Winter Mountaineering in the eastern Sierra Nevada
Access This relatively unknown area in the far eastern “Sierra Almeriense” with easy access is often overlooked. There is no recommendable ski touring here and yet the northern slopes are rocky, steep and broken. When the snow lies low down or a severe cold spell of high pressure arrives from the N then some interesting mountaineering is to be found. This guide highlights the two mountaineering classics of the area but many other climbs of an “exploratory” nature could be made on surrounding mountains and butresses.
Winter Mountaineering on Alcazaba (3371m), Sierra Nevada
Access There are 3 main routes: (1) Via the Hoya de Portillo ranger station above Capileira (3hrs) but depends on getting a car to the 2200m start point in the forest. Little ascent and the easiest route in good conditions. (2) Via the Acequia route (3hrs). Not recommended if snow and ice below 2500m as this route will involve traversing angled slopes. Hard on the old feet! (3) The Poqueira Gorge.
Winter Mountaineering on Cerro de los Machos and Veta Grande, Sierra Nevada
Access By Car From the main Granada ring road (Circunvalación) follow the well signposted mountain road to Sierra Nevada (A-395). This leads to the main ski resort at Pradollano. At km30 and just before entering the resort turn left following signs to Hoya de la Mora and Albergues de Granada. At km35 and at 2500m altitude, the road ends. There are car parks on either side of the road. This is the Hoya de la Mora.