Río Borosa Hiking Route

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Río Borosa Hiking Route

This is justifiably the most popular hiking route in the park, which also means that it can become crowded on peak days. Taken together, the fast flowing waters of the Borosa, the rocks through which the river flows and the dense riparian vegetation combine to form one of the most spectacular river scenes in southern Spain.

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NAME OF ROUTE TYPE OF ROUTE
RÍO BOROSA TO SALTO DE LOS ÓRGANOS Short; linear
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

From the Torre del Vinagre Visitors' Centre on the A-319 make your way to the hamlet of Loma de Mariángela, located close to the Borosa fish farm and River Borosa Visitors' Centre.

681 m
ARRIVAL POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Salto de los Órganos 1171 m
TOTAL DISTANCE (M): 8923
Asphalted or paved sections (m): 0 0% of total
Tracks, forest trails or watercourses (m): 6400 71% of total
Footpaths (m): 2523 29% of total
Drovers' roads/bridlepaths (m): % of total
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME
2 hours 10 minutes
TYPE OF TERRAIN (ROCKY, SANDY, ETC.)
Sandy and rocky
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: 490 M
Cumulative ascent 619 m
Cumulative descent 143 m
DIFFICULTY ACCORDING TO ENVIRONMENT, ROUTE, PROGRESS AND EFFORT

ENVIRONMENT: the severity of the natural environment. 3

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 or on foot.
MAPS
Topographical maps of JAÉN (1:10,000), 907 44; 908 14;929 11
WAYPOINTS (IN SEQUENCE OF OUTWARD LEG)


Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Lat. (º)

Lon. (º)

Elevation (m)

1

Charco de la Cuna

30S

x=512333 y=4207630

4207630

30 512332

697

2

Arroyo de las Truchas

30S

x=512542 y=4206972

4206971

30 512542

725

3

Puente de los Caracolillos

30S

x=513258 y=4206585

4206585

30 513258

746

4

Cerrada de Elias

30S

x=514558 y=4205378

4205377

30 514558

837

5

Huelga de Nidillo

30S

x=515821 y=4204538

4204537

30 515821

878

6

Los Órganos Electricity Plant

30S

x=516345 y=4203693

4203693

30 516344

939

7

Salto de los Órganos

30S

x=515973 y=4202468

4202467

30 515973

1175

LINKS WITH OTHER ROUTES

The first section of this route is also part of the GR-7 route, and the two diverge at Puente de los Caracolillos. From Salto de los Órganos you may follow this route towards the Aguas Negras reservoir and Lake Valdeazores via the tunnels.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This is, justifiably, the most popular hiking route in the park, which also means that it can become crowded on peak days. Taken together, the fast flowing waters of the Borosa, the rocks through which the river flows and the dense riparian vegetation combine to form one of the most spectacular river scenes in southern Spain.

To begin the route, go to the Torre del Vinagre Visitors' Centre on the A-319 and turn off for the River Borosa Visitors' Centre. The trail begins next to the fish farm that is adjacent to the Visitors' Centre.

Initially you will be walking along a forest trail that is closed to private vehicles and runs parallel to the river. This is one of the most pleasant hikes the park has to offer, particularly the first section, which also coincides with the GR 7 route: the two trails continue on together until the bridge of Puente de los Caracolillos, where this trail turns off to maintain its course parallel to the River Borosa. At kilometre 3.3, leave the trail and turn left on to a path that continues on alongside the river. This path will lead you through the Cerrada de Elías, a narrow, rocky ravine where the river flows into cold, crystal-clear pools. Further on you will rejoin the original trail and continue on upriver, crossing from one side to the other until you reach Los Órganos Electricity Plant, where the trail ends.

This spot also marks the start of a steep, serpentine path that follows the course of a stream which flows through a much narrower, rockier and steeper ravine than the one traversed earlier, and is replete with spectacular waterfalls. The route ends at Salto de los Órganos, undoubtedly one of the park's most breathtaking waterfalls: it is said that it owes its name ("the Organ Falls") to the sound that was made by the falling tree trunks which, many years ago, were cut down in this area and transported out via the waterfalls. Much of this route borders one of the park's Reserve Areas, which enjoy the highest levels of protection thanks to their environmental significance.

Throughout the 10 kilometres of its length the River Borosa is one of the fastest-flowing tributaries of the Guadalquivir in the park. It rises from the large underground aquifer that is found in the intermontane plateau of the Campos de Hernán Perea, which gives the river its impressive flow and year-round regularity. The Borosa flows through a number of ravines, which create a spectacular landscape of continuous waterfalls and pools, and it is also an extremely healthy river: it boasts cold, crystalline water that encourages the presence of dense riparine vegetation and abundant wildlife.

This route also has a lot to teach hikers about geology, with its fascinating and easily noticeable synclines and anticlines.
ELEVATION PROFILE

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPALITY/IES
Santiago-Pontones and La Iruela
COUNTY/IES
Sierra de Segura and Cazorla
NEARBY RECREATION AND SPORTS AREAS
Puente Badén and Los Rodeos
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