Mulhacén

The past few days I had the Opportunity to see the Sierra Nevada Range from different angels and it’s Intimidating North Side with Lots of Snow on it. I knew this will not be for me but the easier South Side with the Trailhead at Hoya de Portillo would possibly work. I was there already back in 2018 when I failed to reach the Summit because of Poor Weather and had to settle with Alto del Chorrillo. Just wanted to make sure this time I was Successful. The Weather Forecast was looking good for the next day and so I set off to Drive to the Trailhead. Only a little Snow on the Road to the Trailhead but nothing to worry about. To my surprise there was already a RV Parked and shortly after I arrived another Car pulled in. The Sky was clear and the Stars where out with a Temperature about Freezing Point. At 5:30 the First Guy left for the Mountain already, way too early for me so I just turned around and eventually got going at 7:30 AM following the Road and Footprints. Oh wait where are the Footprints ?, haven’t seen them in a while I thought while checking my Map and sure enough I missed the Turn right at the Trailhead. Oh well not a big thing as I was Still on the Road and Hiking a Big U instead the Shorter Trail. Thanks God it is Light enough and I can Turn off my Headlight. The Road keeps going up and much less Snow than I had in 2018. That’s good and made for a faster travel. Beautiful Weather with the occasional Wind Gust to pick up any Loose Snow. Eventually I made it up to Alto del Chorrillo where I turned around in 2018 and could see the Mountain ahead of me. So close but yet far away. The Route looked Good just more Snow but nothing to worry about if only the Wind would go away. The Route in Front of me I could see is to Mulhacén ll but not beyond. As I was halfway up the First Hiker just came down and we spoke about the Route further up. Good news the Wind had blown a lot of Snow away and Crampons where not needed although I had packed them. On top of Mulhacén ll it’s another half mile and 400 more feet to the Summit. Well at least I could now see the Summit proper. Big Cairns leading the way to the Summit where I meet Three other Guys coming up from the West Side. I made it and a little proud of a Winter Ascent. The View is rewarding enough not to leave the Summit but it’s getting cold if you don’t move. About 10 Minutes on Top before returning pretty much the same way. Super Happy to have Hiked one of Europe’s Most Prominent Peaks in Winter.

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Bubión, Andalusia, Spain
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time : Jan 7, 2022 7:37 AM
duration : 7h 18m 15s
distance : 17 mi
total_ascent : 4485 ft
highest_point : 11455 ft
avg_speed : 2.4 mi/h
user_id : Nuernbergerchef1
user_firstname : Josef
user_lastname : Nuernberger
The past few days I had the Opportunity to see the Sierra Nevada Range from different angels and it’s Intimidating North Side with Lots of Snow on it. I knew this will not be for me but the easier South Side with the Trailhead at Hoya de Portillo would possibly work. I was there already back in 2018 when I failed to reach the Summit because of Poor Weather and had to settle with Alto del Chorrillo. Just wanted to make sure this time I was Successful. The Weather Forecast was looking good for the next day and so I set off to Drive to the Trailhead. Only a little Snow on the Road to the Trailhead but nothing to worry about. To my surprise there was already a RV Parked and shortly after I arrived another Car pulled in. The Sky was clear and the Stars where out with a Temperature about Freezing Point. At 5:30 the First Guy left for the Mountain already, way too early for me so I just turned around and eventually got going at 7:30 AM following the Road and Footprints. Oh wait where are the Footprints ?, haven’t seen them in a while I thought while checking my Map and sure enough I missed the Turn right at the Trailhead. Oh well not a big thing as I was Still on the Road and Hiking a Big U instead the Shorter Trail. Thanks God it is Light enough and I can Turn off my Headlight. The Road keeps going up and much less Snow than I had in 2018. That’s good and made for a faster travel. Beautiful Weather with the occasional Wind Gust to pick up any Loose Snow. Eventually I made it up to Alto del Chorrillo where I turned around in 2018 and could see the Mountain ahead of me. So close but yet far away. The Route looked Good just more Snow but nothing to worry about if only the Wind would go away. The Route in Front of me I could see is to Mulhacén ll but not beyond. As I was halfway up the First Hiker just came down and we spoke about the Route further up. Good news the Wind had blown a lot of Snow away and Crampons where not needed although I had packed them. On top of Mulhacén ll it’s another half mile and 400 more feet to the Summit. Well at least I could now see the Summit proper. Big Cairns leading the way to the Summit where I meet Three other Guys coming up from the West Side. I made it and a little proud of a Winter Ascent. The View is rewarding enough not to leave the Summit but it’s getting cold if you don’t move. About 10 Minutes on Top before returning pretty much the same way. Super Happy to have Hiked one of Europe’s Most Prominent Peaks in Winter.
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