HIKE Sat 27 - Medium - Peñalara National Park string of peaks and mountain lakes
sam. 27 octobre à 09:30
Peñalara is the highest peak in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and home to the highest and only natural mountain lakes also. We'll walk also through stretch where most other people turn around, along a rocky string of peaks very out of the beaten path that looks out of a movie! Peñalara mountain and surrounding lakes are the most environmentally protected area of the national park. The peak of Peñalara is Sierra de Guadarrama's highest with its 2.428 m, and the lakes surounding it undoubtedly make one of the most beautiful sights you'll come across in central Spain. The peak is the start of a string of rocky promontories with spectacular views to both sides that make for so many photos that you'll end your phone's memory. THE HIKE, SPECS · DISTANCE: 15km · DURATION: 6h (with stops for rest, eat, photos, etc) · TYPE: Circular · ACCUMULATED INCLINE: 600 m · DIFFICULTY: Overall level MEDIUM The hike is EASY in terms of uphill steepness, because there's hardly any hard steep parts. It's MEDIUM/HARD in terms of terrain on the rocky line that links all the peaks (which is the best part, by the way) and it's LONG in distance and time. It has a very visually spectacular stretch, that runs along the main peaks, which is all rocks and you have to walk slowly to see where you step, but apart from that it's not dangerous because it's NOTa dangerous aerial pass. So we'll call it MEDIUM HARD. The cool thing is that hardly anyone takes this path, it's challenging, adventurous and fun! The terrain here doesn't have any special complications and it's very easy to follow. The incline of 666 m (very Halloweenie by the way) is spread throughout the whole trek, so, apart from the actual hike up the Peñalara peak (about 30 minutes), there's no other uphill walking. Even the Peñalara hike to the peak is simple and short. Of course, as in any other activity on Sporty People... it's Sporty! Any hike involves walking uphill and therefore pumping blood, working out your legs and breathing faster, otherwise it would be no sport in it! :) PRICE 18€ Includes - Led route by Valentina - Liability and accident insurance (both for Spain's residents and non-residents) - Mid morning snack and drink - Photos of the day CONTACT Before the hike Carmen[masked] The day of the hike Valentina[masked] HOW TO GET THERE BY CAR - 10:30 at Venta Marcelino (it's the only bar you'll see next to he road) We'll have coffee there. PLEASE DON'T BE LATE! Map location https://goo.gl/maps/JAan1 - If no space to park on the parking lot, try parking next to the train station. BY BUS Javi will be riding with you. Take the 691 (Nivel -1, Isla 2, Dársena 21) bus from Underground Intercambiador de Moncloa at 9:30 am. Please make sure you allow enough time to be there at least 15 minutes in advance, and please remeber to leave your house with EXTRA time that day because metro frequency is extremely low on Sunday mornings. Every week someone mises the hike, don't be you!! WHAT TO BRING - Good shoes - A fleece or warm sweatshirt - Also bring a light wind/waterproof jacket if you have one. - An extra pair of sockes in case you get them wet - A bottle of 2L water per person. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING THIS, it's very important. Water can't be shared, every drink we take from someone else is one drink that person won't have! - Your lunch 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. 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. 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.