The Sierra Nevada (with or without) Guide

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

Traverse of the Sierra Nevada 3000m peaks - Los Tres Miles Integral

Not the classic start to “Los Tres Miles” but one that is certainly more convenient with a higher start point

Nearing Puntal de Juntillas. All the major peaks visible to the south

  • Access: Güéjar Sierra via Granada. The town of Güéjar-Sierra (1000m) is very easily reached from Granada city in 30 mins via the A-395 (Cenes de la Vega and Pinos-Genil)
  • Start: Loma de los Cuartos. 0.5km east of Güéjar-Sierra turn L on a tarmac road. After a further 2km the road forks. Take the R which drops down and crosses the Rio Maitena (km 3) Once over the river the road, now a wide track zig zags up the Loma de la Cuna de los Cuartos. At 1930m the ridgeline is reached. There are superlative views of the north faces of Mulhacén, Alcazaba and Veleta at this point. The now level road continues eastwards for 2.5km to a chain across the road. This is as far as you can currently go. 4WD recommended
  • End: Trailhead S of Peña Caballera

Route Description

Day 1 - You will need 4WD transport to 2100m on the Loma de los Cuartos. Fairly gentle first day walk with 500m ascent to overnight camp in beautiful green and pleasant valley of Lavaderos de la Reina (4 hours)

Day 2 - Ascend all the northern peaks including Pico de Jerez (3090m), Puntal de Juntillas (3139m), Puntal de los Cuartos (3158m), Atalaya (3135m) and Puntal de Vacares (3136). Camp by lakes at Lagunillas de Calderetas (8 hours)

Day 3 - Ascent of Alcazaba (3371m) then drop down to Siete Lagunas. Suggested camp is by the higher lake of Laguna Altera (6 hours)

Day 4 - Ascent of highest peak in Spain, Mulhacen (3481m), walk over Loma Pelada (3178m), ascend Veleta (3398m) and then traverse Tajos de la Virgen ridge. Camp at Elorrieta or Laguna de Lanjaron (8 hours)

Day 5 - High level trek to Cerro de Caballo (3009m) via Pico del Cartujo (3152m) and Tajos Altos (3105). Descend ridge south to trailhead (5hrs). Optional descent to Lanjaron via Tello.

Wild camping suggestions - Lavaderos de la Reina, Laguna de Vacares, Laguna de la Calderetas, Rio de Goteron, Laguna Altera, Siete Lagunas, Laguna de la Caldera, Laguna de Rio Chico, Laguna de Aguas Verdes, Laguna de Lanjarón, Laguna de Caballo

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

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Map of trekking route

Recommended map: Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada 1:40000

Download link - GPX file

Los Tres Miles, Sierra Nevada, July 2013


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