MEDIUM HIKE to LAS CARCAVAS - PATONES - PONTON DE LA OLIVA
dim. 31 mars à 09:20
Due to popular demand, we are repeating this unique route with a very unique - an not very popular - landscpae: las Carcavas! It runs through a landscape in the canyon of the Lozoya River, full of history. We will begin with a quick visit to the nearby village of Patones de Arriba first thing in the morning before it gets packed with domingueros Then we wil drive to the start of the route at the Ponton de la Oliva dam, the oldest built in the region, in the mid nineteenth century. Located, near Patones in the canyon of the Lozoya River and delves into the Cárcavas formed by water erosion, reddish colour and appearance of another planet. The Ponton dam emerges as a wall of stepped walls, the result of the work of hundreds of prisoners at the time, and it never perform its goal since at the end of its construction it was observed that the dam suffered from numerous leaks in the adjoining land and so the water would disappear under the wall of the reservoir. Also at this point we will see some walls where climbers demonstrate their skills. The profile of the route from the GR-10, is low-lying except for a short steep slope between hills at the beginning of the route. It is therefore suitable to do it calmly and without further requirements like good shoes and water needed. We must follow the course of the path to the stream of La Lastra and for its side, following the flow of the waters, will finish inside the 'cárcavas' (gully). Caves and channels that allow cautiously, let enjoy a wonder created by nature. The path runs through the central channel, as most of the other channels have no way out. To finish in the top of the 'cárcava' (gully), we get down a hillside, following a small rise rather steep. Once crowned the top, we can take pictures with a privileged view, for the day trip will be unforgettable. HIKE INFO & DETAILS / INFORMACIÓN DE LA RUTA. - PRICE / PRECIO: 12,5€ for the guided hike - DISTANCE / DISTANCIA: 15 kms - DURATION / DURACIÓN: 5-6h (including breaks, lunch, photos taking, etc) - TYPE / TIPO: Loop / Circular - ELEVATION GAIN / DESNIVEL POSITIVO: 400m. - ELEVATION LOSS /DESNIVEL NEGATIVO: 400m. - DIFFICULTY / DIFICULTAD : Moderate / Moderada. The hike in general terms is medium. We will follow conventional trails and go off trails in order to search and exit of Las Carcavas. Total time of the route between 5-6 hours depending how long we want to stay in Las Carcavas and how long lunch break is. The only tricky part is the way out from las Carcavas. But hopefully we will find our way out safe and sound ;) HOW TO GET THERE / DONDE QUEDAMOS Y CÓMO LLEGAR. We are MEETING at 9:30h at Plaza de Castilla, on the Southeast corner where an old white water deposit tower stands. We will try to allocate all the attendees in the available cars. Otherwise there is a bus leaving from Plaza de Castilla at 9:30 on Sunday that will stop at Torrelagunas and we can pick you up from there. Final arrangaments will be made on Friday evening after we know how many cars are available. You can also meet us directly at Patones de Arriba at 10:30h. WHAT TO BRING - Hiking shoes or mountain boots. Trail running sneakers are ok as well. - A small backpack for your stuff. - 1L of water or other soft drinks per person. PLEASE DON´T BRING LESS. - Your lunch. Midmorning snack will be provided. - Sunscreen & sunglasses - A hat or a cap. - A fleece or warm sweatshirt as it may get chilly. - A light windproof jacket if you have one it is recommended. - Bring yourself ready to enjoy a wonderful and fun hike with like-minded people! :) We expect to be back at Plaza de Castilla around 19:00/19:30. However, bear in mind that the expected time is approximated since hiking depends on the group's pace and any other circumstances that might arise along the hike.
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