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Route 4 - Fire Lookout

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Location: Castril town

GPS: 519399 / 4183240

We start at the main junction in front of Bar Zafra and follow the road that follows down towards the countryside (Calle Nueva del Río). On our left is a tall apartment block.
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Location: Junction of Calle Nueva Del Río and Calle Fuente del Piojo.

GPS: 519245 / 4183277

We take the first turning on the left which drops steeply, with the school on our right.
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Location: Calle Río

GPS: 519286 / 4183204

We take the hard right on the corner of the house with stones and artifacts embedded into the fascias.
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Location: Footpath down to Río Castril.

GPS: 519154 / 4183196

At the end of the road we find a footpath that takes us steeply down to the river.
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Location: Start of the "Pasarela".

GPS: 519068 / 4183175

We find ourselves at the start of the "Pasarela". We follow the path through the "Pasarela" to the other side of the tunnel.
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Location: Bridge over Río Castril.

GPS: 519275 / 4182698

We find ourselves at the bridge that crosses the river giving access to the mill restaurant and bar. Ignoring the bridge, we stay on the western bank of the river and follow the track.
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Location: Cortijo La Dehesa

GPS: 519335 / 4181994

We come across a junction in the track with a road up to the right. On this corner is a large farmhouse with a large cylindrical water tank behind it.
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Location: T junction.

GPS: 519084 / 4182027

Climbing all of the time we take the left fork at the T junction.
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Location: Countryside above the Castril Valley.

GPS: 518590 / 4181457

We come to another T junction. We ignore the track on the left and carry on climbing.
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Location: Countryside in Castril Valley.

GPS: 517098 / 4181050

We come upon a double junction whereby we take the right fork, and then the right still climbing uphill.
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Location: Hill leading up to the fire watch out station.

GPS: 517241 / 4181630

We are now on the last leg of the climb.
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Location: Fire Lookout station.

GPS: 517478 / 4182404

We are now at the Fire Lookout Station where we can rest and prepare for the return to Castril.
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Location: We walk back along the track for about 200 metres until we can find an easy descent through the fields to the lower track.

GPS: 517337 / 4182230

We now find ourselves descending through some fields until we reach the lower track.
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Location: Lower track.

GPS: 517211 / 4182297

After scrambling down through the fields, we turn right onto the track and head back to castril.
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Location: Campsite

GPS: 518659 / 4183101

We now pass between the campsite on our right and the sewage recycling plant on our left. This plant is quite special in that it uses solar power to pump the treated water back up the hill to irrigate the olive groves behind us.
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Location: Swimming pool

GPS: 518762 / 4183363

At the bottom of the hill we take the tarmac road to the left, following the 'SALIDA' signs to the point whereby we are standing above the municipal swimming pool in front of the Casa Rural "El Plantillo".
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Location: El Portillo Dam.

GPS: 518281 / 4183746

We continue on the road, joining the main Castril - Pozo Alcon road. At the junction we see the reservoir.
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Location: Return


We follow the road over the dam and through the tunnel, finally arriving back at Castril.