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Ronda to El Chorro - 3 day hike Day 1: Ronda to El Burgo

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Trail stats

Distance
15.29 mi
Elevation gain
2,087 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
2,523 ft
Max elevation
3,846 ft
TrailRank 
53
Min elevation
1,890 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
5 hours 27 minutes
Time
6 hours 15 minutes
Coordinates
4311
Uploaded
March 5, 2022
Recorded
March 2022
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near Ronda, Andalucía (España)

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Itinerary description

This was a 3 day hike from Ronda to El Chorro, following the GR249 Gran Senda de Málaga and the GR7. Day 1 - Ronda to El Burgo - the route follows the GR243 Sendero Sierra de las Nieves and the GR249 (they overlap on this section). It's well signposted with red/white posts.

There is only only slightly tricky section to navigate - after descending on a zig-zag track from the Puerto de Lifa to a goat/sheep farm, you pass through a gate on the track, and shortly afterwards you have to leave the track and go through a gate on the left into a field. There's a red/white post by this gate. But then there's no indication of which way to go in the field - so keep to the left, near-ish the fence and you will arrive at a third gate. Go through the gate and head to the left, to the base of the mountain, then you pick up the red/white posts again.

The route has three sections. First, a gentle uphill climb out of Ronda on driveable tracks up to the Puerto de Lifa (this section is popular with mountain bikers and runners at weekends) and then a gentle descent through rolling farmland.

The middle section is spectacular and passes the Torre de Lifa on a rocky mountain path, and then descends on a rough path through woodland and crosses the River Turón. The middle mountain section is not difficult for experienced hikers, nor particularly slippery, with plenty of footholds - but you need to take your time and definitely need appropriate hiking boots. This section should be tackled with care by inexperienced hikers and should not be undertaken in trainer type footwear. A hiking pole is useful. There was no water in the river when I crossed (March 2022) but after heavy rainfall you would need to paddle or take your boots off.

After climbing briefly from the river, you join another driveable track, and the final section follows this lovely forest track to El Burgo. This final section is easy but goes on a bit...and you will be pleased to reach El Burgo.

Overall a great route, highly recommended. You definitely need strong boots with thick soles due to the rocky terrain. My average speed was 4.5 kms/hour on this day.

Waypoints

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,379 ft
Photo ofSignboard

Signboard

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,375 ft
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Signposts

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,579 ft
Photo ofView of Ronda from the track

View of Ronda from the track

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,543 ft
Photo of45 minutes to the Via Pecuaria crossroads

45 minutes to the Via Pecuaria crossroads

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,543 ft
Photo ofSignposts

Signposts

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,835 ft
Photo of1 hour 10 minutes to the cattlegrid and gateposts

1 hour 10 minutes to the cattlegrid and gateposts

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,806 ft
Photo of1 hour 20 minutes to the Puerto de Lifa

1 hour 20 minutes to the Puerto de Lifa

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,301 ft
Photo ofPass through gate #1

Pass through gate #1

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,284 ft
Photo ofLeave the track and pass through Gate #2 on the left

Leave the track and pass through Gate #2 on the left

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,268 ft
Photo ofKeep to the left across the field; you can see the Torre de Lifa on the right

Keep to the left across the field; you can see the Torre de Lifa on the right

There is no path across the field but keep to the left, near to the fence.

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,268 ft
Photo ofPass through Gate #3 and head around to the left, to the base of the mountain

Pass through Gate #3 and head around to the left, to the base of the mountain

PictographPhoto Altitude 3,248 ft
Photo ofSpectacular, wild scenery

Spectacular, wild scenery

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,575 ft
Photo ofPass through this gate

Pass through this gate

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,218 ft
Photo ofCross the river here.

Cross the river here.

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,218 ft
Photo ofDry river bed! (March 2022)

Dry river bed! (March 2022)

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,352 ft
Photo ofMeet forest track at this signpost.

Meet forest track at this signpost.

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,356 ft
Photo of2 hours 15 to forest track

2 hours 15 to forest track

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,362 ft
Photo ofSignboard

Signboard

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,152 ft
Photo ofalt walk along bed

alt walk along bed

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,172 ft
Photo ofView

View

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,224 ft
Photo ofWater fountain - only a few drips (March 2022)

Water fountain - only a few drips (March 2022)

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,188 ft
Photo ofView

View

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,854 ft
Photo ofEl Burgo in sight

El Burgo in sight

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,827 ft
Photo ofArriving in El Burgo - signpost

Arriving in El Burgo - signpost

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,870 ft
Photo ofHotel La Casa Grande

Hotel La Casa Grande

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