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Penalara Natural Park

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SunnyHikerStu wrote a review Jun 2019
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom83 contributions28 helpful votes
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The peak of Penalara can be reached via several excelltly marked RV routes. There is plentiful parking at Puerto de Cotos from which most routes start. Views in June on a clear day were amazing.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Artūrs T wrote a review Apr 2019
Riga, Latvia201 contributions44 helpful votes
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We stayed in Madrid and drove to Penalara with public transportation metro-train-train (used google maps). First I would like to advise to always have coins with you. In one of the stations you can buy tickets only with coins and it was a struggle for us (there were no shops in the station). Last train was an awesome experience, it was something between tram/ train and it started in the city (going through streets) and then we got to mountains, it felt very cool, old school, with some great scenery. Once we got to the last station, we went to the cafe in the station (also old school/ vintage). From there to the beginning of the hike is about a kilometer. There's information center, WCs. We came started the walk and got to crossroads, it was either left or right - at the end we understood that it didn't matter which path you take, because it's a loop (yeah, we didn't do much research prior :D ). We figured that this is the way to do it. Once you go left, it's a foresty path with a beautiful views. After a few km, we got to a sort of a lake and from there the climb starts - to get up the Penalara, it gets a bit tricky and physically challenging, but totally worth it. You basically have to climb along the top of the mountain range - it's not really dangerous,mostly climbing from one big rock to another, just need to be careful (aslo we got lucky with the weather - it was warm, clear and sunny in October). Once you get to the top, there's a sign indicating that you've made it. You can picnic there. Then starts the way down, which is not too steep, but it's pretty hard to keep walking down for a loooong time (knees were struggling a bit). While going down, there's a lot of stunning places. SO, overall - totally recommend it. If you're not in a great shape, should start early in the morning. Take water and food with you. A must do :) Oh and the hike took us about 4 h total
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Sami R wrote a review Aug 2018
Vantaa, Finland42 contributions12 helpful votes
As others have well described there are multiple route options. From internet you find them in spanish but visit the ranger office for maps over there or just take photo of map outdoors. Routes are very easy to follow. If you can go to peak. If you can't all the way up you can always turn down. It's 5km and takes 1h 30min - 2h 30min usually one way. There is around 1km level at quite end of the trek, otherwise quite steady uphill with rather ok paths that get narrower and unclearer close to the peak (but you do not need it that much, just head up :). Be careful with loose rocks, they are plenty. I found it too much mountaineering to continue from peak further (to make loop to some mountain lakes path) but I saw some locals going further. That was serious rock-climbing quite right after the peak but they said it's just some hundreds of meters and then gets easier. Too much to my taste anyways. I used around 5 hours but had this detour further from peak and chillin' breaks etc as much as I could. Starting at Cotoz was 22C, peak around 15C at end of August. There was also expected weather board at start saying it goes down to 5C at peak (at nights of course) and up to 20C. Wind was chilly at points. On the other hand there is no shade (after first km where trees cover bit) and you should have your sun cream on and with you to add. I consumed 3 litres of fluids during this day. All in all one of the best hikes I have had - my first one climbing this much (and it was not much actually). Too bad that this time had no chance for more than one day here.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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TNsnowflake wrote a review Sep 2017
Knoxville, Tennessee486 contributions117 helpful votes
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My husband and I are avid hikers and love finding natural areas near cities we visit. Spain was no different. We took a train from Madrid (Atocha) to Cercedilla, then from there to Los Cotos. The total time was just over 2.5 hours (each way). We walked from the train station up the hill to the Visitor Center where we spoke with a ranger and got a map. It took us around 1.5 hours to reach the summit of Penalara. Although it was the end of August it was chilly atop the mountain (take a hoodie or jacket). The hike itself was challenging due to the loose rocks beneath your feet (we almost fell multiple times). The path is well marked but there are a couple of places you could get lost if the fog rolls in so beware. If you're close to this area, it's worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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globalcuriosity2015 wrote a review Jul 2017
Greater London, United Kingdom12 contributions5 helpful votes
Wide horizons, birds of prey circling, fresh air and a feeling of exhilaration and space! Great conservation centre with tips on appropriate walks.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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