Ascent of Pico de Peñalara on 2009-10-12
|Date:||Monday, October 12, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Pico de Peñalara|
| Elevation:||2428 m / 7966 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportTo get to this hill is quite easy from either of the 2 motorways leading N or NW out of Madrid, especially the M607. Head for Navacerrada, and then take the well-made road up to the little ski resort of Puerto de Navacerrada. The road from here goes down to Segovia. Turning E the road contours round to Puerto de Cotos where there is a large car park on the right (S) side. The trail starts to the right of the big building opposite, up a wooden staircase.
I had a business meeting in Madrid at 2pm so I started early. It was surprisingly cold and windy to begin with and there was no other sign of life. The climb was uneventful up the well-signposted and well-maintained track (obviously a popular hike) until I met 5 very large, black bulls on the summit ridge. Fortunately they seemed very docile and I slipped past unnoticed. As I reached the summit at 0815, the sun was just rising and I startled a man in a bivvy bag just below, who got up and scuttled off to the East with out so much as a buenos dias. After admiring the view for 20 minutes and being warmed by the sun, I headed back down the trail passing a few others near the bottom.
Note that the trail from Laguna Grande de Penalara up to the summit ridge was closed in October 2009 (fenced off at both ends) for conservation reasons. This closure was well signposted at the trailhead so didn't cause any problem.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||656 m / 2158 ft|
| Extra Gain:||29 m / 98 ft|
| Distance:||8 km / 5 mi|
| Route:||Recommended trail via Dos Hermanos|
| Trailhead:||Puerto de Cotos 1830 m / 6004 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Clear|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 20 Minutes|
| Time Down:||50 Minutes|
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