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Mountaineering Torrecilla, Sierra de las Nieves: Andalucia, Spain


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Mar 15, 2024
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Pico Torrecilla is the very best peak in Sierra de las Nieves Nationwide Park. Sitting on protected land, this peak options unimaginable views of the cities of Yunquera and Tolox under, in addition to views of the Strait of Gibraltar, and on a transparent day, you’ll be able to see all the way in which to Mulhacen, the very best peak in Sierra Nevada Nationwide Park. On this article, we’re going to cowl every little thing you want and need to find out about this unimaginable mountain.

Distance – 14.6 miles spherical journey (23.5 km)
Top – 6,296 toes (1919 m)
Elevation acquire – 3,917 toes (1194 meters)
Length – 6-8 hours
Issue – Tough
Trailhead Places – Puerto Saucillo
Canine: Allowed

Want To Know Data​

  • This hike is canine pleasant.
  • There are not any dependable water sources on the hike, and this may be extraordinarily scorching territory, particularly in the summertime.
  • That is excessive elevation and uncovered to the climate, so at all times bringing a wind and waterproof layer is essential. Even on the most well liked days.
  • Within the months of January and February, it is vitally potential for his or her to be snowy circumstances, and amassed snow on the bottom.
  • Beginning early is extremely advisable.

Path Map​

We have now created a map under of this route. This map has a GPX obtain button so to use that GPX file for any machine or mapping software program you’d want.

Instructions & Parking​

There are a number of alternative ways to summit Torrecilla, however just one widespread method. Hikers begin at Puerto Saucillo, or the marginally decrease trailhead if the highway is closed. There’s not a lot parking, so throughout the peak seasons, it might probably get crammed.

Bus System​

There is a bus system that takes individuals from Ronda or Malaga to Yunquera.

Tenting & Lodging​

Tenting will not be allowed on this park. One of the best place to remain is the City of Yunquera, the place you’ll be able to truly hike to the height from. Mountaineering kind the city will add about 3 hours spherical journey to your hike, so it is strongly recommended to drive to the trailhead, or rent a taxi.

There’s additionally a tenting complicated and hostel that’s typically used. Information on that can be found here.

Climate Forecast​

Right here is a good hyperlink for the summit forecast for Torrecilla

As well as, you must examine the climate for down low within the city of Yunquera.

Land Historical past​

Sierra de las Nieves Nationwide Park was established in July of 2021 when it was additional protected and upgraded from a Pure Park to a Nationwide Park. Torrecilla itself has been protected since 1995 because it has been acknowledged as an vital organic space with over 1,500 acknowledged species of vegetation, many unique to the realm, 120 species of birds, unimaginable cave networks, pure springs, towering peaks, and general gorgeous terrain.

Torrecilla towers over some close by historic, and delightful cities, most notably the white homed villages, like close by Yunquera and Tolox.

Route Description​

Hikers start at Puerto Saucillo. It’s potential that the highway is closed to automobiles to Puerto Saucillo, wherein case hikers would wish to park on the decrease gate, and easily hike the highway as much as Puerto Saucillo.

There’s a signal with a map at Puerto Saucillo, the place hikers start in a forested path from this trailhead. There are literally two choices from the trailhead, one which takes hikers alongside the ridge, and one within the extra forested sections, which is extra traveled. We propose staying within the forest to take pleasure in these timber and keep sheltered from the solar.

The path is effectively traveled, easy, and simple to observe. It persistently beneficial properties elevation till hikers go treeline, and might look again at Yunquera down under.

Yunquera as seen from the trail

This picture is taken simply after getting above treeline at dawn and seeing Yunquera down under with peaks of Prieta and Blancilla above. Hikers proceed on the path, and start to begin seeing the entire protected Pinsapo timber for the restoration effort in impact. The size of this restoration is fairly unimaginable to see as you hike by way of the open space with 1000’s of Pinsapo timber.

Pinsapo tree restoration project

Shortly after a considerable amount of Pinsapo Timber, hikers will head in the direction of Peñon de los Enamorados, a close-by peak that may be seen from the path. Hikers will attain a ridge the place Torrecilla might be seen for the primary time since beginning the hike within the distance.

The first point in the hike where you can see Pico Torrecilla

The primary level within the hike the place you’ll be able to see Pico Torrecilla. The path continues to be simple to observe, and also you’ll see outdated aqueducts in varied places. From the this ridge, the hike is kind of flat and loses elevation over the following couple of miles.

Views along the way

Hikers proceed on the path and get excellent and distinctive views at varied locations.

Historic site near the summit of Torrecilla

Hikers ultimately come throughout an outdated aqueduct on the base of the final push to the summit of Torrecilla. The final push to the summit is a comparatively steep path, however simple to observe and simple.

Views on the summit are unimaginable.

Total, this hike may be very easy, it’s merely a comparatively lengthy distance, and options about 4,000 toes of elevation acquire, making it fairly a protracted day for most individuals. Don’t take this mountain frivolously, because the size, particularly within the warmth of the day, might be brutal. You should definitely convey sufficient water, over two liters per individual. I’d advocate 3+ liters.

On our hike, we every took a 2 liter hydration bladder, after which a bottle of gatorade.

Torrecilla summit views

Torrecilla summit views

Mulhacen off in the distance

Mulhacen off within the distance

Looking towards the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains

Wanting in the direction of the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founding father of hikingandfishing.com. He has a ardour for the outside and making outside schooling and journey extra accessible. Max is a broadcast writer for varied outside journey, journey, and advertising web sites. He’s an skilled hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, path runner, and spends his free time within the outdoor. These adventures enable him to check gear, be taught new abilities, and expertise new locations in order that he can educate others. Max grew up mountain climbing throughout New Hampshire and New England. He turned obsessive about the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, the place he guided hikes and path runs within the White Mountains. Since shifting out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures within the mountains, at all times testing gear, studying abilities, gaining expertise, and constructing his endurance for outside sports activities. You’ll be able to learn extra about his expertise right here: hikingandfishing/about

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