Ascent of Pico de Peñalara on 2009-10-12

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Monday, October 12, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico de Peñalara
    Elevation:7966 ft / 2428 m

Ascent Trip Report

To 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
    Total Elevation Gain:2158 ft / 656 m
    Extra Gain:98 ft / 29 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Recommended trail via Dos Hermanos
    Trailhead:Puerto de Cotos  6004 ft / 1830 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes

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