El Pilarillo to Cumbre de Peñalta Hiking Route

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El Pilarillo to Cumbre de Peñalta Hiking Route

This route begins close to Pilarillo Forest House and ends at Peñalta peak. For much of the way it passes through forests of European black pine, beneath which is a dense undergrowth of holm oak, kermes oak, gall oak, cistus and aromatic plants such as rosemary, thyme and lavender. Broom can be found in the rockier areas.

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NAME OF ROUTE TYPE OF ROUTE
PILARILLO TO CUMBRE DE PEÑALTA Linear (return the same way)
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

Starting out from Orcera, continue on towards Benatae and after a kilometre you will notice a small park with a fountain on your right-hand side. From here, take the narrow forest trail that leads off towards the right.

Departure point
6.1 kilometres along the aforementioned track (the JF-7016) you will arrive at the old Pilarillo forest house, which has been rebuilt and is now a rural hostel. The trail begins a few metres further on.

1040 M
ARRIVAL POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Cumbre del Peñalta Lookout Hut 1412 m
TOTAL DISTANCE (M): 4770 (ONE WAY)
Asphalted or paved sections (m): 0 0% of total
Tracks, forest trails or watercourses (m): 4100 86% of total
Footpaths (m): 670 14% of total
Drovers' roads/bridlepaths (m): % of total
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME
3 hours 15 minutes (round trip)
TYPE OF TERRAIN (ROCKY, SANDY, ETC.)
Sandy and rocky
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: 372 M
Cumulative ascent 499 m
Cumulative descent 124 m
DIFFICULTY ACCORDING TO ENVIRONMENT, ROUTE, PROGRESS AND EFFORT

Medio

ENVIRONMENT: the severity of the natural environment. 1

Itinerario

ROUTE: orientating yourself on the route. 1

Desplazamiento

PROGRESS: the difficulty of progressing along the route. 2

Esfuerzo

EFFORT: the amount of effort needed. 3
ACCESSIBILITY
Horsebook, on foot and – with the exception of the final 630 metres – by bicycle and 4x4
MAPS
IGN topographical maps of ANDALUSIA (1:25,000), pages 21 and 22
WAYPOINTS (IN SEQUENCE OF OUTWARD LEG)


Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Elevation (m)

1

Start

30S x=533310 y=4243376

1040

2

Puerto de Siles

30S x=533198 y=4243530

1074

3

Hill

30S x=531020 y=4242784

1211

4

Lookout Hut

30S x=531700 y=4243661

1412

Ruta a pie El Pilarillo - Cumbre de Peñalta

LINKS WITH OTHER ROUTES
GR 147, GR 147.1 (it does not link up with this route, but rather with a track that leads to this route and is signposted with arrows) and PR-A 179
ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route begins close to Pilarillo Forest House and ends at Peñalta peak. For much of the way it passes through forests of European black pine, beneath which is a dense undergrowth of holm oak, kermes oak, gall oak, cistus and aromatic plants such as rosemary, thyme and lavender. Broom can be found in the rockier areas. You will be gently ascending via a peaceful forest trail, which leads in a southwesterly direction before turning towards the northeast and becoming somewhat steeper. The final section of the route is a bridlepath that makes its way through a bare, rocky landscape that is typical of the park's highlands.

At the peak itself, which is actually the tip of a sharp boulder, there is a lookout hut which is used to watch for forest fires. From here you will be rewarded with a sublime view of the park's mountains: to the north you can see Benatae, Siles, the peaks of Piedra del Cambrón and Almenaras – part of the Alcaraz mountain range – and all the way to the vast expanse of plains in La Mancha.

To the south you can make out the shape of El Yelmo in the Segura mountains, identifiable by the castle perched at the top, and beyond it the waters of Tranco reservoir and the Cazorla and Las Villas mountains. Finally, to the east you can feast your eyes on the great limestone crags of Navalperal, El Espino and Cobos, all part of the Segura mountain range.

In this area foxes, squirrels and wild boar are abundant, while you may spot Spanish ibex up at the peak. The birds of prey found here include peregrine falcons, griffon vultures and short-toed eagles, which migrate over from Africa in order to make their nests here. At dusk, you may hear the hooting of tawny owls from deep within the forest.

ELEVATION PROFILE

Ruta a pie El Pilarillo - Cumbre de Peñalta

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPALITY/IES

Orcera

COUNTY/IES

Segura

NEARBY RECREATION AND SPORTS AREAS

Los Estrechos, near the starting point, and La Fuente de San Miguel, near Benatae

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST (ARCHITECTURAL, HISTORICAL/CULTURAL AND GEOLOGICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL)

Take special care when traversing the rocks near the lookout hut. The route is signposted "PR-A 180".Water is available from the Pilarillo spring at the start of the route.

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Ruta a pie El Pilarillo - Cumbre de Peñalta



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