albergues de Granada. At km35 and at 2500m altitude, the road ends. There are car parks on either side of the road. This walk takes the summer bus service to Los Posiciones to start the route. Without this add another 1.5hr and 500m ascent to the route.
  • End: Los Posiciones/Hoya de la Mora

Route Description

If you make use of the summer bus (or ski lift) uplift to Los Posiciones de Veleta, then there is easy access to the start of this amazing route. Drop into the deep corrie of the Coral de Veleta via the narrow Veredon Superior path. Cross the valley floor on the remains of old moraines to the centre of the corrie.

Descend NE down a lateral moraine into an area of rushing waters and greenery. Cross the valley to the right on a faint track before starting up the zig zags that lead steeply up to the col before the peak of Veta Grande. This is a superb situation. The way ahead alongside the northern flanks of the Sierra Nevada ridge is seen from here, as are the Lagunas of Gabata and Laguna Larga.

The paths onwards are narrow and steep sided but hands are not necessary although a good head for heights might be. Another hour and the lakes are reached. A great place to wild camp if desired.

The narrow path continues crossing over the ridges of the Espolon de Puntal de la Caldera and arriving at a scrappy scree slope that must be ascended to reach the col near Juego de Bolos. Then onto the Collado de Ciervo before returning on the old road to the Collado de Carihuela and a return to the start point.

Wild camping suggestions - Laguna Larga, Laguna Gabata

Options - easy to extend this trip by taking in peaks along the way. The photos below show a 3 day trip outlined by this route in which we did many peaks adjacent to the route. A delightful trek!

N.B Please take note of National Park Rules and Regulations regarding Wild Camping

Recommended map: Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada 1:40000

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Sierra Nevada Northern flanks 3 day trek

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