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The Cordal of the Pinilla. From Pico del Lobo to Tres Provincias

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The route of Pinilla tailpiece It is a journey that runs along a natural border between the provinces of Segovia, Guadalajara and Madrid. It joins the peaks of Pico del Lobo, the highest in the Sierra de Ayllón, and the Tres Provincias or Peña Cebollera. This hiking route is a spectacle of views towards the central or Castilian plateau, revealing a plain of farmland and the towns of Castile and Leon to the north. Let's see how this route passes, what situations made us go through and what scenarios and landscapes we can find in it.


Wolf Peak in Autumn

The Pindal Cordal

The Cordal de la Pinilla is a route that runs between the provinces of Guadalajara, Segovia and Madrid by the “rope” that joins the peak of the Wolf, with 2,274m and the Three Provinces or Peña Cebollera, with 2,129m. This crossing has a length of just over 20km, so we categorize it as medium difficulty in summer, mainly because of the distance, and high in winter because of the amount of snow that these mountains accumulate. It is not a circular route, so you will need return transportation or two cars. One from Estacion de la Pinilla and another in the town of Somosierra.


Wolf Peak in Winter

From Pico del Lobo to Tres Provincias

The day we did this route was the typical sunny day of Madrid and that in the same station of La Pinilla, place of departure, it seemed the perfect day. They rained after 4pm, which happened, and in what way! We leave a car in Somosierra and the other at the starting point, the parking lot of La Pinilla. Being November the temperatures were around 10 degrees, so a little less at the top of Pico del Lobo.

Once behind the parking we went up a pine forest next to some apartments in La Pinilla. The ascent begins strong and can leave more than one touched if this section is quickly climbed. After a while the pines are already left behind to begin to see the station and the tailpiece by the face of Segovia. At this point we begin to notice that the climb was no longer so steep, although there is a point that in winter becomes very complicated if you do not carry crampons. As there was no snow, easy stretch. This point is located less than 25m before reaching the esplanade of the Pico del Lobo.


Esplanade of the Wolf Peak in Winter

We did not find any snow on the entire route, although it is true that a week later, the first snow fell in mid-November. In the esplanade you can already see the Peak of the Wolf and the ancient structures of a old ski resort. At this point, for the moment, no trace of rain or hail.

Once the ascent to the top of the Pico del Lobo is finished, you get off for about 5 minutes until you reach the Cordal de la Pinilla enjoying the best views of the entire route. Remember that you walk on the border of two provinces, Guadalajara and Segovia mainly, along a rocky road with little vegetation.


La Pinilla tailpiece

During a large part of the crest or the tailpiece, the unevenness is noticeable, until a great milestone is reached where you can see the strong ascent of the Peña Cebollera or Tres Provincias. Here we stop to eat to begin to notice the first signs of rain.

Already at the top of the Three Provinces began the great descent to the car. It is important not to take the path on the left, if not continue straight until you find a detour to the right. Right next to the top there is a large rock that symbolizes the union of the three provinces, since depending on the side you are, you will be in Guadalajara, Madrid or Segovia.


Pindal tailpiece

Already descending the Peña Cebollera, a simple descent and largely by a wide road, you can decide whether to go cross country through a thick forest if the rain stalks as it happened to us. Since we saw Guadarrama coming, a storm was coming from those that mark the era, from those that darken the day and that carries with it a tremendous noise due to thunder and lightning. In addition to the rain carrying hail, a hail that hit us all the way down, it came with the beat of thunder and the heat of lightning as they fell. If not, look at the video.


La Pinilla tailpiece

In the end, the descent is not technical, but with the rain and the hail that we had to overcome, we realized again how important it is to be prepared for the mountain. Many times they ask us why we carry extra weight, error, it is not extra weight, it is a weight against unforeseen events like these.

If you want to see a winter ascent to Pico del Lobo, click here.

Practical data

How to get?

From Madrid, take the Burgos road until you reach the town of We are, about 95km. At the end of Somosierra, in the old NII already cut off to traffic, you have to leave the first car and leave with the second towards A2 until you reach the exit of the La Pinilla Station, exit point and where the second car is left.

When to go?

For us the best time is autumn or spring, with a much greener landscape and snow in many sections, although Winter is our favorite time.

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