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Guadarrama La Integral de la Pedriza

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La Integral de la Pedriza. The route that we propose today, runs through one of the most beautiful places of the National Park of Guadarrama and specifically within the margins of the Pedriza. This circular route will take us to the highest summit in the area, The Torres de laPedriza (2029m), walking through the most rugged and isolated areas of Pedriza itself, a strange thing when we are in a park visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year.


La Pedriza integral

La Pedriza integral

The route that we are going to describe below, together with another circular route that we discuss in another post (Collado del Cabrón and Los Llanitos), are probably the best routes we can take in this privileged environment, although if you do not have so long, there is a slightly shorter route that runs through one of the most mythical peaks of the Pedriza, the helmet, a paradise for granite climbers. Another very visited place is the Green Pond, ideal for a bath after a short walk.

The route

We start from the parking lot of Pig Singing at first hour of the morning. It is convenient to arrive soon because the places are limited and sometimes it is full. After reviewing all the material we can go to the path that goes to the Giner de los Rios Shelter which we will leave on our right and we will only visit it on the way back. This whole path is very similar until we practically reach the Lookout Hill at 1882m. This first part of the road is very well signposted almost always in the shade of the pines and with a lot of vegetation around us, such as ferns. As an important point, most of the journey is a short trail stripe painted White and Yellow, a PR. Later we will join a long-distance path painted in Red and White, a GR.


La Pedriza - Winter

After arriving at Lookout Hill รณ Prao Poyo, the pines will disappear and a long road will begin in which the shadow will shine by its absence. Here we will have a detour that will allow us to go towards Cancho Rye (1927m) and the Milanera (left) or towards the Torres de la Pedriza (right), road that we will take.


La Pedriza integral

From here we can see the Long rope and the Major and Minor Iron Heads. However, the closest peaks are Peña Lindera (2107m) and the Alto de Matasanos (2058m), some tops a little higher than the Torres de la Pedriza. The Alto de Matasanos is left on our left as we climb up to the north skirt of the Towers, until we reach a point that will allow us to climb to the Tower of the Pedriza Mayor. This section must be done with great caution given that there are low difficulty air passages But that can lead to a fatal fall. In addition, it is not easy to find the step to climb it, think that it goes up its north face and there are some milestones outside the PR They signal it.


Views from the Collado de Miradero

We descend from the Torre Mayor and turn down the hill in the South direction (right), where the PR. At this point there is a large esplanade completely deserted and with the remains of some camping. The truth is that the site lends itself to it and in fact several western films have been shot in these places.


Torres de la Pedriza

At this same point, several groups of goats began to appear, at first very shy but there were some that had already become accustomed to human presence and even approached. I'm afraid someone has given this bug to eat ... badly done.


Goats in the Torres de la Pedriza

We begin the descent in the direction of the Ventanillo (1925m), bypassing rocks and more rocks that in the end you want not, one ends up getting bored.


La Pedriza integral

We meet again with a group of goats arriving at Cerro de los Hoyos (1946) although from this hill we stayed very low. Like the previous goats, they were not very shy, but in the end after posing for us, they decided to put their feet in dusty.


La Pedriza integral

We pass through several interesting areas such as Alley of the Bees and the Sphinx. In one of these areas, you will have to go through some rock tunnel to get around the road. There is no complication, but precautions must be taken.


La Pedriza integral

At the bottom of the road they will not be accompanying what they seem to be Vultures, because of the white color left by the vultures' feces under their nests.


The Buitreras

We arrive at Collado de la Ventana (1784m), which can be a possible escape from the route in case you want to finish it a little earlier. On the one hand we would end up in the Hoya de San Blas and on the other we would go down to the shelter of Giner de los Rios. We must continue straight, riding at the beginning on the left side of the mountain, although at first we have the feeling of being going too low, this will change later.


La Pedriza integral

From here we will continue on the white and yellow signs, first through very well signposted trails, until finally we get into a very cascaded area called The labyrinth. Camping in this area must be fantastic.


Labyrinth - Integral de la Pedriza

As the name implies, it is an ideal place to lose yourself and get disoriented, so I recommend following the directions constantly because then to find them again you will have it very complicated.


La Pedriza integral

After the Labyrinth comes a very long descent to the Collado de la Dehesilla (1450m), that Manzanares el real communicates with the Pedriza refuge, via GR-10 and the road that connects the town with Soto del Real.


La Pedriza integral

Here the road is much more pleasant, given that many more people are traveling. We take it to the right and in just 30 minutes you will arrive at the Refuge and from here, we will gently arrive at the parking lot.

Practical data

When to go?

Our favorite time is spring. When there are still traces of snow in its badly high areas and the rest of the area is covered with green. However, due to the low height of most of the Pedriza, it is not usually covered with snow for very long periods, so winter is a good time to visit it. Summer is very hot, and I would personally avoid it and Autumn can be a good time to take a route.

How to get?

You can reach the Pedriza from different points, but the most famous entrance is through Manzanares el Real, taking the detour that is outside. This will leave us in several car parks, but what matters to us today is the parking of Pig Singing. Keep in mind that getting up early is wise and this I tell you because on many occasions the parking is closed to the public due to overcrowding.

We have also entered the Pedriza since the Hoya de San Blas, much less crowded, not to say "unexploded", just that arriving through this place will be an additional effort. Another starting point may be the town of Manzanares el Real itself.

Where to sleep?

The pedriza has a sheltered shelter, Giner de los Rios, just 30/45 minutes from the Canto Cochinos car park. Another option that we can assess is the Camping that is on the outskirts of Manzanares and just at the foot of the Pedriza, the Camping el Ortigal.

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