Walk up Picos De Mijas
This is a walk of about 12km taking roughly 3 and a half hours, and ascending to almost 1000m. It is an uphill track all the way, turning to quite a strenuous climb for the last couple of kilometres, including some scrambling. Wear boots!
It is easy to find, and an agreeable walk through pine and oak woods, with a few interesting features along the way. The reward for your efforts is a most amazing view, probably some of the best in the area, stretching as far as Gibraltar to the west and to the Sierra Nevadas to the east. The most complicated part of the exercise is actually finding the start of the walk.
Finding the start of the walk:
From Coin/Alhaurin Del Grande direction take the A404/A366 towards Alhaurin de la Torre. Look out for the Km 11 roadsign, and a small white sign reading Urb. San Jorge, where you turn right off the main road, and at the top turn right, passing Calle Laurel and turning left into Calle Tomillo. Follow this road up the hill, passing several very fancy villas until the road turns into a dirt track. Keep going into the pine woods, ignoring a left hand branch to your left, on the main track for about 1km, until the track reaches a staggered crossroads, with a house just above it. Park on the left hand cross, and begin the walk by continuing up on the track to the right of this through the woods.
Within a few minutes of the start of the walk you will be able to see the white meteorological sphere on the summit up to your right. Ignore a branch to the right, and then 80 metres on, turn left at the Y junction on to a level track. The track veers slightly downhill until a rough little path leading to a stone stairway appears on the right. – Take this up to the Fuente de Arabouche , a lovely little stone fountain with the watercourse above it. Keeping this watercourse to your left continue climbing for another 200 metres up a well made path until you reach a forest hut. Find a path to the left of the smaller hut hut behind the main one, and follow it through the woods.
The directions are easy from here. Just follow the main path upwards. It is stony and sandy in places but very easy to find and well made.
After climbing for about an hour and a quarter the path reaches a flat clearing, where you will see a larger track running from Alhaurin to Coin. There is a signpost to your left saying El Tomate de la Mata de Arriba. Cross directly over the larger track to the roughr sandy one. This climbs for a bit then runs parallel to the larger track. The views from here are amazing, looking over the bay of Malaga towards the Sierra Nevada. Shortly after, the track becomes steeper and rougher; the most strenuous part of the walk. Struggle on for about half an hour, when the summit comes into view. The trail broadens out to a wider sandy track, joining the main service track to the metereological station. Follow this to the top, where the most superb views stretch down to Gibraltar on your right and back towards the Sierra Nevadas to your left.
After taking a well earned break, retrace your steps down through the woods again. This will take you probably less than an hour.