Footpath 1 P.R.-A 135 Istán - La Concha
- Length: 5000 M.
- Route: linear
- Approximate duration: 6 hours there and back
- Difficulty: Very high
- Maximum incline: 845m
- Departure point: Hotel Altos de Istán
- Season: Autumn, Winter and Spring
- Cartography: National Topographical Map of
Spain. Page 1065 IV - Marbella. Scale 1:25.000
- Recommendations: Take sufficient water for the whole route, camera, binoculars and good footwear.
Hotel Altos de Istán. Behind it and at the foot of the mountain, we will see a fenced water deposit. If we look at it from the hotel, we will see a path which runs behind the deposit (30S-0326227 / UTM-4049866) and which ascends on the diagonal, bordering the mountain to the right.
There is another path to the left which more abruptly begins the ascent to EL PICACHO (rocky formation located a little to the left of the hotel and in the shape of a ledge) where we will see that this path keeps rising until it reaches the first pass PUERTO CURRITO. This would be another option, but not the one we will choose as the climb is steeper.
The path we previously mentioned, which rises diagonally to the right of the mountain, is somewhat softer and will first take us to the esplanade LLANO DE LOS PILONES (Pilones Plains)(30S-0326463 / UTM-4049473), from where we will have to continue heading upwards – practically without a path – in a straight line until we reach the first pass PUERTO CURRITO (30S-0326596 / UTM-4049381), there is no path from the Pilones plains to this mountain pass, something which does not happen in the other option mentioned, the ascent via EL PICACHO.
Once we have arrived at this first pass we can see the profile of the next pass PUERTO VENTANA. At PUERTO CURRITO the path has a fork, one which goes directly upwards towards the top of the hill and the other which to the right takes us to PUERTO VENTANA (30S-0326806 / UTM-40489729. From here the path descends slightly to once again head upwards towards the next hill LOMILLA DE ENMEDIO (30S-0326859 / UTM-4048821). We will follow the same path and it will take us to the next hill PUERTO GILITO (30S-0326908 / UTM-4048686).
From here and looking to the East we can see the GRACIA LEÓN ravine (30S-0327222 / UTM-4048457). If we continue along the good path a large solitary pine tree will serve as reference point on the top of the ravine. We cross the ravine, always taking care not to lose the track which in some instances will be difficult to see.
Once the ravine is crossed we head up to the next hill PUERTO DE LA CIFUENTES (30S-0327123 / UTM-4048345). From this mountain pass we will see the next ravine to cross CAÑADA DEL CASTILLEJO (30S-0327583 / UTM-4048125). On the other side of the ravine we should be able to see how the path ascends to the last pass PUERTO DE LOS CORRALILLOS (30S-0327307 / UTM-4047872). From here we can make out the whole profile of the PICO DE LA CONCHA (La Concha Peak). From here on there is no longer a path and we must go up this last hill until we reach the top, but not without first stopping to admire the beautiful landscape from this pass.
As we mentioned, we get to the top of this last hill where we will find a path that comes from the CRUZ DE JUANAR (30S-0328090 / UTM-4047571), which we will take to the right and after a few hundred metres we will arrive at the PICO DE LA CONCHA (30S-0327785 / UTM-4046980) (1215m). Once we reach the top our efforts will be recompensed with the most fantastic views from this spot: the mountains of
The return will be along the same path.