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GR 249. Stage 20: Embalses del Guadalhorce - Estación de El Chorro

Diputación de Málaga

GR 249. Stage 20: Embalses del Guadalhorce - Estación de El Chorro

EMOCIONES

El trabajo personal que acompaña a esta etapa se corresponde con la Responsabilidad. Representa la etapa más emocional y de mayor profundidad, para la que es necesario una cuestión de honestidad y estar dispuestos a querer revisarse a sí mismos. Para un proceso personal de la forma más adecuada se invita realizar su recorrido haciendo uso del silencio y así poder atender nuestro dialogo interior, invitándonos a esa conexión, que nos permite unificar cuerpo, mente, emoción y alcanzar la tranquilidad.

La intención que se pretende es reflexionar acerca de cuál ha sido nuestra parte de responsabilidad en las situaciones que nos rodean, cuál ha sido nuestra influencia y contribución para que haya sucedido, así como identificar los mecanismos para superarnos física, mental, emocionalmente y poder reproducirlos en otras áreas de nuestra vida. Lo que realmente se pretende es acallar la mente pensante para ver en lo que aparentemente se presenta como obstáculos y piedras que dificultan el camino, oportunidades para aprender y avanzar mejorando nuestras vidas, tomando decisiones que marquen un antes y un después, aparcando las quejas y el papel de víctimas para responsabilizarnos de aquello que nos corresponde, creando una diferencia, con la intención de adquirir la habilidad para decidir respuestas ante cualquier situación, implantar el éxito, la tranquilidad y la realización personal como estilo de vida.

Routes
Routes On foot On a bicycle On a horse
Access -

1. Initiation Stage:

Access Starting point: From A-357 road between Campillos and Ardales take the A-7286 then exit, following the signs to Pantanos on an unmarked road. Coming from Ardales take the MA-5403 to the Puerto de la Atalaya. There, the
described service road leads to the reservoirs. Take the road leading downhill, the MA-4400, to get to El Chorro.

Starting point: Reservoirs of the Guadalhorce and the Guadalteba, where both dams meet.

Enjoy the walk safely: The total of ascents and descents, the length of the route, the walk´s altitude and its solitude require planning this stage in detail. The road at the beginning of the stage has very little traffic but it is narrow and sometimes offers little visibility.

There is no possibility of stocking up on drinking water. The water from the Fuente de la Viuda spring has not been treated for consumption. The area of pine forest is very dense. Also, here you must take extra precautions to prevent forest fi res. You will cross the Arroyo del Chorro stream bed twice, but it is so unlikely that it will contain any water that there was no need to mark these crossings as fords on the corresponding icon of this stage.

2. Completion of Stage:

Access to finish point:  From the Puerto de la Atalaya, access as described above. From Álora, take the A-343 and turn off at the Valle de Abdalajís to follow the MA-4401 or directly from the MA-3401.

Finish point: The train stop at the Estación deEl Chorro.

3. Alternatives:

Possible "escape  routes": In the fi rst section the “escape plan” is clear: down the network of tracks to the dam of Guadalhorce. There is a tarmac track along its left bank leading to the starting point. However, once you are at the highest point of the stage, the best option is walking down the track to kilometre marker 16 to the Valle de Abdalajís.

No return point: From the Cortijo Campano it is best to keep moving forwar

Connections to other footpaths and trails: Relatively close by, at the dam end of the Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir, there are a
couple of paths which have been adapted for walking and which lead along the edge of Embalse del Gaitanejo reservoir and some sandstone areas. These paths are highly recommended and comfortable.

This stage has been designed using the network of service paths for the management of the protected Natural Area and livestock or forestry farms. These tracks coincide, most of the time, with the limits of the Paraje Natural and are well-known stomping grounds for cyclists attracted by the easily accessed, mountainous circular route.

At km 10, on the right, there is a junction with Camino de Sierra Llana which leads uphill to an area of dense Savin juniper and planted pine woods. Five hundred meters ahead you start walking along the very steep Camino del Cortijo del Madroño, until kilometre 12.5 where this Camino branches off to your right (the farmhouse is a little further up). Head for the Cortijo Campano.

From km 14.5 km you will be walking along the Vereda del Tajo de la Pedrera. Ignore the track which leads towards the Valle de Abdalajís, called Camino de los Peñascales, which doesn´t belong to the Great Path of Málaga. The best known public path here is the Camino de las Pedreras, leading from the Cortijo under the same name up to the Estación de El Chorro. That route is also described on an information panel at the train stop as Haza del Río. One of the most frequented walks used to climb the Huma is called Escalera Árabe (Arab staircase). It splits off in the area of las Pedreras at kilometre 18, westwards and then northwards. 

In this same section, between kilometre markers 16.2 and 22, our walk meets the GR-7 E-4 coming from the east. This is stage 7 of GR-7 E-4, slightly over 10 kilometres long and named El Chorro - Abdalajís. The middle part of Stage 20, in any case, is certain to have coincided with the path that had been used from the Neolithic period to link the Guadalhorce Valley with the Vega de Antequera by the Puerto del Rosalejo pass.

 

Duration - 6:05 horas
Length - 22000 Km