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WALK FROM EL CHORRO STATION ON THE LOWER SLOPES OF HUMA (Approx 8km)

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Maps 1038 - 1&3

 

To get to the start

Drive to El Chorro station and park there.

The walk

Facing the rail line at El Chorro station, take the road on your left along the side of the station building. Follow it round to the right, and then to the left so that there is a row of derelict cottages on your left. Shortly after, take the right fork up hill (the left goes to the campsite and the entrance to the tunnels).

Keep following the main track, taking you just under the crags. These are the south face of a large rock outcrop, and the walk takes you between it and La Huma. Towards the end of the outcrop the track takes a left turn. Follow it iuphill, gnoring a turn to the right, and then as it levels out, take a track to the left , marked by a post with an X, up towards some woods.

Continue into the woods until you reach a junction with a notice board and turn left on the track here. Keep going until you come out of the forest. As you come out of the forest, you will see olive trees and later almond trees on your immediate left, and beyond them, further on your left, a large field which stretches down the valley.

You need to make your way to the lowest point in the field, down the valley. Do this by continuing along the track and then heading left through the trees wherever you can, and then turning right towards the bottom of the field. The easiest way is to turn left through the trees just before a small arroyo (dry stream bed) that heads downhill towards the . Follow the line of the arroyo until it turns right, and then keep on ahead for a few metres to another small arroyo. Cross it, and turn immediately right to follow it down the hill, keeping it on your immediate right. (when the field is overgrown there is usually a small path here)

Head for a small pile of rocks with minature palms close to the lowest point in the field. Pass just to the left of this and pick up a small footpath heading left. Follow the path downhill towards the very large rocky outcrop on the right. Eventually you will meet a fence. Continue along this until around 40 m beyond a group of trees on your left. Go left through the gap in the fence and take the path left and slightly downhill towards a rock pinnacle.

By the pinnacle, take a flight of steps down the side of the crags. This is a steep descent, on steps and sometimes tumbled rocks. Take the main footpath through a network of small paths along the bottom of the crags. Keep parallel to the crags, past a large overhanging pine tree and an electricity pylon, until the path meets the wide track which has been been coming up from below on your right.. Turn right onto the track and follow it back to El Chorro.

Features

Wild flowers especially in Spring and Autumn

-Ruined cottages in the woods, some with eras (threshing circles) and one with a bread oven

-Two different views over El Chorro

-Flocks of vultures flying over the gorge

-Mountain goats around the crags

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