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Guadarrama Circular through the Blowout

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Next to Paular monastery, in Rascafría Madrid, there is the rope that is born in the highest mountain of the community of Madrid, the Peñalara. This rope with a little more than 25 km reaches the Port of Navafría, passing through the Reventón and el Nevero, rivaling with long rope, the most famous crest of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

The circular route through the Reventón allows us to have one of the best views of the Lozoya Valley and from the Farm, already in Castilla y León. It is long, somewhat demanding, but it does not require us to be true athletes.


Departure to the Reventón

Circular through the Blowout

This journey of more than 8 hours makes a route like this force you to get up early. Once you are underway there is no turning back, since only reaching the top of the Reventón is just over 3 hours from Rascafría, although in the attached track we leave the summit at 400m to continue along the circular route.


Lozoya in the background

The route begins at the back of the Paular, right next to the Rascafría sports center. At the beginning you walk along a track surrounded by green meadows where the cows graze at ease. Shortly after leaving these pastures a small forest is crossed, where in autumn it is a spectacular yellow. Leaving the forest behind begins another track, long and where sometimes the 4 × 4 of the rangers pass. It is in winter where it is usually an ideal place to wear snowshoes, since these tracks usually accumulate large amounts of snow.


Circular through the Blowout

Always behind us will be the Lozoya Valley, with one of the best located reservoirs in all of Madrid, with the people of Lozoya guarding it.


Circular through the Blowout

After about 4 hours you reach the Blowout, and already returning about 500m on our own is when you have to go to the Port of Navafría to resume the circular crossing, without loss, since you always have on the right the Lozoya Valley and to the left Segovia A large part of the crest is accompanied by a fence which divides both communities, sometimes covered by snow in winter.


By the rope

During the first 5km, by the High of the Calderuelas, practically the slope is almost null, but after this section you find a mass of rocks next to the Peak of the Arrow, with 2,077m, which indicates the point of descent to descend through a pinewood to Rascafría. Part of the descent is cross country and it is easy to find deer in this area, since it is very little frequented by walkers due to its small isolation and because it is a crossing not suitable for all audiences.


Circular through the Blowout

Once you leave the pine forest, you will reach Rascafría, and you only have to cross the town to get to the starting point. Happy hiking day!

Practical data

When to go?

Any time of the year is good, but depending on the season the landscape can change radically. From January to March with the snows the landscape becomes almost alpine but in summer, especially in July and August, the heat can be hellish, yet the crossing is worth it.

How to get?

It can be reached from Madrid by taking the road from Apiary until Miraflores and then go up to the port of la Morcuera. Another option is to go by the A1 direction Burgos taking the Rascafría exit.

What to wear

Looking at the material to be carried in winter we recommend:

  • Winter boots if possible (everything depends on the cold).
  • Snowshoes according to amount of snow.
  • Winter clothes.
  • Leggings.
  • Cap and two pairs of gloves.
  • Sunglasses.

No more technical material such as crampons or ice ax is necessary.

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