Sierra de Cazorla. From the Puntal del Aguila to the Borosa river. Inside of the Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas in the province of Jaen, Andalusia, there is a long and demanding route but with a place full of vertiginous cliffs, rivers of crystalline water and stunning waterfalls. In addition, it is one of the easiest hiking trails to run into animals like the wild pig or the deer, so characteristic of the Sierra de Cazorla.
From the Puntal del Aguila to the Borosa River
The Sierra de Cazorla extends east and northeast of Jaén covering an area of 214,000 hectares. In this mountain range birds like the griffon vulture, the golden eagle and the osprey or mammals such as mountain goatsdeer fallow deer mouflon or wild boars. In the aspect of flora, pine stands out, since the Sierra de Cazorla concentrates the greater forest extension from all over Spain, housing four of the six species of Iberian pine.
Leaving for the moment the brief explanation of the area the circular route the Puntal del Aguila is a good example of a route where the slopes are not insurmountable because of its long route and where a spectacular landscape combined with a variety of fauna is possible to have it without reaching large peaks, since we are talking about levels below 1,600 m.
Deer more beautiful than the pesetas
The route starts from a fish farm located at the exit of the interpretation center of the Vinegar Tower on the A-319 between the riverGuadalquivir and the Borosa river. It starts on the left side of the borosa river, since on the right side, clearly more traveled, we will take it back to see the course of the river with its waterfalls.
It is true that the route of the Borosa River is marked in the tourist guides for its easy route and especially for the wooden bridge they have created to be able to walk along the river, but this route of about 7km will be described later that will occupy the last section of our journey.
The first meters of the route are along a road that we will leave after 500m of the exit to take a narrow path so you will hardly see any footprints. Through a long pine forest, we will gradually ascend to reach an area where there is abandoned houses since the creation of the park where animals like goats graze. Right there we had our first encounter with the wildlife of the area, since we saw a deer group running through the bushes.
As you go into the pine forest, there are families of wild boars with their soaps and the first vultures lurk in the sky. They are after 8km of travel when we reach the first ravine, the Ravine of the Arredraderos, where the first important ascent begins, just after jumping a small fence.
Sierra de Cazorla
At this point they pass from 1,200m to 1,550m in just over 2km, going through a narrow step to be able to jump a large mass of rocks that are in this place.
From this moment on it is a succession of small plains with an imposing cliff always on the right that marks us where we should not go unless you are from the vulture family or the golden eagle. This is possibly the area with the best views of the route, since the course of the Borosa river can be seen from above from a considerable height.
After circling the Eagle Strut cross country and down the left slope of the mountain you reach the Reservoir of the organs, meeting point with the tourist route of the Borosa River.
Reservoir of the organs
From the reservoir it is a downhill path where initially it is taken by an acequia to give way shortly after to a succession of tunnels to facilitate the passage to a forest road. After the power plant, through the Ruejo Ravine, you get to the organs, an interesting rock formation and several waterfalls that make you want to bathe, well if you hide well and do not let yourself see everything is possible, right ?.
Practically arriving at end of the route You can access a wooden bridge over the river giving way to the carriages, Sundays and all kinds of tourism ready to enjoy a place as beautiful as the Borosa River.
Being a one day route, long and somewhat tired we returned to Casserole to savor its gastronomy, but this is another trip and it is another story. Javier Blanquer
When to go?
Of the Fall to Spring personally they are the best times to visit the Sierra de Cazorla. The reasons are as simple as the color of the landscape and avoid the heat and uncontrolled crowds of tourism. Unfortunately today places like Cold creek In summer, so many people concentrate that there are routes that look like Madrid's Preciados Street.
How to get?
It starts from Cazorla by theA-319 direction Burunchel andCold creek, small town with many restaurants and hotels. Here there are several establishments where you can rent cabins, camping spaces and even apartments.
What to wear
Winter is cold but summer is excessively warm during the day but at night it cools quite a bit. No matter the time of the year but do not leave your coat at home.
Where to sleep?
In Arroyo cold there are many places to sleep, although in the TRACK we have marked excellent areas to camp in the middle of the route.