The Cumbres Verdes (Green Peaks) are well known to the local spanish Granadinos as they are very close to the Granada ring road (20 mins), so access is easy. In spite of this the walking is quiet and unspoilt and has a certain attraction missing in the higher and wilder Sierra Nevada.
Lush green valleys fight with arid badlands for possession of the land and this gives varied and interesting scenery and views.
A perfect day out for those visiting Granada itself!
- The Peak of Trevenque
- Las Arenales and the Dilar Valley
- The Cerro Huenes Group
- Remote Ridges of Los Alayos de Dilar
Fantastic day out! An ascent of Trevenque which is a fantastic rocky peak. We then descended down through pine forests on meandering forest tracks and then completed a circuit back to where we started. Great guide that led us on a very varied route with stunning views. Would recommend Spanish Highs
Articles on the Cumbres Verdes
Trevenque is located approximately 11 kms to the west north-west of Veleta and at 2,083m, it is significantly lower. It is however higher than the peaks which surround it and is an impressive looking lump of rock when approached from the west…
This article will make reference to our sketch map of the area below. We will try to suggest improvements to the normal routes taken on this peak. By short diversions, a better and more wonderful mountain day will be experienced…
Our Day Walks in the Cumbres Verdes, Granada
The Peak of Trevenque
This well known summit is one of the most spectacular and dramatic in the Sierra Nevada. The mountain is steep on all sides but there are numerous ways up to it’s majestic summit of 2079m.
We ascend the peak from Collado Sevilla and the arid badlands in the valley of Las Arenales. Then it’s a steep climb up to the summit by-passing incredible pinnacles and rock formations.
It is steep but on a simple path where the hands are not really required. The summit is on a steep sided pinnacle with views in all directions as the mountain is isolated. A return is made initially the same way and then by using an undulating ridge with views to the Cerro Huenes group.
Las Arenales and Dilar Valley
A contasting and constantly interesting hike through very varied scenery.
From Collado Sevilla we take a rough trail through arid badlands into the Barranco de Buho and hence to Las Arenales dry river valley. We turn right through a small pass and the walk contrasts instantly. Gone are the dry badlands and we enter the green and lush Dilar valley.
Dropping through pine forests we encounter the delightful Cortijo Rosales with it’s super views. A great place for lunch! Then further down through the forest before linking with a path contouring round a dramatic gorge high above the Dilar Valley. This leads back to the start point.
The Cerro Huenes Group
This lovely group of mountains lies in the north of the area and a great day walk of some 5 hours can link all the major summits, including, Pico de Carne (1809m), Cerro Gordo (1889m) and Cerro Huenes (1802m).
Return is made via Fuente Fria and forest and mountain side tracks back to the start point of the bridge at Siete Ojos. All this of course has the wonderful Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.
Remote Ridges Alayos de Dilar
This remote ridge can be accessed from the Dilar valley or indeed Collado Sevilla. Well worth a day trip
Both start points give exhilarating access to this long, arid ridge which can be followed in its entirety by those with a head for heights. But, following the ridge crest can get tedious due to the amount of vegetation and rough ground. A better alternative is the good path just below the ridge crest.
The ridge has many summit but by far the best is the Corazon de la Sandia ("Heart of the Watermelon"). This peak is 1877m high and the final rise to the summit is an exposed scramble. This walk alternates between rich, green forests and dry arid badlands and thus gives a really interesting day walk!