Altitude 3482m a.s.l
Mulhacén, with 3.482m, is the highest mountain of the Iberian Peninsula and, therefore, of Spanish mainland. The proximity to the Mediterranean Sea makes the situation of this mountain (and of the whole range) very special. On a clear day one can see as far as the Rif mountains, in Morocco and half of Andalusie.
The mountain offers two different approaches for all its visitors. To the south, its huge southern slope has the shape of a convexe half pipe that rises slowly and progressively till the summit. To the north there is an steep and lightly concave face of rock (and snow and ice in the winter). Mulhacén gives the chance to climb it to all kind of mountaineers: the walkers can choose to hike the mountain up over the friendly south slope and the experienced climbers can choose one of the difficult lines of its north iced face to reach the geodesic vertix at the very top.
This all makes Mulhacén a very attractive mountain: high, alpine in winter, easy to climb for even the average walker (specially in the summer), challenging for the experienced alpinist, and in the heart of a mountanious range, Sierra Nevada, a National Park full of beauty and experiences. Next to this, its climb can be combined with excellent walks to nearby mountains and valleys.
The easiest starting point is from Capileira in the Alpujarra. From here a bus runs to 2,500m during summer months. The poqueira refuge open all year round, makes a good base, particularly in winter.
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