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Learn about mountains in La Pedriza - Madrid From 120€ Code: SN003

Three different levels

La Pedriza forms part of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and must be one of the most remarkable corners of it. Its singular morphology (the largest granite formation in Europe), and its tortuous and striking profile make it a unique place where history and legend, sport and adventure add additional spice to an essential outing.

 
Together with our guides you will discover extraordinary places deep in the labyrinth it occasionally becomes. They will explain how this rocky world came to be formed, and help you to read and understand the landscape, wildlife, and vegetation. They will tell you the names of the most distinctive cliffs and share stories about climbing – the activity that is the star attraction at La Pedriza.


We are sure that you will find this outing well worth it!

 

 

Spairience will find and book accommodation for you. However, if you prefer taking care of this yourself you have the option of doing so directly from here, and simply booking the activities and other services with us.  

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  • Type of activity: Nature Spairience!
  • Destination: Manzanares El Real (España)
  • Duration: 1 día
  • Period/date: All the year
  • Deposit: 30€
  • Accomodation: opcional
  • Lunch: opcional
  • Age: From 6 years
  • Learning
  • Accomodation Included
  • Under 16s
  • Over 16s
  • Children
  • Groups
  • Families
  • Sports
  • Long Walk
  • Natural Environment
  • Mountain
  • Isolated Area

La Pedriza

La Pedriza forms part of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and must be one of the most remarkable corners of it. Its singular morphology (the largest granite formation in Europe), and its tortuous and striking profile make it a unique place where history and legend, sport and adventure add additional spice to an essential outing.

 

 
Together with our guides you will discover extraordinary places deep in the labyrinth it occasionally becomes. We'll be passing under rock bridges, be surrounded by cliffs, or use hand and foot to clamber up a path that is all but invisible, while watching vultures perched in their nests or goats jumping around close by. The guides will explain how this rocky world came to be formed, and help you to read and understand the landscape, wildlife, and vegetation. They will tell you the names of the most distinctive cliffs and share stories about climbing – the activity that is the star attraction at La Pedriza.

 


We are sure that you will find this outing well worth it!

 

¡Three Different Routes!

Route 1 (easy) 

Canto Cochino - Cancho de los Muertos - Collado del Cabrón - Giner Mountain Shelter - Canto Cochino.


This route starts off climbing up to one of the most distinctive cliffs of La Pedriza, the Canchos de los Muertos (Canchos of the Dead), a place of legends and outlaws. Walking through the forest we'll arrive at the foot of it and see the many climbing routes established there. Next we arrive at the Collado del Cabrón (the Hill of the Bastard), where a we get a great view of the adjacent valley and the Manzanares River that runs through it. We then turn around and descend to the nearby Giner shelter and marvel at huge boulders like El Tolmo, or crags and walls like El Pájaro (The Bird) and El Normando (The Norman). From the shelter we'll take the path that follows the Majadilla creek to return to Canto Cochino.


Distance: about 6 km. Elevation (ascent): about 320 m. Elevation (descent): about 320m.
 

Route 2 (intermediate level)

El Tranco - Gran Cañada - Pradera de El Yelmo - Canto Cochino - Garganta Camorza - El Tranco.
 

Alternative route: El Tranco - Gran Cañada - Pradera  de El Yelmo - Collado de La Pedriza - Collado de la Cueva - El Tranco.


This route starts at the parking lot of El Tranco, following the Carboneras path until crossing the Gran Cañada (the Great Glen), through a rocky labyrinth. From here we take a steep ascent up to the foot of El Yelmo (The Helm), the most famous wall at La Pedriza, an impressive granite dome of enormous dimensions. After a well-deserved break we'll return along the same route to the Gran Cañada, continuing on down to Canto Cochino, where we will meet the young Manzanares river and follow it back down to El Tranco. 


The alternative route is the same up to the meadow of El Yelmo, but then continues along this direction up to the Maeso path and descends down to the easternmost point of the Gran Cañada down an extraordinary track between large stone slabs. After crossing the La Pedriza hill we find ourselves on a more gentle descent. Watch out for the rock called El Caracol (The Snail), formed by nature into an exact copy of this creature. On Collado de la Cueva (the Hill of the Cave), before turning back towards El Tranco we can take in sites like Alcornoque de el Bandolero, a place of bandits and treasure, or the ridge of El Indio, where a rock perfectly outlines the profile of an Apache.
 

Distance: about 7 km. Elevation (ascent): about 750 m. Elevation (descent): about 750m.
 

Alternative route: Distance: about 9 km. Elevation (ascent): about 750 m. Elevation (descent): about 750m.


Route 3 (intermediate/high level)

Canto Cochino - Collado de la Dehesilla - Pradera de Navajuelos – Oseras - Canto Cochino.
 

Again we start at Canto Cochino and head up towards Collado de la Dehesilla, a gentle warm-up ideal for toning the muscles. We will pass by the Giner shelter and see El Tolmo boulder, El Pájaro, the Platillo Volante (Flying Saucer), Los Guerreros (The Warriors) and El Hueso (The Bone) – a row of impressive crags passing before our eyes. At Collado de la Dehesilla the hard part of the route begins. We follow giant steps of rock on a steep downward slope: the scenery is breathtaking. The planted pine gives way to groves of Pyrenean oak growing between the stones. We find ourselves deep inside a landscape of high spires and smooth walls, a kingdom of rock to which we pay homage with our sweat and admiration. Near the Bola de Navajuelos we pass by incredible ball-shaped boulders balanced up high, walk under giant stone blocks and past rocks that look like burning flames. Finally we reach the crest and find ourselves in another marvellous pine forest, and following the path down the bed of a mostly dry creek, we descend through a narrow gorge to reach the key transition of the day: a stone slab with carved steps, which we will descend with the help of the guides if necessary. Then another change of direction to cross a small col and descend steeply through a forest down to the main path we climbed up earlier in the day.
 

A hard day for sure – but memorable!
 

Distance: 13km. Elevation (ascent): 700m. Elevation (descent): 700m

Includes:
 
2 nights accommodation per person in double room B&B
Accredited mountain guide
Approved safety gear
Civil Liability & Accident Insurance
Medical Kit
 
Not included:
 
Transportation (the guide has four seats available in his vehicle, which will be filled in the order of received requests).
A rent a car is possible on demand. 
Concept Type Cost
2 nights accommodation per person in double room B&B Included 120€
Mountain Route Included
Accredited mountain guide Included
Civil Liability & Accident Insurance Included

Minimum per group: 3 people. Maximum: 12 people

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