The Torrecilla Peak, with its 1,919 meters of height, is located within the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, near the town of Ronda, in Andalusia. This mountain range occupies the central part of the province, and borders with other mountain ranges around, which makes the area a paradise for mountain lovers who decide to spend a few days kicking their trails.
Torrecilla Peak is the highest point of the province of Malaga, although with some controversy, since some attribute this privilege to the peak of La Maroma. Al Torrecilla can be climbed both from the Recreational Area of he Quejigales (near the city of Ronda) and from the Puerto del Saucillo (near the city of Yunquera). We will describe the first of the routes, which offers a spectacular walk between a beautiful Mediterranean forest, thorn bushes, pinsapos, mountain quejigos, snow wells and very characteristic rock formations, to culminate with the wonderful views offered by its vertex.
All these details we will discover them when crossing the sixteen kilometers of circular route that leaves from the farmhouse of Quejigales, passes through the roof of Malaga, the Torrecilla and runs through an area of igh environmental protection and very delicate where pinsapos and gall oaks are regenerated. From the farmhouse of Quejigales we advance through the lane of Sabinal, located next to the barbecue area. When the lane divides into two, we follow the one on the right that passes next to the Pinar fountain. The lane ends when we come across the lower area of he Enmedio gorge and continue along a well-marked path.
After finding the first fork in the road, we turn right towards the Cañada de las Ánimas. The road ascends until we reach Quejigales plateau, where the mountain gall oaks are relatively abundant. After a gentle descent, a flat area dotted with torques called the Hoyos del Pilar opens up to our eyes; We surround the Pilar hill and we are already at the foot of the Torrecilla, whose rise we will make from north to south. The return we will do now going through the north cordal of Cerro Mateo (an antenna on the right will be our reference). After finding a wide lane, leave on the right the way back through the Cañada del Cuerno to the shelter of Quejigales.
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Location: Sierra de las Nieves is located in the center of the province of Málaga.
Starting point and arrival: Quejigales farmhouse.
How to get there: from Malaga, the Guadalhorce A-357 road and in Cártama, take the A-337 towards Coín and then take the A-355 towards Marbella. Continue until the detour towards Monda and Guaro. On the road from Ronda to San Pedro de Alcántara take a track that begins at Kilometer 13.3 and will lead us to the farmhouse of Quejigales.
Distance: about 16 km.
Duration: 6 h. Cartography: Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Scale 1: 65,000. Environment of the Junta de Andalucía. Leaves 1.051-II and IV of the IGN. 1: 25,000.