Winter ascents

Posted in Winter activities

Escalada en hieloThe surroundings of the National Park are considered as Mediterranean high mountains, where winter time can show its hardest side, accumulating snow and ice that allow all kinds of typically alpine ascents. Climbing channels, ridges, shovels, icy walls, etc. are attractive for mountaineers. Plenty of itineraries that, depending on how winter comes, could be more or less technical, attractive and even dangerous.

This page is only intended to give a brief notice on where the main points in which to practice these modalities are, as well as some basic recommendations for safety and maintenance, since there is a great number of specific publications collecting broadly the trails and ascents.

The conditions of the Sierra de Guadarrama in terms of climatology, orography, orientation, prevailing winds, etc. can turn these friendly mountains range into an authentic alpine landscape, dramatically changing from one week to another or within one single day. It is therefore essential not to underestimate the Guadarrama, to acknowledge our limits, to get the appropriate material (and to know how to use it) and to be prepared for unexpected changes that may happen. Unfortunately, almost every year accidents occur, sometimes with the worst of the consequences, either due to these sport activities vicissitudes or derived from overconfidence or inexperience. Not only is the own integrity of the practitioner put at risk, but also the one of the search and rescue teams. Therefore, the National Park highlights the need of following safety advice and recommendations, planning the session and not underestimate the harshness of winter and Guadarrama.

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Winter ascents

The surroundings of the National Park are considered as Mediterranean high mountains, where winter time can show its hardest side, accumulating snow and ice that allow all kinds of typically alpine ascents. Climbing channels, ridges, shovels, icy walls, etc. are attractive for mountaineers. Plenty of itineraries that, depending on how winter comes, could be more or less technical, attractive and even dangerous. This page is only intended to give a brief notice on where the…

Geology hikes

National Park nature is clearly influenced by its abundance in mountains, which is reflected in the vegetation, in its fauna and its landscapes. But there are three principal topics on the geology of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains: the particular granitic landform at La Pedriza, the Seven peaks (Siete Picos) and the glacier geomorphology at the Peñalara Massif, a legacy thousands of years old, from the time in which perennial ices covered its summits. We suggest…

Ornithology hikes

The Sierra de Guadarrama provides excellent birds observation opportunities, including large birds of prey such as the black vulture or the Spanish imperial eagle, as well as many forest bird species living in these mountains woods. It is, without doubt, the most easily observable animal group, and this specially if we walk softly and we do not betray our presence. Binoculars would help our work of observation. At certain times their singing will accompany us all…

Bike routes

Many forest tracks travel the Sierra de Guadarrama. Some of them run basically along the Peripheral Protection Zone, but other ones go into the National Park. You can download a sheet with principal routes location and description. We have selected several bike routes which will take you to some of the most interesting sites of the National Park. - The Horizontal one (La Horizontal) - Calderuelas - Canencia pine groves (Pinares de Canencia) - Pedriza Zeds…

Botanic Hikes

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Nordic skiing and snowshoeing

Under the generic name of Nordic skiing, we can group different modalities whose common characteristics could be the absence of facilities and infrastructures (unlike in the alpine ski) and the way to fix the boots to the skis, permitting to let heels untied. The two best known modalities are cross-country skiing and mountain skiing. Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are becoming more and more popular and they are one of the most interesting ways to get…

Escalada en roca

×There is no translation available.La Sierra de Guadarrama, y especialmente La Pedriza, es una de las escuelas y zonas de escalada más importantes del país.

Walking routes

The Sierra de Guadarrama National Park has countless paths which were open time ago by the residents of the surrounding villages. All kinds of visitors have travelled those paths for their enjoyment. They give shape to a network with hundreds of kilometres and dozens of possible combinations. This section presents a range of the most popular hikes in the Park, which will lead you to the most impressive sites of the Sierra de Guadarrama National…

Hiking areas suitable for kids

Some of Sierra de Guadarrama hikes and trails are relatively short and they do not present great unevenness; while this does not make them less impressive. They are particularly appropriate to spend a whole day with your family, taking simple walks in which kids would enjoy the nature. There are lots of these trails, but we suggest you a selection we have picked from different geographical areas. Should you want to get more information on…

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