|In Hoya del Portillo you find an information
centre. Take the path that starts by the centre (2160 m) and ascends
through a pine
forest. At the first fork (3min) (2180 m), go left, and
at the second (6min) (2195 m), go right. When you reach a clearing
(22min) (2295 m), a beautiful mountain landscape opens up on your left.
The path comes to a forest road (31min) (2345 m). Cross this
continue on a track left downhill following the sign for Poqueira. You
are walking towards the hill called Loma Cacillo de los Moros and
towards a peak called Pico de la Alegas. When the track bends right
(41min) (2335 m), the highest mountain of the Iberian peninsula,
Mulhacen rises in front of you. Later on the view
encompasses all the highest peaks
of the westside of the Sierra Nevada.
When the track forks (55min) (2350 m), bear right. A mountain called
Prado Llano dominates the view on your right. Keep an eye on the left
hand side of the track from where a path branches off (1h04min) (2395 m). Take this
path. Alto del Chorillo rises in front of you. The path
widens into a track that runs between mountains along the right hand
side of a deep gorge. In the distance you can discern the Poqueira cottage.
Take a path that branches off left downhill (1h50min) (2610 m). When
you encounter another track (1h54min) (2590 m), turn left. In a couple
of minutes, you see a waterfall on your right. The track snakes its way
downhill and meets the waterfall twice. Pass a cattlehouse on the left hand
side of the track and continue on the track to the cottage (2h30min)
(2490 m) that offers food, drinks and accommodation.
Start your way back to the Hoya del Portillo by following the track
pass the path on which you descended on this track. Higher up you meet
the track from which the path started (3h16min) (2640 m). This time,
ignore this track that joins in from right. The track on which you are
walking bends here right.
You come to the junction with signposts (3h28min) (2705 m). Turn
right for Capileira. At this junction you can discern an ascending path,
which leads to the top of Mulhacen.
Walking on the sandroad towards Capileira you see the Alto del
Chorillo that rises on your right. In five minutes, you pass a path that
comes from Treveléz. Ignore it and continue straight
ahead. Later on the Sierra
Lujar starts to dominate the views. Visit Puerto Molina by branching off left on a lane
lined by stones (4h30min)
(2390 m). In Puerto Molina you find ruins and a number of fine
information panels on history, geology, plants and animals of the
After visiting Puerto Molina, keep on the road downhill for
approximately one minute until a forest road forks off right. Follow
this road to the beginning of the already familiar path that branches
off left (4h34min) (2345 m) and return to the Hoya del Portillo (5h).