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Refugio Casa Forestal de El Campillo - Hornos de Segura

This stage joins the beautiful black pine forests of Mount El Yelmo with the Historic-Artistic Complex of Hornos de Segura, allowing us to enjoy a delicious variety of environments, from the purely wooded to the most humanized ones.

This stage begins with the beautiful asphalt forest track that climbs to the summit of El Yelmo, whose slopes it later abandons to pass those of its little brother, El Yelmo Chico. We will enjoy its peculiar rocky architecture, with powerful cliffs, cliffs and peaks of whimsical shapes. We will also contemplate from the slopes of this mountain some very wide and very complete panoramic views, since the route in this area is almost circular. We will see the El Tranco reservoir, the beautiful town of Hornos de Segura, the olive groves around Cortijos Nuevos, El Yelmo –which is the highest peak in the area– and the impressive wooded masses of the Hornos Gorge.

Starting from the charming village of La Capellanía, whose lavadero fountain overlooks the gorge from a privileged viewpoint, the route descends along the Arroyo de las Aceitunas, between Aleppo pin ...


Technical information

Route Name Rutas Bosques GR247

Rutas Bosques GR247 3: Refugio Casa Forestal de El Campillo - Hornos de Segura


COORDINATES Según Proyección UTM Datum European 1950:

Refugio C.F. El Campillo: x530647 y4233365
Hornos de Segura: x524905 y4230027

COORDINATES Según Proyección UTM Datum ETRS89:

Refugio C.F. El Campillo: x530535 y4233157
Hornos de Segura: x524793 y4229820


Asphalt or cement section 11,75 %

Section of track or forest road or promenade 43,02 %

Senda section 45,23 %

tramos-de-Vía-pecuaria 0%


5 h 25 min


389 m
935 m




Severity of the natural environment



Orientation in the itinerary



Difficulty moving



Amount of effort required



The Casa Forestal El Campillo Refuge is accessed from the JF-7016 from Segura de la Sierra or from the intersection with the A-317.


Hornos de Segura can also be reached from the A-317.





Aldea de La Capellanía

Km 11,35



Steep slopes in short sections of trail between El Yelmo and El Yelmo Chico, and the first section of trail when leaving La Capellanía.


Fuente del Avellanar (near the Trail), Fuente de Los Ganados (near the Trail), watering holes before La Capellanía, La Capellanía village, Hornos de Segura.


On the trail: Hornos de Segura
Near the trail: Cortijos Nuevos, Segura de la Sierra


PR-A 194; PR-A 147; PR-A 148; PR-A 150


Segura de la Sierra Hornos de Segura


Campillo Forest House Refuge

The place where this stage begins, at an altitude of 1440 meters, has great scenic beauty and is at the foot of the road. This forest house had a notable importance in the past, as shown by its size and the various auxiliary buildings it has. In one of them is, precisely, the refuge that has been enabled for the Bosques del Sur trail. The area is dominated by black pine forests and green meadows, the poplars adding their yellow color in autumn.

The place is strategic for hiking. On the one hand, it is the beginning or end of stages 2 and 3 of the Bosques del Sur trail. But it also connects with two other signposted routes. Upwards, with the ascent to the summit of El Yelmo by derivation 2, and downwards, with a path marked by the Segura Hydrographic Confederation that leads to the Madera River. You can also go down to the Madera River from the junction of stage 2 with the GR 247.1 variant of the Bosques del Sur trail, an option that is a bit longer. In any case, the marked paths in the Segura de la Sier ...


Path to the Yelmo Chico

We come to a fork. Towards the right we would climb to the summit of El Yelmo in 4 kilometers. To the left, the track descends towards the village of El Ojuelo, which is 10 kilometers away, very close to Cortijos Nuevos. We take this way and after a few meters we turn left again onto a path. But first, we must not stop looking at the natural viewpoint that constitutes the small cliff that we have just to our left, whose wide panoramic views will impress us.

Once on the aforementioned path, we will see that it widens and falls at first quickly. It is an old traditional path that runs between rocks and pine trees and that will allow us to reach the younger brother of El Yelmo, called El Yelmo Chico, which is actually the extension of the El Yelmo mass to the southwest.

The Small Helm

The path leads to the track that surrounds a good part of this mountain, joining our route to PR-A 150. We continue to the left. If we took to the right, we would cut off, but at the cost of giving up all the attractions that the El Yelmo Chico is going to bring us. The views that open towards the Hornos Gorge are great, and we will be able to enjoy them for many stretches over the next few kilometers, always surrounded by a forest of black pine dotted with some maples. The track goes around El Yelmo Chico in a clockwise direction.

