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Ascent of Lobo on 2015-10-12

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, October 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lobo
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:2274 m / 7461 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Leaving my Madrid airport hotel before 7, I picked up the motorway to Burgos (M12 then E-5/A-1, well signposted, and drove north. It was dry when I left but started raining as the road gained altitude towards the Sierras. After about 50 mins I took exit 103 (N-110 Riaza/Soria) then after about 4km a right turn onto the SG-115 (signed for La Pinilla ski centre). Arriving at dawn there was little sign of life but I quickly set off in the beautiful morning light using topo map I had printed from iberipix to find a series of forest roads (http://www.ign.es/iberpix2/visor/). If without a map follow the road past the roundabout, around the left hand bend past a parking area on the right, and the somewhat overgrown forest road can be seen on the right running up the lefthand side (true right) of a little stream (entrance blocked by a pile of dirt). Follow the track as it climbs through pleasant pine forest, and turn left at the only major junction. After a few zigzags the treeline is reached, and soon after the broad ridgeline with fine views over the plains and the ridge itself. Until this point the weather had held despite a poor forecast, but as I continued up the track it started at first to drizzle and then to shower heavily on and off for the rest of the hike. THe track continues to the summit where a derelict building mars the scenery but provides some shelter from the rain. Wanting the quickest way down (and wanting to make a circuit) I continued West on the track, which keeps just left (south) of the rocky ridge for a bit, and eventually ends before a steeper downslope. Turning back right and decending steeply for a few meters brought me to a ski piste which I followed down to about 1800m. From here tracks lead directly back to the ski village but these were muddy and slippery due to the rain and because the summer use for the ski centre seems to be as a downhill mountainbiking funpark. As I returned to the car park there were dozens of people gearing up to have their bikes carried up to the top station at 1750. The mostly young, male bikers were sporting a lot of body armour and looked a bit like they were preparing to film a pepsi-max advert.. They gave me some funny looks anyway..
All in all an easy and pleasant half day out from Madrid but I certainly recommend my route of ascent via the northeast ridge rather than the ski-piste mud-fest I used on descent.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:814 m / 2671 ft
    Elevation Loss:814 m / 2671 ft
    Distance:9.5 km / 5.9 mi
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:814 m / 2671 ft
    Extra Loss:39 m / 131 ft
    Distance:5.5 km / 3.4 mi
    Trailhead:La Pinilla  1499 m / 4921 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:775 m / 2540 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Trailhead:La Pinilla  1499 m / 4921 ft
    Time Down:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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