The Valle de la Fuenfría, accesible from the Cercedilla train station, is one of the 5 main sectors of the Guadarrama National Park. In the winter, it's even more picturesque, with snow patches here and there. This is a medium hike, that's as beautiful as it gets, with several view points from which to admire the green valleys below as well as the string of high snowy peaks in front of us, all linked by a dense forest of old pine trees. There's creeks and even a waterfall!
THE HIKE - DESCRIPTION
We'll be taking off from the train station and hike up slowly up to a maximum altitude of 1.680m (to avoid getting into the very snowy peaks) slthough there will be snow along the way, to make for awesome pics. About half way through the hike, we'll be mostly walking downhill until the end.
The route follows stretches of the Victory, the old Roman Road and Puricelli trails, Mirador de los Poetas viewpoint, the Ducha de los alemanes river fountain and some other classical Cercedilla wild fountains.
We'll probably stop for lunch at the beautiful Pradera de Navarrulaque, with its excelent views of the valley. Test if you can work out how the sun clock works up there! (It's called "El reloj de Cela")
• Starting time: 10:30 am (after having coffee)
• Type: Circular
• Distance: 20 km
• Duration (with all breaks): 7h approx
• Level: Medium/Hard. This time the category is given for the lenght and duration of the hike, not for an extreme uphill effort or difficult terrain. Of course, there's a hike up in the beginning, not a super hard one, but it is going up, expect to work legs and lungs :)
Gradual uphill up to km 5. A bit more steep waking from 5 to 11 approx. Then downhill the rest of the way. Easy terrain with probably wet patches, some snow on the way (not deep, just probably around the paths)
• Route's organization and personal attention (email, whatsapp, tel)
• Route's leader Valentina (speaks English, Spanish)
• A mid morning snack with hot soup and something solid and yummy to go with it (tortilla, empanada, cookies, ...)
• Liability and accident insurance (both for Spain's residents and non-residents)
For any questions prior to the hike: Carmen[masked]
The day of the hike: Valentina[masked] (call for quicker response)
HOW TO GET THERE
• By CAR - Follow route on your phone https://goo.gl/maps/ATjVs Allow plenty of time since parking can become tricky in Cercedilla. REMEMBER TO POST YOUR CAR SPOT AVAILABILITY BY LEAVING A MESSAGE ON THE WALL OF THIS ACTIVITY
• By TRAIN - VALENTINA WILL HOP ON THE TRAIN TO MEET YOU ONE STATION BEFORE CERCEDILLA, in Los Molinos station.
If you're taking the train from Atocha - Take the 8:31 am train Line C-8 from Atocha that ends in Cercedilla (it may say C2 when in Atocha or when you search online, it's the same) please be there at the C-8 platform by 8:10 maximum.
If you're getting in on another station along the same line, one that's more convenient to you, please let us know in advance so we can have you located. (Check timetable from other stations on the same line, here http://www.redtransporte.com/madrid/cercanias-renfe/linea-c-8.html ).
We'll get off at Cercedilla station
WHAT TO BRING - Dress for the winter cold temperatures in the mountains, but in layers, so you can take them on and off as needed as you walk
•Your lunch (there will be a small mid morning snack, but pack a lunch because it's a long day!)
•A bottle of 1,5L water per person. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING THIS, it's very important. Water can't be shared, every drink we take from someone else is one drink that person won't have!
•Hiking shoes (better if water resistant)
•An extra pair of socks in your backpack
•Fleece or warm sweatshirt
•Another fleece or warm sweatshirt in your backpack.
•A waterproof/windproof light coat
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAYMENT
• Even if it looks like you can only pay through PayPal, you may also do it by credit card, just click on the 'pay now' button and follow the instructions to choose either PayPal or Credit Card (Card is the second option, the one in the bottom).
ABOUT THE HIKES
Some of the hikes have been previously done by organizers and some others we're all exploring together for the first time. That's why most of the times we go on hikes no one else does yeahhh :)
The leader will make sure we all get to our destination safely and in time, but keep in mind that this is not a guided tourist walk, this is an adventure. We'll be stopping frequently to check our position and redirect the route if neccesary, even tracking back our steps a few meters.
Please note that, although covered by our insurance, everyone is responsible for their own actions and behaviour, no jumping off cliffs head first please!!! :)
End time is approx since hiking, unlike a train ride, depends on the group's slowest person and any other circumstances we find along the way.