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Los Quejigales-Peñón de los Enamorados

Profile of the Route

Environment: Sierra de las Nieves.

Access: Own Vehicle.

Reference:Farm-estate Los Quejigales, situated 13 Kms. from the nacional highway Ronda-San Pedro de Alcantara, at Km. 13 after the two crosses on the left.

Duration: 5 hours.

Duración: 3 horas.

Departing from Los Quejigales, we continue about 500 m. more to along the river populated by an orchard of Pine trees. Here begins the unending ascension by the Cañada del Cuervo, where we can begin to see a beautiful forest full of Spanish firs, as the guide takes us up higher still. Following this road, in a short time we reach the Puerto de los Pilones. Continuing on the same road we reach the top where we find a windy road that crosses a plateau at an altitude of 1.7000 m. This area is full of great beauty with gall oaks that transmit a magical feeling. Continuing along this path we will begin to observe the clear figure of the Peñón de los Enamorados, 1.775 m. high, that is in front of us. We reach the base and after a short climb we arrive at the summit, from where we have an excellent, panoramic view of the entire area.

In Los Quejigales we find the Refugio Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, and a camping zone owned by The Agency of the Environment. Next we come upon one of the deepest caves in the world, with a profundity of 1.100 m., called Gems abyss. Although this excursion is available year-round, it can be difficult in the summer because of the heat and in the winter because of the cold and ice. In the winter, the path disappears completely and appropriate apparel is necessary; boots, winter coat, etc.