Guadarrama Ascension to La Peñota.La Peñota Altitude of 1945m is a peak located at the foot of the town of The mills in the Community of Madrid. Its ascension is very simple and can be done from several different slopes. In our case we decided to do it for the Port of the Lions.
Many of us will have seen La Peñota up the Port of Guadarrma by the highway. To get a little idea, if we take the A-6 in the direction of La Coruña from Madrid, just after Villalba, we started climbing a port before entering the Guadarrama Tunnels. Well, if you look at this climb, the most rocky peak located about 7 kilometers to the right of the highway is La Peñota. Its sharp character is difficult to confuse.
Guadarrama Ascension to La Peñota
Starting from Port of the Lions (1511m), in the direction of NoroEste, just in front of the restaurant across the road, a GR which goes through all the tops to the Peñota, with no possibility of loss. Soon after catching it, we will see a series of bunkers from the Spanish Civil War with a lot of history behind. It is curious how the passage of time deteriorates them and how the community does absolutely nothing to prevent it.
During the route, we go up hill after hill, which makes the slope of this rise gradually. About 5 are up, like the Matalafuente Hill wave Sevillana, until we reach a very rocky area, which forces us to skirt the mountain on its right side.
This area is the most fun of the entire journey.
After this rocky area, we will be at the top of a hill from where we can see the nearby top of La Peñota. We will climb it from its left side, along a poorly marked road due to weeds.
At the foot of La Peñota, we will have to make use of our hands to be able to reach the landmark that crowns its summit. The beauty of this is that it is quite isolated from other mountains, so its views are exceptional.
From here we have no choice but to return where we came from, unless we had played with two cars. One in the port of Los Leones and the other from the nearby town of Los Molinos.
Practical data Guadarrama Ascension to La Peñota
When to go?
It is a peak in which the snow does not usually last too long, so in my opinion any time of the year is good for the route.
How to get?
Since Madrid / Segovia / Ávila on the N-VI until Port of Guadarrama / Los Leones. There is a parking lot just above, so there is no problem leaving the car.
What to wear
Mainly Water, since there is not all the way. Sun cream, sunglasses, ..., and the usual in the mountains.
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