Alto del Pinar
Alto del Pinar

This is a hike that can be done throughout the year; in summer because of the existence of sufficient shadow and the limited physical effort it requires and in winter because of the low altitude. At the beginning and the end of the route we walk through the emblematic landscape of the Dehesa de Navalquejigo. At the middle of the route we make a round over the Alto del Pinar, which gives us a wide view on the surrounding mountains.

  • We start the hike at beginning of the paved road and follow it until the next junction (2). Here we keep left, following the signpost of the “Senda de la Dehesa de Navalquejigo”.
  • At the next fork (3) we turn right. Ignore the next side-trail on the left (4).
  • At a bridge over a small stream (5) we continue straight on. We ignore the path to the right.
  • At the next Y-junction (6) we keep left. Further on we go through a gate and behind it at the Y-junction (7) we keep left.
  • At the next Y-junction (8) we keep right. Next we start to descend again. When we get at a Y-junction (9) we keep left.
  • Now we follow quite a while this path, which makes a round over the Alto del Pinar. This path ends at a gate (10). At the T-junction behind it we turn right again.
  • A bit further on we get at a Y-junction again (11) and turn left. We now return to the same path from the beginning of the hike, which we follow back to the car.

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Location of this Hike

Region: Sierra Oeste de Madrid
Near: Fresnedillas
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Fact Sheet

Duration: 2:30 hrs.
Distance: 10.7 km
Route type: Circular route
Path type: Dirt roads, mountain trails
Marking: Partially signposts
Total difference in altitude: 240 m.
Highest point: 889 m.
Difficulty: Easy (0/14)

Route profile Alto del Pinar
Last update: May 27, 2012

How to get there?

Take from El Escorial the M-600 to Valdemorillo, but follow (well before Valdemorillo) in El Alcor the M-533/M-532 to Fresnedillas de la Oliva. In Fresnedillas keep driving straight on (M-532) in the direction Colmenar del Arroyo until you leave the village again. Outside the village on the right, just before the sign of the town border, there is a paved road. This is where our hike starts.

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: N 40 28.789
Longitude: W 4 10.470