This alternative trail that goes along the northern side of the Sierra de Mijas, through the town of Alhaurín el Grande, to Alhaurín de la Torre. The same as in the case of the Great Path on the southern mountain side, this route is not a straight line, but there is to go up the mountains and past some extraordinary places like Jarapalos or Tajos, and stop at perennial springs such as Acebuche, La Piedra or Jarapalos, where you can cool off when it is really hot.
As for plants, there are large pine trees, such as the one in Puerto de la Graja, as well as kermes oaks and remnants of holm oak forests, above all along the slope that leads to Tajos (Cliffs) from the Acebuche Fountain. However, the most incredible part of this trail, besides the dramatic view, are dolostones, typical for this mountain range, which come from marble and have grey cuts made by weathering.
Trail 249.2 is the best option in the surroundings of Puerto de los Pescadores to go around the Sierra Blanca or Mijas along the northern alternative trail in Alhaurín el Grande and Alhaurin de la Torre. Stages from 32 to 34 go along the other mountainside in the southern area, through the towns of Mijas, Benalmadena and Torremolinos. Anyhow, there are several options to go from one to the other side of the mountain across the main mountain passes along the range.
The northern area of the mountain is rather shady and there are more forests at the bottom of the cliffs. These are full of diverse Mediterranean thicket and creepers that grow up the trunks. This walk is taken through some of the best examples of oak forests which are being regenerating, and in some cases they have already produced fruit.
There is to underline the surroundings of Casa Forestal, the pine tree at the mountain pass Grajas, Jarapalo springs and Acebuche Fountain. These places area rather symbolic and loved by locals and visitors, and every sports person or hiker chooses to visit them.