La Pinareja, next to the Bear Peak, are two of the ascents of the north face prettiest of the Sierra de Guadarrama. With views of Segovia and Castilla y León, as well as the National Park and the Peñalara, the highest peak of Guadarrama, make this route the ideal place to spend a day in the mountains.
The north face, the face with fewer visitors from all Guadarrama, always hides more wild routes, with fewer people and, above all, with greater animal wealth. They are still trails with less human presence to be much further away from a city like Madrid, where Navacerrada and Preserves, by proximity, do not usually attract walkers, if not people wanting to spend a day in nature. Therefore, the Pinareja, being located in the northern part of the sierra and its south side, a little further from the more traditional tops as7 peaks, Peñalara or Montón de Trigo makes it always less frequented, yes, you will have to overcome the almost 1,000m of unevenness of this place in the mountains
Through the forests of Guadarrama towards Pinareja
Ascension to the Pinareja
The ascent towards Pinareja starts from the Puente Alto reservoir, just at the end of the track that starts from the detour of the N-603. From the small parking a path comes out that crosses the small stream that feeds the reservoir and then begins the climb by a fence. Further on there is a point where you will have to get around the fence and start the cross country climb.
The climb to the Pinareja is through a pine forest full of pineapples and the occasional green meadow with horses living in semi-freedom. In winter or spring these meadows are usually covered with snow or green, very green, as we find them due to the humidity and the area streams.
Towards the Pinareja
After the pine forest, you reach a point where you can see both Madrid and Segovia, point where you have to turn right towards the Cerro de la Muela, with 2,153m high, top before the Pinareja.
As with Pinareja, the ascent to Cerro de Muela is about a granitic soil, where curiously, in the Pinareja, there was a quarry near the 1,800m. There the wild pine, the classic of the Sierra de Guadarrama, is no longer visible, giving way to the sun and a very rugged landscape.
Once passed the Cerro de la Muela, it descends again to undertake the ascent towards Pinareja, until reaching the 2,197m, where resides one cross, something out of the ordinary in this mountain range, but very common in the Pyrenees.
Already at the top you can see the Bear's Peak and the whole crest where we are, the famous Dead woman, especially since the Pinareja is the highest point of this tailpiece.
On the top you can see the full extent of the Valsaín Valley as well as the city of Segovia, an ideal place to have a snack, rest and start the descent to the Puente Alto reservoir.
The descent can be done in the same way, or crazy, as we did. A bit of cross country until reaching a forest road that bordered the pine forest until reaching the reservoir.
How to get?
From Segovia you can arrive from the CL-603 direction Segovia, and before reaching Come back, Already passed Ortigosa del Monte, take the exit to the Puente Alto reservoir, until you reach a parking lot at the end.
Although we did the route in winter, without snow, it is not normal. In winter the snow encamps freely on the north face. Therefore, both for the cold and for the temperature conditions that you can have in the Pinareja we recommend you take the following material:
- Long pants, thermal shirt and fleece
- Hat and gloves
- Primaloft if you are cold
- Raincoat or third layer for wind or rain
- Long boots and winter socks
- Crampons and ice ax, the top may be frozen
- Flashlight or frontal. The Black Diamond for example are excellent
- Leggings if there is snow. Here is a good example of Leggings and eye with size.
- Backpack of at least 30l
- Trekking sticks
- Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As GPS our recommendation is the Garmin GPSMAP 64
In winter the routes are usually longer if there is snow, so calculate 1 or 2h more.
In summer this point of the mountains is usually very dry and very hot. There are hardly any shadows, since except for some large rock there are few shady areas. For the material we recommend:
- Summer shoes, short if possible
- Shorts and short sleeve t-shirt
- Polarized sunglasses and cap
- Solar protection
- Water in quantity and food, which will be 5 hours of crossing