El Cambrón Hiking Route

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El Cambrón Hiking Route

This route links the Dehesa del Oso recreation area with the peak of El Cambrón, which is a large, rocky mass with almost vertical walls that rise above a sea of pines. At Dehesa del Oso you can find a fast-flowing spring, stone tables, small meadows and beautiful walnut trees. The route itself ascends gently via a narrow forest trail, running through a dense forest of European black pine, abundant holm oaks and even a few examples of gall oaks. You will be rewarded with a panorama that stretches from Onsares valley (through which flows the upper section of the River Guadalimar) to the Calar del Mundo mountains and the Sierra de Alcaraz range in Albacete.

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NAME OF ROUTE TYPE OF ROUTE
PR-A 173 Cumbre del Cambrón Linear (return the same way).
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

Dehesa del Oso Recreation Area. From the A-310, heading away from La Puerta de Segura and towards Siles, once you have passed kilometre 12 there is a well-maintained road on the left-hand side that goes through the hamlet of La Pendolera. Stay on the road and 14.8 kilometres further along you will come to Dehesa del Oso.

1125
ARRIVAL POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Cumbre de Navalperal Lookout Hut 1552
TOTAL DISTANCE (M): 4600 (ONE WAY)
Asphalted or paved sections (m): 0 0% of total
Tracks, forest trails or watercourses (m): 3800 83% of total
Footpaths (m): 800 17% of total
Drovers' roads/bridlepaths (m) % of total
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME
2 hours 45 minutes
TYPE OF TERRAIN (ROCKY, SANDY, ETC.)
Sandy and rocky
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: 427 M
Cumulative ascent 439 m
Cumulative descent 12 m
DIFFICULTY ACCORDING TO ENVIRONMENT, ROUTE, PROGRESS AND EFFORT

ENVIRONMENT: the severity of the natural environment. 2

ROUTE: orientating yourself on the route. 1

PROGRESS: the difficulty of progressing along the route. 2

EFFORT: the amount of effort needed. 2
ACCESSIBILITY
Horseback, bicycle and on foot
MAPS
Topographical map of ANDALUSIA (1:10,000), pages 865-41 and 865-42
WAYPOINTS (IN SEQUENCE OF OUTWARD LEG)


Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Elevation (m)

1

Start: Recreation Area

30S
x=536816 y=4257511

1125

2

Collado de las Lagunillas

30S
x=537525 y=4258093

1223

3

Panoramic Views

30S
x=537776 y=4256365

1363

4

End of the Track

30S
x=538058 y=4256890

1433

5

Limestone Crag

30S
x=537973 y=4257077

1520

6

Jaén Lookout Hut

30S
x=537579 y=4257147

1552

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LINKS WITH OTHER ROUTES

The forest trail providing access to Dehesa del Oso links up with the PR-A 151 Siles to Villarrodrigo route.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route links the Dehesa del Oso Recreation Area with the peak of El Cambrón, which is a large, rocky mass with almost vertical walls that rise above a sea of pines. At Dehesa del Oso you can find a fast-flowing spring, stone tables, small meadows and beautiful walnut trees. The route itself ascends gently via a narrow forest trail, running through a dense forest of European black pine, abundant holm oaks and even a few examples of gall oaks.

You will be rewarded with a panorama that stretches from Onsares valley (through which flows the upper section of the River Guadalimar) to the Calar del Mundo mountains and the Sierra de Alcaraz range in Albacete. The final section of the route climbs up along a trail used by shepherds, which winds its way between the rocks before opening out on to an impressive limestone shelf: this limestone pavement, as they are called, is typically found in these karst landscapes and includes a few small, rocky mounds on which only a few isolated European black pines are able to survive. From the lookout hut (used to watch for forest fires) there is a breathtaking view that encompasses the plains of Ciudad Real in La Mancha and Albacete and stretches all the way to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Crossing to the other end of the limestone pavement you will come across another lookout hut, this one belonging to the province of Castilla-La Mancha, and you may be able to observe the abundant crag martins and red-billed choughs and admire the flight of the griffon vulture and peregrine falcon. Flocks of mouflon can also be seen here.

When you reach Collado de Las Lagunillas, the path ahead will take you to the hamlet of El Bellotar, which lies within the province of Albacete. However, if you take the path to the right it will take you straight to the foot of the limestone crag, where another path leads up to the summit.

When you come to the end of the track, take the shepherds' path to your left, which zigzags its way upwards. Depending on how you arrive at the limestone shelf, the path will become more difficult to make out: follow the marks you will see on boundary stones, pine trees and the support-struts of the plaques that demarcate the park's boundaries.

Finally, you will reach the Jaén lookout hut, which is used to watch for forest fires. We strongly recommend that you cross over the limestone shelf to the other lookout hut towards the east, belonging to the province of Castilla-La Mancha, which itself is only 15 minutes away.
ELEVATION PROFILE

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POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPALITY/IES
Siles
COUNTY/IES
Comarca de Segura
NEARBY RECREATION AND SPORTS AREAS
Dehesa del Oso
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST (ARCHITECTURAL, HISTORICAL/CULTURAL AND GEOLOGICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL)
The route is signposted "PR"
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