Climb Cerro de Caballo in Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains

Year round ascents of Europe's most southerly and westerly 3000m peak, the Cerro de Caballo, Sierra Nevada

View north to veleta from the summit
View north to veleta from the summit

Why Climb Cerro de Caballo (3009m)?

Sumary

Ascent of Europes most south westerly 3000m peak, Cerro de Caballo, from the Mirador de Rinconada via the Tres Mojones ridge

This day walk is described in detail in Route 12 of the Cicerone Press guidebook, "Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada"

Grade: Challenging

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Seasonal Notes

The western flanks of the Cerro del Caballo get blasted by the prevailing winds from the south west and hence frequently expose the snow to bare ice. Ice axe and crampons essential when snow lies on the mountain (Dec to May)

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Access

The village of Nigüelas (925m) lies just off the main A-44 motorway between Granada and Motril. A series of dirt tracks leads above the village which are especially useful for access to the western Sierra Nevada. 4WD cars only! This is good as it means the Cerro de Caballo remains a quiet and secluded mountain.

The Route

A path opposite the Mirador leads through a small plantation of pines and ascends steadily north east to join the Loma de los Tres Mojones. This broad ridge turns towards the east. Follow the faint path rising towards the peak ahead. Close to the summit the main path from the col to the north joins from the left. Follow this to the summit whilst enjoying the spectacular views down to the lake and refuge to the left (2.5hr).

Descend the same way initially until a direct route to the col can be followed. Drop down the steep hillside east from the col directly to the Laguna del Caballo nestled in the cirque below, with the refuge just beyond.

If time permits, the prominent peak beyond the lake, Morron (2868m), is well worth a visit for the sensational vistas northwards down the length of the Lanjarón valley. Allow 45min for the return trip from the refuge.

From the refuge a path traverses south across the head of the bowl containing the small lake of Lavadero de la Reina and then continues south west via the Hoya del Zorro to reach some ruins at 2830m

Continue past the ruins and down towards the pass beyond. The next section of the route is pathless as we contour around the south west side of the peak making a slow descending traverse over rough stony ground at or about the 2800m level to rejoin the Loma de los Tres Mojones. The route of ascent is joined and followed back to the start point.

Interactive Map & Route Data

Cerro de Caballo via Tres Mojones
Challenging Circular walk
13km5-6hrs
961m961m

Interactive map below

Dates & Prices

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Prices

Group size (per booking): (prices are per person per day)
  • 1 person - cost €130
  • 2 persons - cost €85
  • 3 persons - cost €75
  • 4 persons - cost €65

Definition of "Group" - if you are booking a trip for 2 persons the 2 person rate applies, 3 persons - 3 person rate etc (not dependent on eventual total group size!).

Price includes:
  • Guiding
  • Local transport to and from Lanjaron/trailhead
  • Backup vehicles
  • We have a limited number of walking poles for the use of guests if required
  • Gear hire in winter conditions ie ice axe, crampons, helmet. Also stove if required.

Over 4 persons - Group discounts apply. Enquire via email or contact form

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