Desfiladero de los Gaitanes from Pantano del Chorro
Country - Spain
Region - Malaga Province (Andalucia)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.5 km / 4.1 miles
Ascent - 150 metres / 495 feet
Descent - 150 metres / 495 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
This walk starts from the dam at Pantano del Chorro where on road parking is available. The dam can be reached by following the minor road from Ardales located on the Malaga to Campillos main road. The route is easy to follow and should present no difficulties. However it is not recommended to continue down the gorge using the remains of the concrete walkway that is now in ruins.
From the dam walk back along the road to Ardales. The road sees very little traffic and to your right there are good views to the reservoir. Just before the road enters a tunnel, look out for a small pedestrian tunnel on your left. It is quite dark and the headroom is limited in places but it quickly leads you under a ridge and into the valley in which the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes is located.
Shortly after leaving the tunnel the path joins a track and this is followed downhill with a further reservoir to your left. Reaching some buildings that form part of the hydroelectric scheme follow the path on the western side of the river that leads to the start of the derelict walkway through the gorge. You may also descend to the dam and cross to the other side. From here you can see further into the northern end of this spectacular gorge.
The return route follows outward route. Take care not to miss the footpath through the tunnel. Should you fail to locate this then stay on the track, keeping left at the junction, and will exit onto the road at the southern end of the road tunnel.
Things to consider - Do not stray from the route described. You should under no circumstances try to use the abandoned walkway. In places the concrete floor has deteriorated to such an extent that stepping on it may cause it to crumble. Do not forget to take adequate drinks for the walk.
- Cartografia Militar de Espana, Series L, 1:50000, Sheet no. 16-43 (1043), Ardales.
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