We started the route from the town of Puebla de la Sierra and rolled along the M-130 road towards Puerto de la Sierra, which we almost reached. There are 6 km of ascent, which, although they are by road, the environment is precise and more during the autumn. We arrive at the Canto del Hueco where we take a track that continues to rise.
We reached the first peak of the day. The base of Cerro del Hierro where we go down the GR 88 – Senderos del Jarama towards Puebla de la Sierra again. But in the old Corrales del Zahurdón we have a pleasant surprise. The sculpture of a giant 5 meter chair known as the Meira Giant Chair Chair. It receives this name because the artists Xulio Lago and Roberto Brañas installed it Meira (Pontevedra). This was 4 meters and built in wood that in the end was disassembled because it was not well received. But it was in “Valley of Dreams” in Puebla de la Sierra. However, to better resist the weather, a metal replica was installed, somewhat larger (5 m) than the original. Curious and precious work.
We continue down the GR-88 until we reach Puebla de la Sierra to go back up through the old Casillas de la Ciquiruela. We climb the Hoyo de la Boyada to La Torrecilla at 1,465 meters above sea level. We continue along the track going down to Portillo to go back up to La Garanta del Portillo. And also by track between ups and downs we reach the hillside of Cerro de La Torrecilla to reach Collado de la Pinilla, from where we can see the Pantano del Atazar in the background.
At this point, which we expected the most fun, we turned along the GR-88 towards the Barranco de la Miel del Medio, towards Puebla de la Sierra. But I must tell you that this path is beautiful, but not for bicycles. Beyond being technical. It is full of rockroses that do not let you pass with the handlebar and if you add that on your left side you are always on the slope. They make it impossible. With which we walk the 5 km in length. I insist. It is beautiful, but not to ride a bike until the rockrose is cleaned.
Finally, and following the GR-88, we arrive at a small pond of Arroyo del Portillo where its exit, keeping the GR, is by track and… it is sincerely appreciated.
We still have a climb, but it is short and it returns us to our starting point.
It is definitely a beautiful route through the Sierra del Rincón and recommended during the fall. But the return from Collado de la Pinilla is slow.
Max elevation: 1532 m
Total climbing: 1337 m