HIKE SUN 19 - MEDIUM - FALL COLORS OAK AND FINNISH FOREST - RASCAFRÍA

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dim. 19 novembre à 08:00/strike>

Intercambiador Plaza Castilla
Madrid
Espagne

Like every mountain range, the Sierra de Guadarrama is full of legends about magical spots and curious rock formations. This time we'll pass by one of them, the Devil's carriage, above the Fall changing colors oak forest called Horcajuelos and the little Finnish forest reservoir, crossing creeks and wooden bridges here and there. Keep reading about the legend! An area that passe through the beautiful El Paular Monastery before getting back to the cute Rascafría town for a beer and, if you want, briging back a sweet treat from its artisanal chocolate factory! 

THE HIKE


Oak forests just as they enter the Autumn, but also lots of creek side trees on the cute Finnish forest, with its old wooden sauna and little jetty. Along the trail you can see firs, birches and large poplars, mistletoe... all the way to the entrance to  El Paular Monastery (XIV century). Then the route continues between rock formations all the way up to the Devil's carriage where we'll go up and check, in between it's granite walls, pretty views of the Lozoya valley below. After getting back to Rascafría through yet more oak forests we'll have time for a beer and even a little stop at the local chocolate factory.

SPECS


AVERAGE DIFFICULTY - MEDIUM

LENGH 16.5 km 

INCLINE 425 m (gradual, not steep)

TIME: 5 h (with snack, lunch, photo and rest stops included) 

TERRAIN: 80 % trails - 20% paths 

THE LEGEND


The carriage of the Devil, in the time of king Carlos V, is a solid reminder of the times when Juan Guas, architect of the Cathedral of Segovia, seeing that he did not meet the construction deadline, sold his soul to the devil and then mysteriously began to see results. Carriages full of granite stones from the quarries of Colmenar started to multiply and run  across the mountains from Madrid to Segovia. At some point Juan Guas repented about selling his soul and  the angry devil, in return, petrified the last of the carriages that Juan needed to finish one of the towers, leaving this granitic rock formation called "El Carro del Diablo". And, they say, that's why one of the towers of the Segovia cathedral is shorter than the other

THE MONASTERY

We'll pass by the Monastery of El Paular (built year 1390 aC) a Benedictine monastery whose monks make their own liquor that you can buy at the shop :)

PRICE 16€ Includes ...

• Led route by Javi (speaks English and Spanish)

• Whatsapp personal info and help 

• Midday snack and drink

• Liability and accident insurance (both for Spain's residents and non-residents)

• Photos


---- CONTACTS----

Carmen (before the hike)[masked]

Javi (the day fo the hike)[masked]

HOW TO GET THERE

BY BUS: Javi will be riding with you. Take 8:00 am Bus 194 (Dársena 35) to Rascafría from underground Intercambiador Plaza Castilla to Rascafría. The ride takes 2h, but the ride back to Madrid only takes 50 min from Miraflores de la Sierra.


BY CAR: Meeting up by the bus stop in Rascafría around 10:15 am here's the google maps link https://goo.gl/maps/2gEio4nQgix

WHAT TO BRING


• Your lunch and a minimum of 1,5L water bottle

• Clothes in layers so you can easily put the on and off and a light wind/waterproof jacket (just in case)


• Comfortable walking shoes


• Extra pair of socks

• Small backpack

• A hat/scarf in case it gets a bit windy

ABOUT THE HIKES

Some of the hikes have been previously done by organizers and some others we're all exploring together for the first time. That's why most of the times we go on hikes no one else does yeahhh :)

The guide will make sure we all get to our destination safely and in time, but keep in mind that this is not a guided tourist walk. We'll be stopping frequently to check our position and redirect the route if neccesary.

Please note that, although covered by our insurance, everyone is responsable for their own actions and behaviour, no jumping off cliffs head first please!!!

End time is approx since hiking, unlike a train ride, depends on the group's slowest person and any other circumstances we find along the way.


Source: https://www.meetup.com/fr-FR/sportypeople/events/244449929/