A hike in Sierra Nevada National Park

A few days ago, I was able to step away from my volunteering duties at El Balcon del Cielo, and was able to escape into Spain’s Sierra Nevada National Park to do some exploring.

One of the amazing things about the little town of Trevelez is that there are at least 7 hikes that begin from the town. Literally, the trails begin in the three different plazas that the town has – complete with detailed maps that are color coded for those of us who have, umm, how shall I say, “difficulty” with the Spanish language.

I want to share my experience with everyone, but didn’t know what to say, so I figured, why not tell you in 16,000 words? (don’t worry, they are in pictures).

So, I swear I’m not trying to sound like Mr. Rodgers, join me for a hike, won’t you?

I began the trail as the sun was starting to light the sky,

sunrise during a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 found the first trail marker,

trail marker during a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 and began walking along side the Rio Trevelez.

rio trevelez seen from a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 The first climb brought me my first view of the river valley,

river valley seen from a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 and officially entered the park.

sign seen during a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 Shortly thereafter, the sun broke through the clouds and shined its first light on the surrounding peaks.

mountain peak from a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 I found the most well-constructed bridge I have ever seen on a trail,

bridge crossed during a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 Along with the largest frog I have ever seen (seriously, it was about as big as my head – and I have a large head!).

frog seen during a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 I passed some wildflowers,

wildflowers seen during a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 made sure I was still on the right trail,

trail blaze on a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 and found an abandoned casa with a waterfall in its back yard….

an abandoned house on a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 along with some horses I am pretty sure I saw in a more than a few 80’s-hair-band-love-ballad-videos.

horse on a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

After lunch I turned around and headed back down the valley.

upper valley view on a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 Towards the end, I was able to catch one last glimpse of the valley,

last valley view on a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 Before re-finding the town of Trevelez.

forst sight of trevelez from a hike in Sierra Nevada national park

 It was a good hike along the river valley, and the best way I can think of to spend a day.

Thanks for joining me on a hike!!

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