La Presilla Hiking Route

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La Presilla Hiking Route

At kilometre 12.5 on the A-315, past the Restaurante Vadillo in the direction of Quesada, you will come to a sharp bend to the right in the road next to the impressive Santuario de Tíscar shrine. The shrine is located next to the River Vadillo, at the site of a beautiful mountain pass and where the entrance to the stunning Cueva del Agua (“the Water Cave”) can be found. Before the bend straightens out again you will see a lane leading off and up towards the right; this marks the start of the route.

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NAME OF ROUTE TYPE OF ROUTE
LA PRESILLA CIRCULAR
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

From the A-6206, 12 kilometres from Quesada, before reaching the Santuario de Tíscar and after coming round a narrow bend to the left, a dirt track leads off and upwards towards the left.

922
ARRIVAL POINT ALTITUDE (M)
As above 922
TOTAL DISTANCE (M): 5130
Asphalted or paved sections (m): 1230 24% of total
Tracks, forest trails or watercourses (m): 3900 76% of total
Footpaths (m): % of total
Drovers' roads/bridlepaths (m): % of total
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME
1 hour 50 minutes
TYPE OF TERRAIN (ROCKY, SANDY, ETC.)
Sandy and rocky
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: 216 M
Cumulative ascent 236 m
Cumulative descent 245 m
DIFFICULTY ACCORDING TO ENVIRONMENT, ROUTE, PROGRESS AND EFFORT

ENVIRONMENT: the severity of the natural environment. 1

ROUTE: orientating yourself on the route. 1

PROGRESS: the difficulty of progressing along the route. 1

EFFORT: the amount of effort needed. 2
ACCESSIBILITY
Horseback, bicycle and on foot
MAPS
IGN topographical maps of ANDALUSIA (1:25,000), page 33
WAYPOINTS (IN SEQUENCE OF OUTWARD LEG)

Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Elevation (m)

1

Start

30S
x=498125 y=4180937

923

2

Crossroads

30S
x=498648 y=4180989

985

3

Junction with Los Maquis Route

30S
x=499359 y=4181778

1108

4

Junction with Asphalted Road

30S
x=498074 y=4181571

987

LINKS WITH OTHER ROUTES
Near the starting point, this route links up with the Cueva del Agua del Tiscar route
ROUTE DESCRIPTION

At kilometre 12.5 on the A-315, past the Restaurante Vadillo in the direction of Quesada, you will come to a sharp bend in the road next to the impressive Santuario de Tíscar shrine. The shrine is located next to the River Vadillo, at the site of a beautiful mountain pass and where the entrance to the stunning Cueva del Agua ("Water Cave") can be found. Before the bend straightens out again you will see a lane leading off and up towards the right; this marks the start of the route.
This lane provides access to a number of different access points to the various olive groves, and as such you should ensure that you stay on the main trail and do not turn off down any of the secondary tracks. Olive groves predominate the landscape here, punctuated by the occasional almond tree; today these olive groves are not very productive, owing to the altitude, although in earlier times they provided the sole livelihood of the people who lived in these mountains. 900 metres on from the start you will reach a crossroads: take the right-hand track and leave the path known as the Vereda del Vadillo, which continues ascending in a straight line to your left.
The track continues on between two rocky massifs: to your right lies a gorge, dotted with boulders, and to your left the peak of La Pedriza, which climbs to a height of 1179 metres. There are a number of different pathways through this part of the route, although if you stay on the main track you will arrive at a flat section featuring a number of orchards. At kilometre 2.6 you will reach a crossroads, where you must take the left-hand track in order to continue on round La Pedriza.
At this point of the route you are entering the ravine known as Barranco de la Presilla and will start to descend. Straight ahead and following the course of the stream upwards is the Los Maquis route, which commemorates the journeys made by the men who fought against Franco's dictatorship throughout the 1940s.
The bottom of the ravine is covered in groves of pine and oak and the track itself can be slippery when wet, so it is not recommended that you drive down to this point. The best time for exploring this route is autumn and winter, as that is when the greatest numbers of birds are present. At kilometre 4 you will arrive at an asphalted road leading to the Tiscar pass; if you turn left here and continue on for just over a kilometre you will arrive back at the starting point.

ELEVATION PROFILE

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPALITY/IES

Quesada

COUNTY/IES

Cazorla

NEARBY RECREATION AND SPORTS AREAS

Santuario de Tiscar shrine

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

The route is signposted with wooden posts featuring directional arrows

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