PEÑALARA PEAK (2.428m-8.000ft)
(If weather&gods allow…)
For the Saturday March.16th I propose you a new trekking session for mountain lovers, climbing to the top of one of the most beautiful and attractive mountainous environments in Madrid/Segovia. From the Cotos’ Mountain Pass (1.830m-6.000ft), we’ll climb to the highest summit of the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountain Range National Park (Peñalara Peak, 2.428m-8.000ft), walking along dirt tracks, glacier lagoons (Laguna Grande, De los Claveles, De los Pajaros, Cinco Lagunas), pine forests, mountains (Hermana Mayor, Hermana Menor), streams, springs, cliffs, meadows, crags, viewpoints (De la Gitana) and even a glacier circus (De Peñalara, where it’s located the Shelter of Zabala) to finally reach Peñalara Peak, enabling us to contemplate an awesome landscape rocky/wintry-spring pics set (La Maliciosa Peak, La Bola del Mundo meteorological/tv-radio station, La Pinilla Ski Station, Cuerda Larga, Iron Head, the Lozoya Valley, the collecting of La Pinilla or -in the distance- villages as La Granja de San Ildefonso and even the city of Segovia, e.g.).
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-STARTING HOUR (we’ll wait for no one out of our group): 10:30
-MAJOR MILESTONES: Cotos’ Moutain Pass (1.830m-6.000ft) – Los Pajaros’ Crag (2.334m-7.660ft) – Los Claveles’ Cliff (2.388m-7.830ft) – Peñalara Peak (2. Protected content top of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range)
-OTHER FEATURES: it’s a trek surrounding the southern slope; circular trail; total distance: 14km-8,7mi; expected time: 7-8h (10: Protected content accumulated slope (incline+descent): 1.300m-4.265ft); difficulty: easy-medium 4-5/10; pace: moderate; WARNING: there’s a minor “sore point” along the trak because of we’ll walk -optional- during a few minutes over a narrow and a bit risky crag (Risco de los Claveles) unfit for people with vertigo, but don’t worry because there’s an alternative more safe drawing on its left
-LOGISTICS: appropriate equipment (some layers of warm/fresh and comfortable clothes and, overall, suitable mountain waterproof boots for rocky and snowy terrain) and enough amount of feed+beverage for 7h of medium effort in the mountain environment
-RETURN (approx.): from Cotos’ Mountain Pass parking (next estimated bus departures at 18:25, 19:25, 20:25); Protected content to Madrid-Moncloa Interchange Hub; OPTIONAL: coffee&talking time before taking the return bus… or yet in Madrid, as we decide (?)
Hope to see you, girls and boys. Best regards, C.
[WARNING(!): I’m only a consul of this group plaiying as amateur mountaineer that enjoy practising this kind of activities and its planning and “leadership” (...), but not as a professional mountain guide; so this trek is come up as an outdoor journey between mates who enjoying such events, and with non-profit interest of any type; therefore, this is a free -and gladly- day trip absolutely ON YOUR OWN in any case-time-moment-place-situation and I decline expressly any liability or claim of what kind it is (legal, physical, monetary, medical…) derived of any unpleasant situation like injury, loss (personal, material), illness, rescue, organic response (allergy, e.g.), first aids and others, even death; so please, before your participation be sure and aware of your enough abilities, good physical and mental condition and quality sports equipment in order to be perfectly responsible of yourself and your goods in any moment/situation; as attendee to this activity, you're explicitly accepting the all above disclaimer.]
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