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Best trails in Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, Spain

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Looking for a great trail in Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, Community of Madrid? AllTrails has 102 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 58 moderate trails in Sierra de Guadarrama National Park ranging from 1.7 to 27.5 miles and from 2,732 to 7,942 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Sierra de Guadarrama National Park extends over the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and is the fifth largest national park in Spain. Notable features of this area include the Puerto de Navafría pass and La Morcuera and Siete Picos mountain ranges. This park is located in Madrid and Castilla y León. The area is mountainous and includes glacial lakes, grasslands, pine forests, and wooded forests. The climate ranges from cool to humid which gives way to a variety of flora and fauna - it is reported that more than 1280 species thrive in the park. There are the Iberian imperial eagle, black storks, deer, wild boars, mountain goats, and foxes, among many others. For those interested in trees and plants, there are oak, juniper, and wild pine. It is no surprise that this area is frequented by hikers and climbers. Plan out your next hiking adventure in the mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park!

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#1 - Seven Peaks
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
The Seven Peaks route is one of the most popular areas of the Sierra de Guadarrama, in the Community of Madrid. This trail starts near the Puerto de Navacerrada and you can visit Los Siete Picos and Collado Ventoso in a short period of time. The views are spectacular and the pine forests are a breath of fresh air if you live in the capital. Keep in mind that the path starts out being simple and its difficulty is increasing. Recommended hiking shoes.Show more
#2 - El Tolmo - Collado La Dehesilla - Torre de los Buitres - Collado La Ventana
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Beautiful excursion through the Sierra de Guadarrama, along the famous Highway, where you can enjoy a wide variety of flora and fauna and a rocky landscape that defies any imagination. The route begins at Canto Cochino, crosses the Manzanares River, continues along the Arroyo de la Majadilla, we will reach the Col de la Ventana and continues along the Arroyo de la Ventana There are a maximum of 375 vehicles allowed in the area and the start of the route is 50km from Madrid. You can go by Bus (Green Bus # 724 de Hermanos de J. Colmenarejo. Madrid, Plaza Castilla) and on the highway, M-607, M-609 and M-608.Show more
#3 - Puerto de Canencia: Chorrera Mojonavalle - Cerro del Cuclillo - Collado del Toril
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Easy to carry out crossing, due to its hardly appreciable unevenness. The route runs along wide roads, quite level and hardly at all stony (it is easy to get lost, so it is recommended to download the AllTrails map before taking the route). It is suitable to be done at any time of the year since the shaded parts occupy more than 80% of the entire itinerary. In addition there are two points quite far apart from each other to replenish the water reserves. Ideal route to enjoy beautiful landscapes, soak up an intense smell of nature and breathe an air of extreme purity. Highly recommended experience to do it as a family, since it does not require great physical wear and tear.Show more
#4 - Los Miradores de los Poetas
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
A beautiful trail that begins in Las dehesas de Cercedilla. You go up the Republic highway, to the Mirador de los Poetas. On the way, you can cross the Barefoot Bridge, see the Roman road, the Vicente Aleixandre viewpoint, Nobel Prize winner for literature. In the viewpoint, there is a poem of his "On this lonely peak I look at you ... and the nightingale so weak that on its edge it enchants him." You can take alternative options to get to the viewpoint since there are many trails in the area.Show more
#5 - El Yelmo via Senda de las Carboneras GR®10
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
The route to the Risco del Yelmo is one of the essentials in the Community of Madrid for nature lovers. It is one of the most characteristic peaks of the rocky complex of La Pedriza, a natural paradise for climbers. This long-distance European trail is a beautiful excursion in the Pedriza Park where you can enjoy a varied landscape, from the valley to the hill, reaching the upper area of El Yelmo. There is a great variety of flora and fauna such as Silvestre Pine, Hawthorn, Griffon Vultures or Mountain Goats, also very typical of the Sierra de Gredos.Show more
#6 - Circular por la Pedriza
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
This beautiful circular route through the area of La Pedriza runs along a set of quite impressive rock formations that are easy to travel until the first part and more technical, rocky and with climbing areas in the second half. From the highest area you can enjoy views of the Manzanares River, its reservoir, Canto Cochino, Collado de la Ventana and other famous peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama. It is not recommended to do when it has rained as wet stone can be very slippery and dangerous.Show more
#7 - Peñalara
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
