|By the fountain (1160 m) you find a sign for
"Cerro el Calar". Follow this sign uphill to a steep track.
You pass a water tank and another sign for Cerro el Calar. The
track narrows into a path and
forks by a wooden pole
(10min) (1225 m). Go left. In a couple of minutes, you find another
wooden pole, this time with a white arrow that leads you to the left (13 min) (1240 m).
its way higher up the path opens up views to
Güéjar Sierra and the Canales
reservoir. A colourful rockwall lines
the route on your left. The steepest part of the ascent ends in the pass
of Altos del Toril, where you find two black crosses on a ledge (49min)
(1555 m). The path forks here. Continue left uphill. A number of peaks rise in
the south, including Mulhacen and Veleta. Later on, you encounter old
dugouts and machine-gun nests (Los Parapetos) which are remains from the Spanish civil
war (1h10min) (1750 m). By these constructions you meet a sign pointing
straight ahead for Collado de la Gitana.
After you have crossed a shallow depression, the path ascends to Alto de
(1h37min) (1860 m), where you enjoy a great mountain panorama extending
to all directions.
On your way down from the highlands you meet a wooden pole with a
white arrow pointing to the right (1h41min) (1840 m). Looking down you see a dark
rockwall. Once more a wooden
an arrow guides you to the right (1h55min) (1765 m).
Approaching the pass of Gitana you discern a number of paths down on
your right. When you reach the road that runs along the pass (2h15min) (1715 m) do not take the road or cross it, but turn back on the widest
that is running lowest.
Sheer rockwalls start to line the descending
path. It goes
between peculiar rock formations
(2h35min) (1615 m). An orange column of tens of meters rises on your
right. The various shapes leave a lot of room for your imagination.
Later on, the route runs between large bolders (2h55min) (1535 m).
Soon you discern the reservoir down in the valley.
The path descends to a
sandroad (3h20min) (1350 m). Turn left
downhill. The road comes to the upper part of Güéjar Sierra. Keep
right and return to the fountain (4h20min).