This hike lies in the far east of the Sierra Norte de Madrid against the province of Guadalajara, in the Sierra del Rincón. It is one of the most remote parts of the Madrid mountains and makes a different impression than the rest of the Sierra Norte de Madrid and the Sierra de Guadarrama, because of its relief and diversity in vegetation. During a large part of the hike we have a spectacular view on the valley of La Puebla. Because of its length, total difference in altitude and because the trail that descends to the Arroyo Valluengo is rather overgrown and also because the climb from the Garganta del Portillo to the Pico Centenera takes place through loose stones and rocks, it is a relatively difficult hike.

  • From the car park (1) we walk back along the road in the direction of the Puerto de Navacerrada, along the restaurant Venta Marcelino. Past the restaurant we take the wide trail on the right (2), which then bends to the right and runs past the premises of the alpine association.
  • We now walk further over the brick road, which further on turns into a dirt road into the forest. Just past the bend (3) on the right there is a structure (Cobertizo del Depósito) with information of the natural park Peñalara. Here we go straight on, following the RP1, and further on we follow the bend to the right (4).
  • Further on at a Y-junction (5) where straight on a narrow trail branches off, we keep left on the wide trail. Further on at a Y-junction of two wide trails (6) we go straight on/left, still following the RP1.
  • Also further on at a Y-junction (7) we keep left and stay on the wide trail (RP1).
  • There where a bit further on at a junction (8) the trail seems to continue straight on, we keep right. We now have the Peñalara clearly in front of us, thus take it as our orientation.
  • The last stretch to the top is marked with milestones. From the top of the Peñalara (9) we follow back the same route.

Route Peñalara

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Location of this Hike

Region: Sierra de Guadarrama
Near: Rascafría
Cubierto con lluvias
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Fact Sheet

Duration: 3:30 hrs.
Distance: 11.6 km
Route type: Round trip
Path type: Mountain trails
Marking: Signposts RP1 / Milestones
Total difference in altitude: 668 m.
Highest point: 2,428 m.
Difficulty: Medium (3/14)

Route profile Peñalara
Last update: June 1, 2014

How to get there?

From Madrid take the A6 to La Coruña and leave on exit 39 to Navacerrada. Follow the M-601 until the Puerto de Navacerrada. On the Puerto de Navacerrada turn right towards the M-604 direction Cotos/Rascafría. In Cotos, just after the junction to Valdesquí on the right side of the road, there is a big parking lot, from where the hike starts.

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: N 40 49.391
Longitude: W 3 57.539