|Ascend from the parking place (2515 m) along a
path which cuts the curves of the upward winding road. You pass the
triangle formed statute of the "Virgen de la Nieve". When the
path ends (1h30min) (3120 m) turn right on the road.
You see the Laguna
of Yeguas on your right. At the fork
(1h50min) (3205 m)go right. The left fork ascends to the top of Veleta.
At the next fork (1h58min) (3200 m), keep left. Almost immediately after
taking this track you see the cottage of
Carihuela on your
The track snakes its way through a stony terrain opening views to
gorges and lagunas. First you pass the Laguna
of Vasares and later the Lagunas
of Río Seco. On your way you probably meet half-tame ibis.
Branch off left on a path waymarked by two stone piles (3h) (3080 m).
When you reach the crest (3h12min) (3165 m), bend left. Follow the crest
about 40 meters and descend on a path leading downhill to the right.
Below you see the laguna of
Caldera. The narrow path takes you to the
cottage of Caldera (3h40min) (3065 m). In front you see a steep path
along the slope of Mulhacen. Walk on a track to the beginning of the
path (3h50min) (3050 m). The path leads to the
top of Mulhacen (4h40min)
(3479 m), where you probably meet a number of proud hikers.
From the top you have a great view over the Lagunas of Caldera und
Caldereta in the west. The gorge of Valdecasillas and the Laguna Mosca
are in the north. In the northwest rises Alcazaba and the eastern crest
of Sierra Nevada behind it. In the sourthwest you discern the largest
laguna, called Hondera, in the Valley of Seven Lagunas.
From the top continue on the path that follows the crest to its other
end, where you find another concrete pole (4h57min)
(3362 m). From the
left side of the pole starts a descending path waymarked with piles of
stones. Later you see a track below. When the path forks (5h40min) (2980
m), go right and descend along the gentle slope towards the track. Once
you reach the track (5h50min) (2860 m), turn right. You pass the cottage
of Caldera (6h35min) and continue along the track straight forward.
Later you discern the cottage of Poqueira in the valley on your left
(6h58min) (3075 m). You go by the path that led to the crest (7h15min)
and return along the familiar route back to the ski center (9h45min).