We depart from the farm-estate Los Quejigales about 500 m.
along the water surrounded by Pine trees. Here we begin the unending
ascension up to Cañada del Cuerno, where we begin to see
a forest full of Spanish firs and, led by the guide, climb higher
still. Following this trail, in a short time we reach the Puerto
de los Pilones, starting point for many interesting excursions
to the Sierra de las Nieves. Here we pass a lane with a television
receiver that wepass on our left and from where we begin to descend
between the gall oaks, which are not normally found at such high
altitudes. From here we begin to see the Pico del Torrecilla,
altitude of 1.919 m., that serves as a reference on our way to the
base. From the base, the peak is easily attackable in two hundred
meters or so.
Los Quejigales we find the Refugio Félix Rodríguez de la
Fuente, and a camping area owned by The Environmental Agency. 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.