2274 m altitude, 828 m prominence, 54.55 km isolation
The main goal for the next few weeks is to target ultras in Morocco and the Spanish mainland. I stop in Madrid on the way; it’s only 2 p.m., and my next flight is tomorrow morning. The plan is clear: find the mountain. Of course, I found it. There is one more P600 mountain, just north of Madrid. specially reserved for just such an occasion as this, so I rent a car, and a few hours later, I’m at the base of the mountain.
In the late afternoon, I parked my car in a large parking lot at 41.205638, -3.472805. I went up to the ridge on a gradual forest path. Multiple trails are available. Cerro del Aventeadero, 2006m P10, was visited. Then I went back and continued on a clearly visible path over the ridge. Quick detour to Las Peuelas, 2215m P30.
Plain on the north side of the mountainThe path through the ridgePlanted forestsSummit is visible from Cerro del Aventeadero – 2006m p10 Summit and wide ridge trail from Las Peñuelas – 2215m p35Alto de las Mesas – 2257m p28Looking back to Cerro del Aventeadero – 2006m p10Close to the summitA dilapidated structure stands near the highest pointAntenna and concrete triangulation pillar at the top
Climbed to the highest point, which is located behind a dilapidated building and is marked with a concrete trig pillar, for great evening views. Also visited Alto de las Mesas. On the way down, I decided to take the SW trails through the ski slopes. It wasn’t much faster, and at the bottom, I had to climb over the fence. The gates were locked, and I wasn’t able to find any better way to reach the parking lot.
Surrounding viewsLas Peñuelas – 2215m p35Below, the ski slopes I went downView westwardsThe ridge I came from Alto de las Mesas – 2257m p28In the west, the trail passes over quite steep slopesLa Pinilla ski resort can be seen below“Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock..
There is one less p600 mountain to climb in Central Spain. I’m heading to a hotel near the airport, where I’ll meet Rockinstraw, and tomorrow morning we’ll continue on to Marrakech. Said will meet us there, and we will travel to the western Atlas to climb Jebel Igdet ultra peak.
Nice pine forest, which is probably why the resort is called La Pinnela
2274 m altitude
828 m prominence
54.55 km isolation
Iberian Peninsula - Castile Ranges
Spain - Castilla y LeónSpain - Castilla-La Mancha
6.40 km up
4.20 km down
763 m gain
763 m loss
1510 m altitude
I began at the small resort of Le Pinilla, north of the peak. Then I climbed one of many forest trails to the southeast, took a short detour on the good ridge trail to the north to the lower peak, and then headed on the same ridge trail south to the highpoint. On the way down, I took a different trail to the west and a later, steep grassy slope to the northwest. In the last section, I walked on the ski slope to the parking.