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Sierra de Ardales - El Chorro - El Gaitanejo mountain pass

We shall leave the Hamlet of El Chorro, which was born from the activity at the foot of its reservoir, taking the track that running alongside the railway leads northeastward towards the pass that is already visible, and is probably the steapest and most impressive in the whole of Andalusia.

Taking precautions due to the proximity to the train, we shall approach the mountain pass in order to take another track and reach some artificial stairs embedded in the walls, crossing the aforementioned pass through a bridge hanging over the water.

There starts a track built at the beginning of the century knows as the "king path" because the king used it to visit this surprising spot.

The track is not well preserved so some safety measures should be taken. The Gaitanes mountain pass, seen from this impressive perspective, constitutes a unique and necessary experience if we want to walk on into the inner valley, of tranuil waters and warm prairies.

On the left border of the valley, still northeastwards, a track runs on through the valley and another mountain pass in order to reach the Gaitanejo, where there area some tracks to its left leading to the road.