4-5 km

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A lovely, short walk, ending with amazing views down into the interior of the gorge. It can be combined with the ‘North end of El Chorro gorge’ walk (an additional 4km) for a close up view of the northerly, more interesting, end of the gorge.

Relevant maps:

Cartografia Militar de España Serie L. Escala 1:50,000 Sheet 1038

Mapa Topográfico Nacional de E Escala 1:25,000 Sheets 1038-1

To get to the start

From El Chorro, take the road North for approx 6km till you meet the road to Ardales. Turn right at this junction. Follow the road for 2km. Turn right onto the track just before the tunnel. You will see the Mirador Restaurant above the road. Follow the track to a car park on the left a few metres after the restaurant. Park here. (Note, make sure there is nothing lying around in the car as there have been breakins around the lakes area).

The walk

From the car park continue along the track for a couple of hundred metres, then turn right onto the gated forestry track. (5 mins)

After roughly 0.5km take the smaller track uphill to the right (10 mins). This will pass a trig point on the left after about 1km (30 mins), and then turn into a footpath about 0.75 km later. (45 mins). Keep following the footpath for a further 0.5 km. It is rocky but well marked until it peters out at a very small cairn. (55 mins). Pico del Convento is the rocky outcrop (619m) to your right. The walk simply continues ahead of you a further few metres for fabulous views over the cliff into the interior of the gorge.

Return the same way. (1 hr 40 mins)

To extend the walk, down to the gorge, see the North end of El Chorro gorge sheet. There are two options.

Either, when you descend form Pico del Convento back to the main track, turn right down towards the gorge and reverse the North end of the gorge walk.

Or, start by following the North end of the gorge walk almost to the end and then turn left onto the Pico del Convento track about 200 m after the tunnel.