A moderately graded, varied and interesting summer day’s hiking route in the Sierra Nevada. As it is linear it does need the benefit of a friendly driver to help with the transport. It utilises a high vehicle track and a direct climb to gain height rapidly. Then comes a delightful descent down through pine trees and crossing streams before  meeting a forest track above Puente Palo.

The Rio Chico
The Rio Chico

This is a 10.81 km Walk in Capileira, Spain. The walk has a total ascent of 402m and has a maximum elevation of 2,699m. Descent of nearly 1000m.

  • Drop off is on the high road to the La Piuca refuge on the western side of the Poqueira valley high above Capileira

  • Ascend dry barranco to it’s head and eventual meeting with the south ridge of Las Alegas

  • Follow the ridge north to the summit of Las Alegas (2700m)

  • Walk north for 300m before dropping down left on pathless terrain to join a rough track

  • Follow the intermittent track SW alongside the mountain dropping gradually to the Refugio Cebollar (ruin)

  • Follow the nearly level trail towards the prominent rocks

  • A track goes back alongside the upper edge of the forest. This enters the forest and takes care to follow.

  • Emerge from the forest, drop height and pick up a good path that leads to the junction of rivers

  • Cross the river (slightly easier upstream if in spate) and pick up good track on far side

  • This leads easily down to join the forest tracks that lead to Puente Palo

Enjoying the view on Las Alegas
Enjoying the view on Las Alegas
Junction of upper Rio Chico rivers
Junction of upper Rio Chico rivers