Circular Cycling route: Campos de Hernán Pelea

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Circular Cycling route: Campos de Hernán Pelea

This route runs through the extensive karstic platform of Campos de Hernán Pelea, a plateau standing at 1600 to 1700 m above sea level that is a major underground reservoir for the entire Nature Reserve. This is a circular route that starts in Aldea de Don Domingo, a town you can reach by taking an asphalted road from the town of Santiago de la Espada.

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NAME OF THE TRAIL TYPE OF TRAIL
CIRCULAR - CAMPOS DE HERNÁN PELEA Linear and circular
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Aldea de Don Domingo

ITINERARY: DON DOMINGO- LA RAMBLA- CAMPO DEL ESPINO- PINAR NEGRO- LOS CHARCONES- RAMBLA SECA- JUAN FRÍA- DON DOMINGO

1544 m

END POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Aldea de Don Domingo

1544 m
TOTAL DISTANCE (IN METRES):

48220

Asphalted or cement sections (in metres): 0 % of the total 0 %
Sections of track or forest track or dry riverbed (in metres): 48220 % of the total 100%
Trail Sections (in metres) % of the total 0%
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: 267 M
Accumulated ascent 852 m
Accumulated descent 836 m
TYPE OF ACCESSIBILITY
Cycling, on horseback, on foot
MAPS
Topographic maps of ANDALUSIA published by ING (the National Geographic Institute) (1:25.000): PAGE 21
WAYPOINTS (IN CONSECUTIVE ORDER FROM START TO FINISH)

Short Name

Description

Coordinates

LAT[º]

1

Starts-Ends in Aldea de Don Domingo

30S
x=530553 y=4209391

1544

2

Rambla de los Cuartos (a dry riverbed)

30S x=530226 y=4208436

1492

3

Turn-off to Cortijo la Chaparra farmhouse

30S x=526950 y=4208787

1611

4

Turn-off to Cortijo de Camarillas

30S x=525456 y=4207206

1640

5

Turn-off to the right

30S x=525308 y=4206813

1646

6

Turn-off to the right

30S x=524608 y=4206699

1664

7

Refugio Caña del Rincón shelter on the left

30S x=523211 y=4207452

1737

8

Sima del Hundimiento (a depression) on the left

30S x=522892 y=4207904

1757

9

Cortijo Campo del Espino

30S x=522603 y=4208652

1706

10

Turn-off to the right, ascent to the Banderillas hill

30S x=521458 y=4209098

1682

11

Cortijos de Pinar Negro

30S x=521458 y=4209099

1672

12

Turn-off to Tiná de Pinar Negro

30S x=519565 y=4206910

1661

13

Dry Riverbed

30S x=518645 y=4200048

1573

14

Shepherd's hut

30S x=521458 y=4209098

1581

15

Fork in the track

30S x=521687 y=4201033

1631

16

Refugio de Monterilla shelter

30S x=524018 y=4203197

1678

17

Fork in the track - Go to the right

30S x=525255 y=4203985

1720

18

Refugio Cañada Mergosa shelter

30S x=525569 y=4203900

1727

19

Cortijos La Pinadilla

30S x=527126 y=4205021

1693

20

Fork in the track - Go straight ahead

30S x=528744 y=4205379

1703

21

Pino Galapán (a huge pine)

30S x=529575 y=4207087

1570

22

Tiná Prado Flores

30S x=530481 y=4207848

1574


DESCRIPTION OF THE ITINERARY

This route runs through the extensive karstic platform of Campos de Hernán Pelea, a plateau standing at 1600 to 1700 m above sea level that is a major underground reservoir for the entire Nature Reserve. This is a circular route that starts in Aldea de Don Domingo, a town you can reach by taking an asphalted road from the town of Santiago de la Espada.

Take the track that starts next to the Don Domingo Forestry House and heads in the direction of the Rambla (dry riverbed) which you will get to after 1.5 km. The riverbed only carries water occasionally but the water level can rise sharply in a flood. Instead of crossing it, take the track on the right that runs parallel to the stream. This is prime livestock raising land, so you will come across flocks of Segura sheep, drinking troughs, and extensive grazing land dotted with Corsican pine in some areas, broom in others, and barberries.

The track forks at km 5.5. The track to the right goes to the Cortijos de la Chaparra farmhouses. You go straight ahead. Further on, at km 7.5, you come to another turn-off to the right that goes to the Cortijos de Camarillas. Carry on straight ahead.

After 8.4 km you come to another crossroads where you turn right and after 600 m you will come to yet another crossroads where you again bear right. Just before it, you will have passed a secondary track that turns off to the right.

At km 11.5 you pass another track on the left that goes to the Cañá del Rincon shepherd's hut. Your track continues on a gradual ascent and around 500 metres further on you leave it behind to turn onto a less frequently used track on your left. At this point, around 200 m to the left there is a very striking depression shaped like an almost perfect funnel. Shortly after you go over a hill and start a steep descent towards the broad plains of Campo del Espino. You see Banderillas peak opposite and a cluster of trees just ahead that belong to the Pinar Negro estate, which you go through. At km 13 you pass the Campo de Espino farmhouse on your left, where you bear right to go around the cluster of trees and then turn left again a bit further on, heading towards Banderillas. You pass a barren, treeless hill on your right, which is known as Majal de la Carrasca.

After 15.2 km you pass a secondary track on the right that would take you to the top of Bandilleras. You continue straight ahead and barely 1.3 km later you pass the Pinar Negro farmhouses on the right, where there is a well. Here and for several more km the track runs along the foothills of Banderillas peak, which is on your right, and innumerable dolines on your left, as well as rocks, a pine forest and extensive grazing lands.

At km 18 you come to a fork where you go to the right. The track on the left goes to Tiná del Pinar Negro and you can also take it to go to the Sima de Pinar Negro, a vertical hollow with several hundred metres of galleries.

You now go through an area known as the Charcones, densely populated by wildlife and closed to motor vehicles, where wild animals are frequently spotted. The track goes gently downhill but soon begins to climb again up to the steep crests of Cuerda del Risco and Alto del Infierno, where it descends again to Rambla Seca, a dry riverbed.

When you arrive at Rambla Seca you will have done just over 28 km. Here you find a shepherd's hut and a trough made of masonry with running water. To continue your route you must turn left and follow the main track. The old Rambla Seca control point is on your right.

From here on you are not likely to get lost, providing you stay on the more frequently used tracks. At km 31.5 you pass a new forest track on your left and at km 35 you pass the Monterilla Shelter. You pass another track on the left 1.7 km further on and soon come to the Cañada Mergosa Shelter.
When you reach km 39 the landscape begins to change and there are a few Coriscan pines. Soon, 500 m further on, you pass the Cortijos de la Pinadilla farmhouses on your left. A little later, at km 42, you pass the track that goes to Cuartos del Pinar on your right. You continue straight ahead on the right bank of the Arroyo de la Juan Fría stream. Shortly after, you begin to see some amazingly tall Coriscan pines on your left. On the other side of the stream, at km 44.2, stands the Pino Galapán, the tallest of all the Coriscan pines in the Nature Reserve.

After that, you must follow your track, which goes gently upwards to the top of a low hill, passing Tiná Prado Flores on your left. At km 47 you come to the Rambla de los Cuartos riverbed again, which you saw at the beginning. This is where you cross it and head back to Don Domingo along the same trail you took when you started out.

ELEVATION PROFILES

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS EN ROUTE
Santiago-Pontones
REGION(S) TO WHICH THEY BELONG
Sierra de Segura region



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