|Walk back to the signposts (1090 m) and take
the narrow sand road signposted for Collado Buey. All the way from the
beginning you have nice views down into the valley.
Ignore all side tracks
and paths. Also in La Santica (20 min)
(1210 m), follow the main road.
Do not turn on the track that forks left. Looking northwest you can
marvel the views to the mountains and plains. When you meet a signposted
fork (50min) (1355 m), go right for Calderón and Gavilan.
After La Canaleja (52min)
(1370 m)you look over the valley of San Miguel with
the village. Continue past El Bisco until you meet a sign on the right
hand side of the road. Follow this sign for Calderón (1h35min) (1650
m). When the track meets another track (1h45min)
(1670 m), go right.
By the signpost "Refugio Collado Buey" (1h55min) (1715 m) a
peculiar landscape surrounds you. From the
grayish ground grow stray
trees, bushes and large green
juniper circles. You descend in a shallow
furrow and then ascend to the Collado Buey (2h15min) (1725 m). Keep
straight ahead following the signs for Riodeva and Arcos de las Salinas.
On your right you see the cabin of the Pass of Buey (Refugio Collado
Buey). If you need drinking water you can visit the cabin. Otherwise
keep going straight ahead.
Take the track that turns off to the right (2h21min) (1715 m).
Immediately after the turn you have signposts in front of you. Follow
the sign for Nacimiento Río Arcos straight ahead. Soon the route starts
to follow the gorge
of Saladillo. Later you cross
it and soon after that you see a cabin
You encounter a sign for San Miguel on the right hand side of the
track (2h35min) (1710 m). Turn on to this track and keep
the track that turns off to the right. It leads only to the cabin. When
the track forks (3h) (1655 m) by a hill, go left. In 15 minutes you reach a panel
which tells you location on the route. After the panel you meet a
solitary tree on a green ground (3h18min) (1660 m). At the next fork, follow the green pole to the left (3h23min)
Ignore the track with a white-yellow waymark that turns off to the
right (3h30min) (1630 m). Go straight ahead past a watering
hole and soon you will find the
white-yellow waymarks on this track as well.
If you want to see primeval
trees, turn right on a track with the
sign "Las Blancas" (4h) (1450 m). It takes some 10 minutes
from the junction to Las Blancas. If you are not interested in Las
Blancas, keep going straight on.
After passing a large watertank and a gutter, but before reaching an
cattle shed, turn right on a path with a white-yellow waymark (4h20min)
(1320 m). First the descent is quite steep, but within ten minutes it
gets gentler. You pass the Javandal fountain (4h40min)
(1210 m) and
follow the gorge of Chorro towards San
Miguel to an asphalt road (4h55min) (1115 m). Turn
right and return to the church (4h58min) (1110 m).