DIFFICULTY: Average. The considerable height difference involved is the main obstacle; the path itself is clear, well-maintained and marked.
ACCUMULATED ASCENDING LEVEL: 0 mt.
ACCUMULATED DESCENDING LEVEL: 1560 mt.
ESTIMATED TIME OF GOING: 4:15 hrs.
ESTIMATED TIME COMING BACK: 5:00 hrs.
NATURE RESERVES WITHIN THE TRAIL: Parque Natural de Las Nieves.
RECOMMENDED TIME OF THE YEAR: All year round.
GETTING TO THE TRAIL: Public transport is non-existent, so a private vehicle or taxi is required.
BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS: Habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below. At the risk of sounding obvious, here are some of the most important:
Check weather forecasts before setting off to hike.
Don´t go alone.
Tell someone your intended destination and expected time of arrival.
Carry a small rucksack with warm clothing, waterproofs, food and plenty of water.
Don´t forget such simple items as: sun hat, protective cream and sun glasses.
Carry a mobile phone with fully-charged battery, a map and, if possible, a compass. They will probably never be used but, when required, are of vital importance.
Wear suitable gear, especially footwear: trekking boots or similar are essential, trainers or pumps are to be avoided, habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below.
REMARKS: As in the case of the PR LP 3 which it closely resembles, a large height difference is involved entailing a certain amount of exertion. Perhaps for that reason it is usually walked these days in a downhill direction. The hike is rather incomplete without ascending Pico de la Nieve.