|Continue from the square (1540 m) right uphill
following the sign for the "Ruta Siete Lagunas". In one minute
turn left uphill. The lane bends right and you find the sign for the
Seven Lagoons in the beginning of a path (4min) (1560 m).
After crossing a bridge (14min) (1615 m), the path forks (18min)
(1635 m). Go right. You cross a stream along stepping stones and come to
a fountain (25min) (1675 m). Soon you see Treveléz on your right.
You pass a couple of stone cottages and a large house made of slates
(50min) (1800 m). Soon after this house the path forks (53min) (1830 m).
Follow the sign for Seven Lagoons to the left.
In a couple of minutes you reach a gate. Remember to close it behind
you. Before the second gate (1h23min) (2020 m), the ascent gets easier. A stream and rose
bushes line the route. Probably you meet cows and bulls grazing on the
slopes. You cross another stream (1h27min) (2050 m) and find another
sign for the Seven Lagoons (1h30min) (2070 m).
After the third gate (2h05min) (2375 m), you ascend to a small
hillock on top of which is a house and a signpost informing you
that it takes two hours from there to Treveléz. From now on you walk
through green meadows dodded with myriads of flowers and
crystal clear water. In fifteen minutes a waterfall starts glistering in
front of you. Heading towards it
you come to a fast-flowing stream,
lined by colorful flowers (2h27min) (2500 m).
The path follows this
stream that soon transforms into a series of
cascades (2h39min) (2570 m). Cross this rushing water along a rock
reaching to the other side of the stream (2h43min) (2580 m).
From now on follow piles of stones waymarking the ongoing path which
bends right and comes to the waterfall (3h03min) (2775 m). Take the
steep path on the right hand side of the down pouring
water. First you
ascend between large boulders and then on a wet grass. In the plateau
(3h35min) (2890 m) you encounter a fabulously beautiful landscape. The blue
lagoon Hondera rests in a
green field with bright flowers. A number of
streams snake from the lagoon lined by the eastern wall of Mulhacen, the
highest mountain of Spain.
Start following the main stream southwest. The second
smaller (3h47min) (2930 m). Keep following the stream uphill and you
come to the third lagoon (3h53min) (2980 m). This lagoon is much deeper
than the previous ones, and its water is almost turquoise. Continue
following the stream upwards. The next two lagoons are side by side.
First you see the lagoon on your right and soon after that reach the
waterfront of the oter one (4h08min) (3025 m). We did this route in July
when the two uppermost lagoons were dry. Anyway, it is worth climbing up
to look down to the plateau where you can discern the lagoons and the
main stream in its full lenght (4h18min) (3065 m).
Return the same
way. Spare your feet by walking on the soft moss and
grass. You can cut the bends of the stream, but then you have to walk on
hard rocks. On your way back you probably meet parties of hikers and
riders that plan to stay overnight on the mountains. Allow some four
hours to return to Treveléz (8h18min).