Apart from being able to ski in winter at the Pinilla Station, just over an hour from Madrid, it is possible to do both winter and summer hiking with or without snowshoes. During the winter season, places such as the Pico del Lobo, behind the Pinilla Station, are often seen hikers to reach one of the most mythical peaks of the Ayllón mountain range.
Trekking at the Pinilla Station
With the arrival of snow in the center of Spain, both Guadarrama, Gredos or the Sierra de Ayllón offer numerous getaways to enjoy hiking and snow. Today we propose 3 hiking trails near the Pinilla Station, because not everything is skiing.
1 Ascension to Pico del Lobo
The Ascent to Pico del Lobo is one of the classics of the Sierra de Ayllón. The Pico del Lobo with its 2,274m is the highest peak in the Sierra and is clearly the peak that dominates the Pinilla Station. This peak can be accessed in winter with snowshoes and leggings. There are several accesses and the most popular is from the parking lot of the Pinilla Station. Another option is the one we propose, from the Riofrío reservoir, longer and ideal to enjoy a day with snowshoes.
Pico del Lobo
2 From Pico del Lobo to Tres Provincias
The route of the Cordal de la Pinilla is one of the routes that we have enjoyed the most in this mountain range as you can see in the video. It is a long route, but with exceptional views of Castilla y León and the Community of Madrid. It is accessed from the parking lot of the Pinilla Station and ascends through the pine forest that accesses the classic route towards the Pico del Lobo. Once there the crossing is over a long ridge along the Pindal tailpiece until the Three Provinces Peak. You will need two cars to be able to do it, but it is definitely worth it.
3 El Cerrón in the Hayedo de Montejo
The Ascent to the Cerrón from the Hayedo de Montejo from the back of the Pinilla Station, from Montejo de la Sierra. Although technically it is not located next to the Pinilla Station, it deserves a stop on this route if you decide not to reach the station, since to access it you have to leave before arriving at the Port of Somosierra. It is a route that runs alongside the beautiful Hayedo de Montejo, an ideal route both in autumn and winter.
Cumbre del Cerrón - Sierra de Ayllón
Map of the Pinilla Station
Tracks of the Pinilla Station
Practical data for hiking
Here the snow encamps freely in winter. Therefore, both for the cold and for the temperature conditions that you can find here we recommend you take the following material:
- Long pants, thermal shirt and fleece
- Hat and gloves
- Primaloft if you are cold
- Raincoat or third layer for wind or rain
- Long boots and winter socks
- Crampons and ice ax, the top may be frozen
- Snowshoes (optional)
In winter the routes are usually longer if there is snow, so calculate 1 or 2h more.
In summer this point of the mountains is usually very dry and very hot. There are hardly any shadows, since except for some large rock there are few shady areas. For the material we recommend:
- Summer shoes, short if possible
- Shorts and short sleeve t-shirt
- Polarized sunglasses and cap
- Solar protection
- Water in quantity and food, which will be 5 hours of crossing
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