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Ascending Mulhacen from the Hoya del Portillo and Alta de Chorrillo

Report sent in from Pepe Badaje of his first ascent of Mulhacen in July 2011. Done in a long day from the Hoya del Portillo to the south above Capileira.

We leave Lanjarón at seven in the morning from the petrol station, arriving at the Hoya del Portillo above Capileira, where no vehicles can  continue at 8am. From this point begins a trek of more than four hours to the summit of Mulhacen, the highest point in mainland Spain.

Continuing along the trail we reached the Mirador de Trevélez, indicated by a sign. We can peek down to see these alpujarreño people at our feet. After the Mirador, we reached the Alta de Chorrillo, from where leaves a track to the left to the Refugio Poqueira.

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Loma Pelada provides a great viewpoint for the winter Sierra Nevada

Loma Pelada is often traversed, especially in the summer months as a way to get from Veleta to Mulhacen. Yet the path passes between the two summit peaks and consequently they are rarely visited. This is a shame, as the more northerly summit provides outstanding views of the majestic northern faces of the Sierra Nevada.

Climbing the final slopes to the summit. Raspones behind

Climbing the final slopes to the summit. Raspones behind

The mountain is perched on the main ridge just to the west of the dramatic Laguna de la Caldera. The higher southerly summit of the mountain rises to 3181 metres and tops the northern peak by a mere 3 metres. Make the 5 minute walk to the north though because the view and situation is well worth it and deserved.… Read the rest

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