The Col of the Dehesilla
The Col of the Dehesilla

The Col of the Dehesilla

This hike takes us through the Pedriza, one of the most popular walking areas of Madrid. This region owes its name to the large quantity of boulders and stones it contains, as well as to its magnificent rock faces. It is also characterized by the presence of a lot of water, since the river Manzanares and its branches flow here. The first part of this route we follow the trail “La Autopista” (the highway), which has this name thanks to the frequent use of the trail and the easy access it provides to the Pedriza.

  • From the car park “Canto Cochino” (1) we walk downhill through the asphalt road past the bars.
  • At the end of this road we take at the left the little bridge over the river Manzanares, on the other side of the bridge we turn left again. Follow the white-red marking of the GR-10.
  • At the information panel of the route “La Autopista” (2) we go straight on, following the direction of “La Autopista”. Where further on the trail is blocked with a trunk, we follow the white-red marking to the left.
  • At the fork, we follow the signpost “Refugio Ginar de los Ríos” to the right (3).
  • At the next fork, we again follow the signpost “Refugio Ginar de los Ríos” (4), and turn right over the small bridge.
  • At the other side of the bridge we continue straight on to climb towards the refuge “Ginar de los Ríos” from where we have a splendid view over the surroundings.
  • The route continues turning to the left before the refuge, just after arriving on the plateau where the refuge lies. From here the trail becomes narrower and considerably steeper.
  • Further on we get at an enormous boulder in the landscape (5), where we keep following the trail straight on.
  • After a steep climb through a trail with a big amount of stones and boulders, we arrive at the Col of the Dehesilla (6). Here we have a spectacular view over the valley on the other side of the mountain, where we look at the north of the Sierra de Guadarrama.
  • The way back follows the same trail back.

Route the Col of the Dehesilla

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Location of this Hike

Region: Sierra de Guadarrama
Near: Manzanares el Real
Muy nuboso con lluvias
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Fact Sheet

Duration: 3 hrs.
Distance: 9.2 km
Route type: Round trip
Path type: Forest and mountain trails
Marking: White-red (GR10)
Total difference in altitude: 450 m.
Highest point: 1,455 m.
Difficulty: Medium (3/14)

Route profile the Col of the Dehesilla
Last update: September 25, 2011

How to get there?

From Madrid we follow the M-607 (direction Colmenar Viejo) and then the M-609/M-862 direction Manzanares el Real. From Manzanares follow the M-608 direction Cerceda and soon at the sign “La Pedriza” turn right. The access to the park is limited to 500 cars, so arrive on time. A few kilometres up the parking lot “Canto Cochino” is clearly signposted, which is where the hike starts.

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: N 40 44.963
Longitude: W 3 53.771