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Sierra de Cazorla. The incomparable framework of the Borosa River

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Borosa River is located in the remote Sierra de Cazorla, province of Jaen Like any trip to this region, we not only dedicate it to the practice of hiking but we take advantage of it to buy an excellent olive oil and oneshandmade sausages of scandal, not to mention that in this area of ​​Spain the tapas are not paid ... With all this, I always look for the time to return and lately they have been 3 times in the last 2 years, for something it will be. Quite simply, La Sierra de Cazorla is an incomparable setting that we should not miss and the Borosa River is one of them.


Borosa River

Sierra de Cazorla. The incomparable framework of the Borosa River

Borosa river. Notice to Navigators

The Borosa river route is for the most part of the route quite flat, with few steep slopes, until you reach the area of ​​the Hydroelectric power station. From this place where we do not recommend taking children. Generally, people who have little time simply make a small part of the route until they reach the Closed of Elijah, which, as the name implies, is a cascaded part of the river adapted by wooden planks and quite beautiful. From here he returns where he has come from.

Another part of the walkers make the route complete but only one way and hire the services of a 4×4 to pick them up at the end and thus avoid traveling the more than 15 kilometers that are around, even if they are downhill.

As a last option is to walk back along the path traveled and thus accumulate more than 30 kilometers of trekking. It is precisely the route that we are going to describe today.

If you are stronger, I would lean towards the route of the Punta del Águila, as it runs along the Borrosa River in its final stretch.

Borosa River Route

The start of the route starts from a Fish farm, which is in the Maria Angela Hill next to Rio Borosa itself, about 12 kilometers from Arroyo Frío, a small village that depends on La Hiruela. In this Fish Farm we have three car parks and right in the smallest, where the river is located, our route begins.

We will pass by a curious place next to a bridge called Fold of the Borosa River, in a place known as Los Caracolillos. This fold is formed by several completely different geological strata that are obvious.


Borosa River

The route in its first kilometers runs along a fairly flat dirt track, starting on its left side and going to the other side on several occasions. So far the journey becomes a bit monotonous, saving the beautiful views that the Borosa River offers us. This ends up coming to the Closed of Elijah, a small canyon in which a wooden hanging walkway has been installed so that we can pass over the Borosa River.


Closed of Elijah

After the Cerrada de Elías begins a slope of little difficulty and with great views of the mountains of Cazorla, such as the Strut of the Goats and the Eagle Strut.


Route along the Borosa River

About 8 kilometers from the beginning we reach the Hydroelectric power station. We were quite shocked that several 4 × 4 vehicles arrived here to pick up passengers coming down from the Lakes or coming from La Cerrada. It has a certain logic given that in this way this route is passable for all types of public, but those who are really mountaineers take all the grace away.


Hydroelectric power station

From the Central begins the real climb, but in turn is the most beautiful part of the route, although we separate a little from the Borosa River. We will go through several pools that in summer should be a delight to bathe in them (if you could ...). We will also be glued to rock walls of more than 100m high that will give us shade on the hottest days.


Route along the Borosa River

And finally we arrive at Organ Jump, a waterfall over 100m high that unfortunately was almost dry. The images are from April, so I suppose that the month of February / March is the best months to visit it. However, the water in this waterfall depends on the Organ Reservoir, that day was closed but its flow was to exceed.


Organ Jump

After the jump begins the hardest slope of the day until reaching the tunnels that take the channeled water to the Hydroelectric Power Station. It is a part where you enjoy a lot and I advise you to carry a flashlight since there are completely dark places.


Entrance to the tunnels - Lower

After crossing the tunnels we reach a place much greener than the previous one and I suppose that the difference in elevation has something to do with all this. From here barely separates us kilometer and a half from the Organ Reservoir. An ideal place to stop and have a snack.


Route along the Borosa River

From the Reservoir we take the road to the Valdeazores Lagoon, located 4 kilometers. There was an option located 3 kilometers away that was the Birth of Aguas Negras, but that day we did not feel like going over, we will leave it for the best occasion.


Organ Reservoir

The road that separates the reservoir from the lagoon runs through a pine forest without transcendence, in which a 4 × 4 vehicle that comes to pick up the walkers can drive. The Lake is somewhat dammed, so it is likely to be an old swamp.


Valdeazores Lagoon

From here we can only cry 😀. We have to turn around and cross the riverbed of the Borosa River again. For the lucky ones who hired the 4 × 4 your route will have ended here.


Route along the Borosa River

Practical data

When to go?

If we want to see the waterfalls in all their splendor we must go in early spring, when the river brings its maximum flow and the Organ Jump He is the king of the route. In summer it is usually very hot and since the bathroom is prohibited, we will lick our lips all the way.

How to get?

Since Casserole town, we must set course for the neighboring town of La Hiruela and from this without leaving the road to Cold creek after passing a mountain pass and countless curves. Once this last town is left, we follow the road until we see a detour towards a Fish farm, where there are three car parks where we can leave the vehicle.

Who can come to this route?

It is a route suitable for all audiences, from children to the elderly. However, I recommend that for these two types of people just get close until the Closed of Elijah, since the route is very long.

Several companies are dedicated to strengthening this route by providing a transport service at the end of this, saving us from returning by the same path since this It is not circular.

Where to stay?

We chose Cazorla as a base town, since it offers all kinds of services and is a really pretty town. The hotel chosen was La Peña de los Halcones, very cheap and with a very rich breakfast.

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