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Jardin Botánico El Hornico - Arroyo de la Venta - Arroyo Guazalamanco - Carretera de la Dehesa - Jardin Botánico El Hornico

Jardin Botánico El Hornico - Arroyo de la Venta - Arroyo Guazalamanco - Carretera de la Dehesa - Jardin Botánico El Hornico

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How to get there: Driving on the A-326 that starts from Pozo Alcón and leads to Huéscar, turn on a sand road that forks off between the kilometre posts K7 and K8. This road is signposted to "Itinerario Botaníco, Aula de la Naturaleza". Drive 2 km along it, through the gate of the Aula de la Naturaleza to its parking place. (Roadmap)

Distance: 3h15min/13km

At the parking place (1025 m) you find an information panel on the route and a path that starts by the panel. You cross a hill (6min) (1070 m) and descend to the bridge of Sabina (14min) (1025 m). After crossing the bridge, turn left. You follow a track that leads gently uphill following a gorge lined by fine rock walls on your left. When the track forks (31min) (1100 m), go right and start climbing a steep slope.

At the next fork (51min) (1260 m), keep left. The track turns into a path in a couple of minutes. When you come out from the pine forest (1h09min) (1395 m) you see a valley on your left and a giant rock behind. You come to a crossroads in a grassy field (1h17min) (1420 m). Continue straight ahead. Soon the path starts to slope down (1h20min) (1420 m) and passes ruins of a house (1h23min) (1410 m). Southward rises Sierra de la Cabrilla.

You go down along a steep slope and cross a brook (1h38min) (1300 m). Keep an eye on the right side of the path where you notice two wooden poles waymarking a path that branches off right (1h42min) (1310 m). In a minute the arrows guide you right again. When the path forks (1h49min) (1240 m) follow the blue arrow to the right. The narrow path leads through a brushwood to the brook of Guazalamanco (2h) (1140 m) and crosses it immediately.

The brook flows in small cascades on your left until you cross it again (2h05min). After passing a dam, you have to cross the brook once more along stones (2h08min) (1095 m). On the other side you find a wide path that turns into a track. Ignore a track that joins in from left behind (2h18min) (1070 m) and continue straight ahead. The track leads to a lookout spot (2h28min) (1050 m) and descends steeply towards the reservoir of Bolera to the sandroad of Dehesa (2h31min) (1015 m). Turn right.

Lined by fields of corn the road passes a training centre and crosses a bridge revealing a small part of the reservoir of Bolera before reaching the gate of the Aula de la Naturaleza (3h13min) (1025 m). Continue through the gate back to the parking place (3h15min).


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