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How to get there: Driving on the A-326 from Castril towards Huéscar turn left after some 4 km, between the kilometre posts 28 and 29, on a narrow asphalt road signposted to "Parque Natural Sierra de Castril" and "Nacimiento del Río". When the road forks some 400 metres further, keep right. It turns into a sand road after 1.3 km from the junction. Drive on this road altogether 8.3 km until you see an information panel on the walking route "Hoyos de Moreno - Barranco de Canalejas" on your right. (Roadmap)

Distance: 2h42min/8.7km

By the panel (1030 m) you find an uphill path. After walking few minutes in a forest a river starts to flow on your left. When you meet another path (10min) (1110 m), turn left. You follow the right side of the Canalejas gorge, and descend later into its bed (22min) (1150 m). On your left you see a wooden pole waymarking an ascending path. Again the path slopes down into the bed of the gorge (30min) (1195 m) and you find another path on your left in three minutes. Next time the path continues from the bed of the gorge to the right (43min) (1245 m), and the following time to the left once more (55min) (1285 m).

The path takes you to a track (1h13min) (1370 m). Turn right towards the ruins of a building. In a minute you meet another track, Camino Hoyos de Moreno. Turn left uphill. You walk through a beautiful pine forest to a hill (1h33min) (1430 m) where the track bends right downhill. Ignore a track that forks off left (1h38min) (1425 m) and continue straight ahead on the track lined by green terraces.

Descending slowly along the track you pass the Cortijo del Peñon (1h50min) (1360 m) and cross some brooks. Further down you see magnificent stone columns and other rock formations with bizarre forms and later the building of the Nacimiento del Río surrounded by sheer rock walls. In front of you loom the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. When you come to the road of the Nacimiento del Río (2h24min) (1125 m), turn left and follow the river to the beginning of the ruote (2h42min).


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