Poyos de la Mesa Hiking Route

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Poyos de la Mesa Hiking Route

Navas are extremely fertile stretches of land located at a certain altitude and which have, since time immemorial, been used by residents of the mountains for grazing their livestock or planting crops. The first of these, which you can reach via the JF-7091 (a provincial road, the first section of which is asphalted before later becoming a dirt track), is known as the Nava del Espino and marks the beginning of this route. The trail begins next to the ruins of a forest house that once bore the same name as the nava. The trail consists of a narrow dirt track all the way to the end, and it is closed to private vehicles. It passes through a stunning forest of Corsican pine and wide expanses of pasture, gradually snaking its way upwards along the slopes of the peak of Los Poyos de la Mesa.

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NAME OF ROUTE TYPE OF ROUTE
POYOS DE LA MESA Short; linear (return the same way)
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

If you are coming from Cazorla, La Iruela or the Tranco dam via the A-319, continue on up to the junction of Empalme del Valle, which is located on the slope leading up to Puerto de las Palomas from the direction of Arroyo Frío. From here take the JF-7091, leaving on your right the turn-offs for the Parador, the village of Vadillo-Castril and the source of the River Guadalquivir. Continue along the asphalted road, which later becomes a forest trail, all the way to the navas mentioned above. The trail begins in the Nava del Espino, next to the ruins of the forest house of the same name, which you will see on your right.

1426 m
ARRIVAL POINT ALTITUDE (M)
The old Poyos de la Mesa lookout hut 1628 m
TOTAL DISTANCE (M): 6429 (ONE WAY)
Asphalted or paved sections (m): 0 0% of total
Tracks, forest trails or watercourses (m): 6429 100% of total
Footpaths (m): 0 0% of total
Drovers' roads/bridlepaths (m): % of total
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME
3 hours 12 minutes
TYPE OF TERRAIN (ROCKY, SANDY, ETC.)
Sandy and rocky
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: 202 M
Cumulative ascent 225 m
Cumulative descent 103m
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. 1

EFFORT: the amount of effort needed. 3
ACCESSIBILITY
Horseback, bicycle or on foot
MAPS
IGN topographical maps of ANDALUSIA (1:25,000), page 21
WAYPOINTS (IN SEQUENCE OF OUTWARD LEG)

Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Elevation (m)

1

Nava del Espino

30S
x=509195 y=4195606

1427

2

Nava del Espino Forest House

30S
x=509163 y=4195562

1427

3

Fork

30S
x=508926 y=4194183

1583

4

Collado de Galán

30S
x=508474 y=4194080

1619

5

Access Point for the Lookout Hut

30S
x=508257 y=4193928

1627

6

Crossroads

30S
x=507736 y=4193315

1609

7

Old Lookout Hut

30S
x=506893 y=4194324

1563

LINKS WITH OTHER ROUTES

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Navas are extremely fertile stretches of land located at a certain altitude and which have, since time immemorial, been used by residents for grazing their livestock or planting crops. The first of these, which you can reach via the JF-7091 (a provincial road, the first section of which is asphalted before later becoming a dirt track), is known as the Nava del Espino and marks the beginning of this route. The trail begins next to the ruins of a forest house that once bore the same name as the nava. .

The trail consists of a narrow dirt track all the way to the end, and it is closed to private vehicles. It passes through a stunning forest of Corsican pine and wide expanses of pasture, gradually snaking its way upwards along the slopes of the peak of Los Poyos de la Mesa. On this route it is easy to observe some of the park's large herbivores and you may be able to spot all four species as you progress.

After 2.4 kilometres you will reach a fork: take the right-hand path, which continues to gently ascend. Once you have passed the hill known as Collado del Galán at kilometre 3 you will start to notice the spectacular views to your right: almost without realising it, you have arrived at the tip of a limestone crag that is among the most characteristic examples of this type of landform in the park and marks the edge of a mesa or tableland. Here, the limestone directly underneath your feet acts as a large sponge that soaks up water during periods of heavy precipitation; this water gradually filters down until it emerges many months later and hundreds of metres below. When you reach kilometre 3.3 it is worth deviating from the route and turning off to the left, to climb up to a lookout hut situated on the rocky crest that runs parallel to the route.

This hut is used to watch for forest fires during the months of greatest risk. Just a few metres further on you will find yourself on a raised section of land that features sinkholes, potholes and large woodland clearings that provide excellent grazing and is therefore an ideal spot for observing wildlife. Continue along the original track to kilometre 4.1, where you will come to a crossroads: ignore the track straight ahead, which descends steeply, and take the track that leads off to the right and continues along the limestone crag. Finally you will reach the edge of a rocky gorge, where you will also find the old Los Poyos lookout hut. This location is a natural viewing point and offers impressive panoramas of the Guadalquivir valley.
ELEVATION PROFILE

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPALITY/IES

Cazorla

COUNTY/IES

Cazorla

NEARBY RECREATION AND SPORTS AREAS

La Garganta recreation area

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