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Photo of Mulhacen
Photo uploaded by Richard Hartley

Mulhacén is the highest peak at the Iberian Peninsula. Located in front of the Mediterranean Sea and African ranges can be seen from the summit. Easy steep walk in summer and late spring but very interesting snow/icing climb in winter through the North face central corridor. 600 m ice corridor, totally. Smooth south face but very steep North face with high rock cliffs. Dangerous at the end of April and May due to snow avalanches and rock chutes because of the heat.

Elevation (feet): 11,424
Elevation (meters): 3,482
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
Range/Region: Andalucian Ranges
Latitude: 37.053333
Longitude: -3.311389
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1910
Nearest major airport: Granada
Convenient Center: Trevélez, Capileira or Pradollano

Trip Reports

There are 17 trip reports for Mulhacen.

  • Log #21480 - by Richard Hartley on Oct 27, 20083.00 stars
    Usual route from the Poqueira Hut up the Rio Lanjaron to the Collado del Ciervo. We ignored the main zig-zags up the west flank and instead enjoyed the airy views over the vast north face of the...
  • Log #15608 - by steve marsden on Sep 26, 20043.00 stars
    First time over 3k: 6 hours up from Trevelez via Laguna Hondera, 4 hours down via Tajos Negros and Loma de los Peñoncillos. Hot on the way up, until the windchill started around 2.5k. 4l of water...
  • Log #15609 - by Michael Graf on Aug 06, 20043.00 stars
    I started at 6h in the morning in Trevelez and reached the Top at 11.50. It was my first mountain over 3000m.
  • Log #15610 - by Erling Juul on Jan 25, 20043.00 stars
    We stayed one night in the village Capileira (1500 m). Next day we drove the road GR411 up to 2050 m where we started to walk. We carried our skis through the forest to 2320 m where it was time to...
  • Log #15611 - by Matt Coppock on Feb 21, 20023.00 stars
    Set off from Trevelez at 8am.Cold clear morning before the village awoke.Followed the track up from the village,fairly steep for the fisrt 800m. Reached the summit road by 11.
  • Log #15612 - by David Maggs on Feb 05, 20023.00 stars
    Started out from Trevelez midday Friday 25th in 20+ c temperatures, which made it a hard walk up to our first camp. We set-up camp at approx. 2300m around 5pm and watched the temperature drop down...
  • Log #15613 - by Alfredo Aguilar on Feb 04, 20023.00 stars
    A nice winter climbing to the highest mountain of the Iberian Peninsula (3481m). The start point was the Capileira village (1400m), in the Southern of Sierra Nevada, in the middle of the beautiful...
  • Log #15614 - by simon amers on Nov 22, 20013.00 stars
    Even in summer a mountain can bite! An excellent walk from the south side.
  • Log #15615 - by Alfredo Aguilar on Nov 21, 20013.00 stars
    I planned to celebrate my 50th anniversary at the summit of Mulhacen but for a number of reasosn I had to postpone the cellebration a few days. We were a group of 4, José María Camacho (Sr), JM...
  • Log #15616 - by Jaime Alonso on Feb 09, 20013.00 stars
    Both Carol and I summitted on a cool windy day. I really needed to bring one extra layers of clothes. This region of Spain is very rugged and wild. I love it.
  • Log #15617 - by Jean-Pierre DOUMEYROU on Nov 06, 20003.00 stars
    Summited with my father in law (60yo, and climbing like a gazelle), from the ski resort, Sol Y Nieves. In winter, the road to the summits, Mulhacen and Velleta are impassable, so we had to climb...
  • Log #15618 - by Jan Lansbergen on May 30, 20003.00 stars
    "We were klimbing in the snow but when you take your time, it is to do for everybody with a good condition. The fog give the surrounding a mysterious view and when we reached the top the clouds...
  • Log #15619 - by Raymond Dijkhof on May 29, 20003.00 stars
    We were walking from the rufugio del Poqueira to the refugio de la Calderea and wait there for better whether. It was Cloudy, but not raining and we start to walk up the west side of the Mulhacen...
  • Log #15620 - by Juan on Dec 10, 19993.00 stars
    The highest mountain in the Penìnsula Ibérica. From the summit, in a good day you can see the sea and Morocco with The Atlas mountains. It's incredible. I hope to climb the Nort Face in the future
  • Log #18835 - by Dai on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Fantastic 5 day trek along the mountain range. Highly recommend it. beautiful scenery and many refuges to stay in or near along the way. Do it !!
  • Log #18900 - by Andrew Gillespie on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Took the park bus from the Albergo Universitat - should have booked the earlier one. Long flat route on the "road" to the refugio. Saw plenty of snow, even though it was high summer and...
  • Log #19950 - by Allan Sutton on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    A lung busting climb from Trevelez (the highest village in Spain)going in a northwest direction. It took 5 hours but well worth it. Im 55 years old and handled it very well, the air on the top does...