On Tuesday of this week I had the great pleasure of taking my third trip up to the Alpujarra region this year. The weather was chilly to be sure, but the sun was shining so the 2 hour hike that we took was really enjoyable. After visiting the towns of Pampaneira, Bubiòn and Capileira we drove up through the forest to the furthest point that it is possible to drive and then went for our hike. When you reach the parking lot at the rangers station, you are at the starting point. Several hiking trails start here and a map of the routes can be obtained from the ranger in the little stone hut free of charge.
There was plenty of snow on the mountains, and the small mountain streams were full and running fast. What a joy it was just to walk around up there in the crisp clear mountain air. The warm sun of Salobreña is always welcome, but being from Canada, sometimes I crave a good old fashion frosty day. The Alpujarra region was just what the doctor ordered.
Pampaneira lies at the bottom of the Poqueira Valley at an altitude of 1050 meters, and here you have a perfect view of the 2 highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Mount Mulhacén at 3482 meters and Mount Valeta at 3394 meters. Both are snow-capped at the moment. More on Pampaneira in the next post.