Beautiful route to the top of the Community of Madrid. Peñalara of 2,428 m asl.
We left from the Parking of the Puerto de Cotos and started the route, but we immediately left the path of walkers to take the path that leads us to Peña Cítores. We make it easily and taking advantage of the leftovers and fresh of the morning.
Arriving at the Fuente de los Pájaros the vegetation stops and the sun begins to rise in the same way that our ascent begins, by the PR-32, to the Dos Hermanas of 2,284 m. We continue walking along the crest of the Cirque and the Peñalara Lagoons, until we reach the peak of the day, Peñalara of 2,428 m.
Curiously, today is also the day when the Gran Trail de Peñalara is run and our route is, in reverse, part of TP60-2019. With what we have the pleasure of seeing the first ones of the test pass.
We continue the route to the Risco de los Pájaros, but now, we do not pass them by its northern slope, but we enjoy traveling them completely. At this time of year they are not dangerous, although they are not recommended if you have vertigo. Even so, we witnessed a mountain rescue of GERA members because a person got entangled.
In the descent, already calm towards Claveles, we turn to the right to happen through the Lagoon of the Birds, the Lagoon of the Claveles and the Five Lagoons and finish descending to the Puerto de Cotos by the PR-15.
Beautiful route, however classic it may be. Without a doubt it has been the best way to cope with the 40ºC that Madrid was registering today!
Max elevation: 2384 m
Total climbing: 1061 m
Total time: 05:12:58