Later this turn is more pronounced, appearing before our eyes the El Tranco reservoir, the Sierra de Las Villas on the other side of the Guadalquivir Valley, and the Cazorla reservoir in the background. A little further on we will also see the town of Cortijos Nuevos and the outer alignments of the Sierra de Segura, with villages on its slopes such as Arroyo Frío, El Pelón and Catena, in the middle of a large landscape mosaic of olive groves, pine forests and farmhouses. Behind these eleva ...


Crossing with track to the Fuente de los Ganados

At this point our route turns to the left again. If we took to the right we would go along the PR-A 147 to the old forest house of Fuente de los Ganados, a very pleasant place, with a fountain (although it is not certain that it has water), where we would arrive in about fifteen or twenty minutes and that constitutes an advisable detour if we are on time. Our stage continues around El Yelmo Chico on the same face that we have been walking along the last stretch, but now in the opposite direction and at a lower level, making a great zigzag. About 300 meters beyond this junction there is a path to the right, steeply descending, which would take us along the PR-A 147 to the village of El Robledo in about an hour and a half. Our route continues along the track and we enter a beautiful area of ??holm oaks with numerous maples and strawberry trees, flanked by spectacular rocky architecture with large vertical cliffs crowned with very striking contours. Here the pines are black rather than black, s ...


The Chaplaincy

We arrive at this small and charming village, which is an important milestone in this stage and where it is worth stopping for a while to enjoy its atmosphere of a secure mountain village. It is inhabited throughout the year by a few people, and the building of the small school - now inactive - still preserves its era, and its laundry room. It is essential to approach the latter by a path of about 150 meters that leaves to the left of the village, and that constitutes a corner that we will not forget, with its fountain, its basins where it used to be washed by hand, the restored roof and an extraordinary lookout.

We leave the village passing in front of the old school gate, we begin to go down and after a few meters we leave the road to take a path that goes to the right, to the contrary. We descend rapidly between Aleppo pines, junipers and rosemary towards the bottom of the ravine of the Arroyo de las Aceitunas, also called La Garganta.

Arroyo de las Aceitunas ravine

The route reaches the bottom of the aforementioned ravine, which can usually be waded without problems because it carries little water, but if necessary, you can turn left and in a few meters we cross the river over a bridge. Then the path rises and the stream is below to our right, its waters falling in small cascades when there is sufficient flow. We go through some already abandoned terraces, where we must be attentive to the signaling beacons. The area is shady and the vegetation heterogeneous, because to the species typical of the Mediterranean forest that grow under the Aleppo pines, such as mastic and cornicabra, are added some typical of places with humidity, such as ash trees and some common rowan, to which they add trees that were cultivated at the time and are already abandoned, such as olive, fig and walnut trees.

After a well-signposted crossing, the path turns into a well-defined path. In the dense Aleppo pine forest there are some gall oaks and guillomos (Amelanchier ovalis). The road g ...


Segura ovens

We arrived at this small mountain town from its upper part. Once in the center, in addition to calmly walking through its narrow streets, we must contemplate the great views that can be seen from two points, thanks to the elevated situation of the population, whose origin is defensive. The first is the viewpoint of El Aguilón, which is accessed from the square, where the parish church is also. It is literally a balcony from which we will see the relaxing waters of the El Tranco reservoir, which cover the old plain of Hornos, and the great mountainous elevations that flank it. The other viewpoint is on the opposite side of the town and is the Puerta de la Villa, of possible Almohad origin, which is the typical elbow entrance door to control the fortified access to the town, with an internal staircase that leads to a charming Roof terrace with views towards Cortijos Nuevos.

It is essential to go up to the castle, of Arab origin and recently restored as an astronomical interpretation center, the Cosmolarium. You can also stroll to the small viewpoints that are at the various exits of the town and, in summer, cool off after the walk in the municipal swimming pool, small, familiar and with a privileged location.

Additional information

The dark times for the El Tranco reservoir

There has been some written testimony of the drama experienced by the people affected by the expropriations for the construction of the reservoir in the early 1940s. If this process is always painful, it was much more so in a few years in which democracy had just been demolished in Spain, so there were practically no legal or political instruments for citizens to defend their interests.

The following text belongs to the book "Submerged Memories, 1931 1941" (Editorial El Olivo, Úbeda, 1999), by Ángel Robles Rodríguez, born in the farmhouse of El Chorreón - next to the GR 247 - which was expropriated to the construction of the reservoir. “Around 1940, what we had been dreading for so long came: they told us that we had to immediately evict and tear down the houses (...). Large crews of hackers and choppers entered with large axes cutting everything evenly, classifying the wood and burning the firewood and the thousands of hundred-year-old holm oaks that until then had covered the lands of La ...