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Ascension to the top of the hole, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

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Every year the Sierra de la Paramera It is dyed white to be observed from the city of Avila. Hidden by some rocky giants, there is a little known peak that holds more snow than any other, high of the Hoya. This humble and forgotten mountain of 2133m It is well worth a visit, despite being out of place by the colossal Zapatero peak for only a few meters and by the unmistakable silhouette of the Peña Cabrera.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

Ascension to Alto de la Hoya, a top within the Sierra de la Paramera

We are in the middle of May and the snow has practically disappeared from the Sierra de la Paramera, except for a few snowfields on the tops of Zapatero and Alto de la Hoya. It is a mild temperature, about 20 degrees and the sky is almost clear. A perfect day to go out to the field and take one of my 10-month-old children, if children, because they are 2 and take both at the same time is physically impossible unless you are a true ironman.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

The route starts from the town of Navandrinal. A small but charming town thanks to its location. The car can almost be left anywhere, but the ideal is to go up to the upper part of the town where there are several cattle ranches, follow a concrete path until you find a small parking lot on our right, just on top of a hill. Point where Peña Cabrera is seen on our right and Zapatero on the left.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

We are at an approximate height of 1378m and our goal is to 2133m. From the small parking we go down a dirt track to cross a stream that descends from the shoemaker's throat. This stream will come with pearls since we will have to follow it constantly and on its right side until its birth, more than 2000 meters high. Easy huh.

Initially we walked along a dirt track wide enough for a tractor. This will end when we see a set ofbattlements to our left


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

From here the thing begins to get ugly and the slope begins to be quite pronounced. Even so it is happening very fast, thanks to the excellent views and the numerous waterfalls that form in the shoemaker's throat.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

Just as the milestones turn sharply to our right, which are on their way to Shoemaker, we will continue straight in spite of not having any way. We will try to circumvent the piornos, easy thing thanks to the numerous bald ones until arriving at the Portapa del Zapatero. Here is a well marked road. In fact, this road ends in Navandrinal and we could have taken it from the beginning, but since the idea was to make a circular route, we will take it afterwards.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

As I climb the slope, the slope of the mountains confuses me and it seems that the mountain on the left is higher than the right. Looking at the map I see that it is only an illusion and the summit on the left, the Blackberry Coot, measures 15 meters less than the Jewel.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

Past the mountain that confused us, I see in the distance a sign that marks the top of the top of the Hoya. I know we are doing well and it is time to walk slowly, while my daughter has fallen asleep completely. Too bad I have to wake her when she reaches the top.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

Well, it was not necessary, I suppose his sixth sense knew that he could not miss it and with his eyes wide open he was enjoying the final meters. We are already at the second top of the Sierra de la Paramera after traveling more than 5 kilometers and more than 700 meters of unevenness.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

After taking a snack and resting for 15 minutes, we began the descent along the same path that we had used until we found the path of the Portapa del Zapatero. This we take to our right and we will not separate from it until we reach Navandrinal.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

Along the way we will cross numerous cows grazing through the green meadows while in the background we have wonderful views of the Zapatero. This moment was chosen to make the pit-stop, with diaper change included.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

Navandrinal It was still far, about 4 kilometers and this we will not see until the last two. He is so stuck in the valley that he seems to be dodging and then reward us with a photo like this.


Ascension to the top of La Hoya, the best views of the Sierra de la Paramera

After a little less than 4 hours and a half we arrived at the parking lot, knowing that we traveled 11.6 kilometers with 780 meters of unevenness. Not bad for a baby of 1 month who can not walk :-D.

Practical data on the ascent to the top of the Hoya

When to go to the top of the Hoya?

We can go at any time of the year except for the summer that seems a bit hot unless we get up early. In winter there is snow but it is difficult.

How to get to the top of the Hoya?

Since Ávila we take the port of Navalmoral to the town of the same name. We take the detour to Navaredondilla and just when we get to the town of San Juan del Molinillo we will find the detour to Navandrinal, where we will leave the car in the small town square or in the parking lot above.

What to wear

Route made in spring and where it is recommended to take the following.

  • Long pants, thermal shirt and fleece (Winter only).
  • Cap against the incense sun.
  • Much water. There is no water in part of the road
  • Winter hat and gloves.
  • Good onesSemi rigid or rigid boots in winter.
  • Backpack of at least 30l
  • Trekking sticks.
  • Crampons and ice ax in winter.
  • Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As a GPS, our recommendation is Garmin GPS 64

To consider

  • We have several streams along the route but no remarkable source.
  • There are no shelters in the area, only small bivouac.

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