The path of the star is a hiking trail in Granada which enjoys great popularity to delight in nature in the north of Sierra Nevada or as route to the Mulhacen; it was created in 1890 as a means of communication with the mines of the Genil valley and runs parallel to the river.
Distance: 10 Km.
Estimated time for completion: Around 6 hours return trip.
Starting point: Barranco de San Juan
Destination: Cueva Secreta
The start of the tour is near Barranco de San Juan, where was formerly situated one of the old tram stations.
Among the pretty views you can enjoy are the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada, the Alcazaba and the Mulhacen.
The trail is well marked and easy to follow but has some first meters of steep climb, and then it becomes quite comfortable and ascends slightly.
Following the trail we get to the remains of an old abandoned mine; 15 minutes away we find the old settlement of the workers of the mine de la Estrella just before getting to the bridge the crosses the River Guarnon from where we can enjoy pretty views of the glacier of Veleta.
Once there we can visit the cave Cueva Secreta which is situated very close.
Approximately 4 ½ hours of trail from the cave Cueva Secreta is situated Mulhacen peak; before deciding to continue we must remember that this part of the route is quite tough and only recommended for experienced hikers who, once they have reached the summit can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Sierra Nevada.
Having reached the river Guarnon in the first part of this tour we have to cross the bridge until getting to a path that ascends towards Mulhacen; the path will disappear in the Valley Valle de las Viboras, from when the ascent begins to acquire considerable difficulty.
We arrive at Laguna de la Mosca where during the summer where some hikers decide to camp for the night. We continue ascending until we get to a path that leads directly to the summit of Mulhacen in about 2 hours.
The views are stunning from Mulhacen: Sierra Nevada, Alpujarra, the sea and we even can see the Mountains of Africa if the day is clear.
We drive in direction towards Güejar Sierra and continue following the signs that indicate 'Vereda de la Estrella' until we get to the restaurant Maitena where we park the car, or we can continue if our vehicle is a passenger car to the parking lot next to 'Restaurante San Juan' thus saving us some time.