Best trails in Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares, Spain

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#1 - La Pedriza - Canto Cochino - Charca Verde
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
This area is really beautiful and many people have not seen it because they went directly to Cantocochino (main parking lot). It is a route through the mountains of Madrid perfect to start with La Pedriza, in case you go with children or animals, in case you are not looking for anything demanding or in case you want to enjoy a day of nature without complicating yourself. Throughout this section, until reaching Cantocochino there are approximately between 30 and 40 minutes. One of the most beautiful areas next to the Manzanares river. Along the course of the Manzanares river to Cantocochino This first section is narrow, skirting the rocks and with the Manzanares River on our left. There are many small waterfalls, areas to rest and little by little we will get closer to the heart of La Pedriza. This entire trail is practically in the sun and we will only have a small climb up a rock that looks like a slide. Just as we go up here, we will arrive at a beautiful natural viewpoint to enjoy spectacular views of La Pedriza. Also as we advance we will see the spectacular shapes that the rocks make. Above all, there is an area that we will cross at a certain height watching the river from above. It is perhaps the only section to take extra care with the little ones. We will only have to see the Kiosk 'La Foca'. A small charming house where we can have a drink on the terrace, next to the river and in a unique environment. Later we will see a bridge and we will arrive around the Cantocochino car park. From the bridge to the parking it takes about 5 or 10 minutes, but first we will see how the valley opens up to see the most famous and highest area in all of La Pedriza. In front will be the Milaneras and the Towers, to the right we will see the impressive Yelmo and to the left the Sierra de Guadarrama, which depending on when this rural environment will be totally snowed But the best point to enjoy the views and learn the name of the rock formations, will be a compass that we will find the way. We can use it as a guide indicating all the famous names of La Pedriza. In Cantocochino there is also a very typical bar that is usually full. To regain strength after the route. Then and from the parking we will follow a road that takes us directly to a bridge. On the other side is the information house. We will continue to the left along a path next to the river in the middle of the forest. It is another beautiful area, in the shade and perfect for the most intense days of heat. In spring it is really green. We will always carry the river to our left, with many waterfalls and bridges. It is important to stay on this side of the river. The usual thing is that people go the other side and see the Green Pool from a small viewpoint that prevents you from getting close. This route in this rural environment takes you to the foot of the pond, much more beautiful and with better views. Arriving at the Green Pool of La Pedriza We have the last section where we will see a bridge on the left (we will return here on the way back). There are also a couple of really nice natural viewpoints in the rock, with views of the highest mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the cows and the houses of the Guardas. Finally and once we see the photo below, with the waterfalls and pools of the Manzanares River, we are left with the only part of the path that is somewhat more confusing. Use the GPS for guidance, although the important thing is to follow the narrow path (there are several) between rockrose and some rocks. There are some zigzags until we cross this small slope and we will reach the rocks where the Green Pool is. We can enjoy this beautiful place with a beautiful natural sound. Once we have enjoyed the Charca Verde, you can return by the same place or cross this last bridge that we saw to return to the main path (faster but much more boring and completely in the sun).Show more
#2 - Navacerrada - La Barranca - La Maliciosa
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 24.4 mi
#3 - Manzanares El Real - La Pedriza - Peña del Yelmo
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
#4 - Dehesa Boyal de San Sebastián de los Reyes - Valdeloshielos - Puente de la Marmota
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 33.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - Parque de los Arroyos - Fuente del Fresno - Coto Pesadillas
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 13.7 mi
#6 - Pinar de las Rozas - Las Matas - Cerro Porra
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 15.8 mi
#7 - Senda Maeso - La Pedriza - Cueva Ave María [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta de Manzanares
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
The Senda Maeso, named after the passionate mountaineer from Madrid of the Sierra de Guadarrama, discovered this rocky path as well as beautiful. It is also known as La Rinconada, Trocha del Alcornocal or the PRC-1. In any case, it is important to pay attention to the map since it is very easy to get lost between cliffs and cliffs. It is recommended not to do it when it has rained since the stone is extremely slippery.Show more