Altitude 240m a.s.l
Bridged rest? No chance! © Andy Moles
Tucked away just out of sight of those travelling along most of the footpaths in the Gorge is El Polvorin, one of El Chorro's premier cliffs. El Polvorin (the gunpowder magazine) is named after the small hut on its flank that presumably housed the explosives used to excavate the railway tunnels, however the routes on the crag itself have more of slowburn rather than explosive character about them. Indeed, for those looking for sustained mid-grade wall pitches, there are few places with such quality climbs as those on offer here.
The approach to El Polvorin is a little complicated when you avoid using the tunnels. Follow the Walkway approach. Once through The Gorge, continue along the Walkway until a path leads down to the orange groves and river. Cross the river and scramble steeply up a ramp to a viewpoint below the wall. Alternatively, take an easier but slightly longer path on the left, up to the railway line and then head back to the cliff on a good path that leads quickly to a viewpoint that overlooks the crag. This path splits and the upper path goes to the small hut and the lower to the viewpoint. From the viewpoint an exposed scramble gains the base of the crag.
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