The Peñalara route is one of the most popular in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. It must be remembered that in winter it is covered with snow, so specific material and preparation is required to carry it out. This tour begins at the Casa del Parque del Puerto de Cotos, where there are public toilets and you can get some more information for the route. To get to the beginning of the route, take the Guadarrama exit on the A6 and continue to Navacerrada. Then take the M 604 towards Rascafría and to one side of the road there is a large parking lot to leave your car. On the other side of the road is the beginning of the trail, next to the Casa del Parque. Shortly after starting the route, right where there is a shed, take the path on the left as the one on the right goes towards the Lagunas de Peñalara. In the first part of the route, the path runs surrounded by pine trees and when it reaches a certain point, the forest disappears and you can see a beautiful panoramic view of a bare mountain and the characteristic black vultures of the area flying around. Leaving the Zabala Refuge on the right, the path leads to the beginning of the last section of the route, which is steeper, which is the one that leads to Pico de Peñalara. At the top, in addition to enjoying wonderful views, there is a granite monolith dedicated to the Royal Spanish Mountaineering Society Peñalara. At the top we can take some photos with a granite monolith dedicated to the centenary of the Royal Spanish Mountaineering Society Peñalara and another made of wood that indicates where we are.Show more
#8 - Hermanas Mayor y Menor - Peñalara - Risco Claveles vía Senda Citores
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Classic route through the Sierra de Guadarrama and climb to the highest peak of it (shares the provinces of Madrid and Segovia). Start from the Cotos car park and take the perfectly signposted path (PR-3), which you will not leave until the Peñalara, the path is quite wide and height is fairly easily gained, to say that in some section especially in the Zetas the slope It is considerable (20% on average), in less than an hour we reach Sister Minor, stunning views of the long rope, seven peaks, etc. Continue along our path to Big Sister that to reach it we will deviate a little of it, other photos and we look to contemplate the lagoon of Peñalara that is under our feet. Continue your way and you can see our objective closely, the climb is long and some section has a slope of another 20% after about 20-25 minutes you reach the top, spectacular views of 360 degrees. Continue the path to go to the Risco de los Claveles, the path deviates to the left as we go along its crest where we are welcomed by a lot of rocks, say that it is a dangerous part with the occasional dangerous step but with caution. Arrive at Claveles with the occasional trepadilla and contemplate the Lagoons of the Birds and Claveles as well as the other 3 that are smaller, the return we will do it by the same place. As a warning to say that dry passes very well as long as we exercise caution, in winter it is very dangerous. After going back up to the Peñalara and contemplating such wonderful views we go down the same path, we cross Big Sister and turn to the right in the direction of Peña Citores, but this time when you reach the hill of the same we take the path on the left (Camino de Citores or Alpine Battalion Path), it has a section with a considerable slope but it is a pleasant path when arriving at the pine forest, in less than 40 minutes you reach the car. See you at the mountains!!.Show more
#9 - El Paular - El Purgatorio
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
This route through the Lozoya valley begins at the foot of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de El Paular. It is state-owned and attached to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. It was, from its foundation in 1390 until the 19th century, a Carthusian monastery. In 1954 it began to operate as a Benedictine priory. Admission is free on working Fridays from 10.15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. It continues passing through the Perdón bridge, declared a National Historic-Artistic Heritage for its conservation in perfect condition since the beginning of its construction in 1390. Given the relative isolation of the Lozoya Valley, the local authorities used to carry out the trials next to the bridge. The inmates appealed their sentence to the court on the same bridge and, if they were pardoned, they returned safely. If not, the bailiffs led them to the Casa de la Horca, located about two kilometers in the direction of the port of Cotos, where they were executed. From that tradition comes the name. The final and most anticipated point of the entire route is the Cascada del Purgatorio, with two impressive waterfalls that, descending between the rocks, create the Arroyo del Aguilón, where the hiker will not be able to pass through here without wetting his hands or removing some that another photograph contemplating this beautiful landscape. Note: the route can also be started from the Las Presillas recreational area and thus save one kilometer (in summer there is a fee: € 5 for cars and € 10 for vans). Bicycle is not allowed.Show more
#10 - La Maliciosa Circular vía La Barranca
Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
Fantastic circular route guided by white markings to the Maliciosa peak from La Barranca, in the Sierra de Navacerrada. The tour begins at the Barranca car park and continues up towards Maliciosa. Once this peak is reached, continue descending towards Collado del Piornal, which separates Navacerrada from La Pedriza. From here the path ascends again towards the Ball of the World and through the Risco de los Emburriaderos it returns to the starting point. As it is a route at more than 1000 meters of altitude and about six or seven hours of travel, it is recommended to go well prepared, especially in winter and autumn since you will need warm clothing, gretes, crampons and boots.Show more
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