Ascent of Lobo on 2015-10-12
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, October 12, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||7461 ft / 2274 m|
Ascent Trip ReportLeaving 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|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2671 ft / 814 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||2671 ft / 813 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.9 mi / 9.5 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds|
| Gain on way in:||2671 ft / 814 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2540 ft / 775 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m|
| Loss on way in:||131 ft / 39 m|
| Distance:||3.4 mi / 5.5 km|
| Start Trailhead:||La Pinilla 4921 ft / 1499 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2540 ft / 774 m|
| Distance:||2.5 mi / 4 km|
| End Trailhead:||La Pinilla 4921 ft / 1499 m|
| Time:||45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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