Cycling route: Mirabuenos - Los Centenares

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Cycling route: Mirabuenos - Los Centenares

The route starts on the trail to Cuesta de Mirabueno, on the Llanos de Arance track, and consists of one linear section (there and back) and one circular section. The route starts at 4.6 km on the A-319 road, on a closed track on your right. The track climbs up through the three types of pine found in the Nature Reserve (Aleppo pine, Coriscan pine and European black pine) as you gain altitude. Half-way up you also go through a forest of magnificent ilexes.

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NAME OF THE TRAIL TYPE OF TRAIL
TRAIL FROM MIRABUENO TO LOS CENTENARES Linear and circular
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

On the A-319 road, take the turn-off to Llanos de Arance and follow the JF-7099 track that leads to the entrance of the campsite. Your route starts at the second track on your right.

681 m
END POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Aldea de Los Centenares 1171 m
TOTAL DISTANCE (IN METRES): 42100
Asphalted or cement sections (in metres): 0 % of the total 0 %
Sections of track or forest track or dry riverbed (in metres): 42100 % of the total 100%
Trail Sections (in metres) % of the total %
Sections of Livestock Routes (in metres) - Green Route % of the total %
SUITABILITY FOR CYCLING (%)
100%
TYPE OF TRACK SURFACE (i.e. ROCKY, SANDY)
Sandy and rocky
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE GAIN: 834 M
Accumulated ascent 1938 m
Accumulated descent 1941 m
TYPE OF ACCESSIBILITY
Cycling, on horseback, on foot
MAPS
Topographic maps of JAÉN (01:10.000): 908 13; 908 23; 908 12; 908 22
WAYPOINTS (IN CONSECUTIVE ORDER FROM START TO FINISH)

Short Name

Description

Coordinates

LAT[º]

LON[º]

Elevation [m]

1

Starting point of the Cuesta de Mirabueno Trail

30S

x=516361 y=4213744

4213744

30 516360

692

2

Fuente del Roble. Tornajos

30S

x=519393 y=4213635

4213635

30 519392

1245

3

Trail to Los Archites and the Puente de Hierro iron bridge

30S

x=519459 y=4213736

4213735

30 519459

1233

4

Old vulture feeding trough known as Comedero de Buitres

30S

x=519335 y=4213317

4213316

30 519335

1303

5

Ascent to Majal Alto - Panoramic views

30S

x=520033 y=4212845

4212845

30 520033

1456

6

Las Canalejas

30S

x=522110 y=4214368

4214367

30 522110

1355

7

Los Centenares

30S

x=522983 y=4214142

4214142

30 522982

1386

8

Los Archites

30S

x=521101 y=4215709

4215709

30 521101

1016

9

The Puente de Hierro iron bridge

30S

x=520998 y=4218025

4218024

30 520998

686

10

Mirabueno viewpoint

30S

=516047 y=4214438

4214438

30 516046

638


DESCRIPTION OF THE ITINERARY

The route starts on the trail to Cuesta de Mirabueno, on the Llanos de Arance track, and consists of one linear section (there and back) and one circular section. The route starts at 4.6 km on the A-319 road, where there is a closed track on your right. The track climbs up through the three types of pine found in the Nature Reserve (Aleppo pine, Coriscan pine and European black pine) as you gain altitude. Half-way up you also go through a forest of magnificent ilexes. 

You can refresh yourself at the Fuente del Roble fountain that lends its name to the first part of the route. When you arrive at the crossroads to Los Archites, at km 6.7, turn right at first to do the round trip section. Subsequently, when you return to this point, take the track on the left. The linear section has some very interesting spots, such as the old vulture feeding trough at km 7.2 and the shelter for forest guards at Majal Alto, which affords stunning views of the whole Banderillas massif and the Guadalquivir Valley (km 9.1). After reaching the top of Majal Alto, take a short break and then continue uphill to arrive first at the hamlet of Las Canalejas and then at Los Centenares. These are two of the villages that were abandoned when the Cazorla-Segura National Hunting Reserve was created in 1960. 

From Los Centenares, head back along the same trail until you come to km 4.6, where you take the track to Archites, another group of farmhouses that were once inhabited. The locals planted all sorts of cereals in the surrounding land, most of which is now forest. 

Finally, following the track downhill, you arrive at the edge of the Embalse del Tranco reservoir, directly opposite Cabeza de la Viña Island, at the iron bridge known as Puente de Hierro.  Turn left to circle the flat banks of the reservoir. You pass the ruins of Bujaraiza Castle on your right and the Bujaraiza plain, which is well known as the scene of bellows and clashes between huge male deer during the September rutting season when the does are in heat. Finally, you arrive at the Mirabueno viewpoint overlooking the River Guadalquivir, only 300 m from your starting point.
ELEVATION PROFILES

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS EN ROUTE
Santiago-Pontones
REGION(S) TO WHICH THEY BELONG
Sierra de Segura region
RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS AREAS NEAR THE TRAIL
Llanos de Arance
MAPS



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