Scrambling Routes in La Pedriza

La Pedriza is one of the most surprising and spectacular areas of Guadarrama National Park near Madrid. A beautiful caos of granite cliffs with labyrinthine trails linking them.

Mythical summits like El Pájaro or El Yelmo can be climb without been expert rock climbers or carry large climbing racks. In these outings we will do scrambles following the original or normal routes to this summits, easy climbing at maximum grade IV and abseils in some of the routes.

With our local guides you can ascend these peaks and feel the air around you with an spectacular 360º view of La Pedriza.

As you may know, scrambling it’s classified in 3 difficulty grades. We offer you three routes in La Pedriza with ascending difficulties, all of them culminating in some spectacular summit. Adventure and classic mountaineering is just an hour away from Madrid.

  • Day Tours:
    • 1 person: 210 €
    • 2 persons: 120 €
    • 3 persons: consult
  • Two day tours with Bivouac or night in Giner de los Ríos Mountain Hut:
    • 1 person: 420 €
    • 2 persons: 240 €
    • 3 persons: consult
  • English speaking AEGM Certified Rock Climbing Guide.
  • Guiding fee.
  • Liability and accident insurance.
  • All climbing gear needed (ropes, harnesses, helmets)
  • Advice before the activity directly with the guide.
  • Transportation. We can help you to arrange transport to/from Madrid. Ask us.
  • Accommodation and meals if needed.
  • Personal mountain equipment.
  • Bivy equipment if the activity takes two days with bivouac (Sleeping bag, sleeping mat)
  • Anything not listed in the “Includes” Section.
  • 3 participants per guide.


  • 1 full day, from 8am to around 4/5 pm.
  • We highly recommend the two days option for a maximum Pedriza experience. In this case we will either bivouac under the stars or use the Giner de Los Ríos mountain hut, right in the middle of La Pedriza.

Here are the scrambling difficulty grades description:

  • Grade 1: Manly hiking with some short sections in which to use our hands. Aerial or narrow passages with exposure. Avoidable difficulties and rope use only for the more insecure. Easy retreat from route.
  • Grade 2: Short sections in which the use of a rope is recommended for safety. Climbs up to grade III and some possible abseiling for downclimb. Retreat may be complex.
  • Grade 3: More committed and technical scrambles, normally moderate climbs up to grade IV. Must do abseils during the route. Use of rope it’s mandatory. Complicated retreat once on the route
  • Grade 1, Laberinto and Pared de Santillana: Perfect first contact with the scrambles in Pedriza. We will start our route from Canto Cochino parking lot and we will enter in the Laberinto (Labyrinth) of La Pedriza, a wild and losing area like no other. Small climbs here and there will leave us at the foot of the imposing pared de Santillana. We will skirt it on its right heading towards the north face, where a series of ledges and boulders will allow us to climb to its summit with amazing views of La Pedriza.
  • Grade 2, El Yelmo: The most visible summit from almost any point, a unique viewpoint in the heart of La Pedriza. We will begin to climb from Canto Cochino through the Hueco de las Hoces, where some small climbs will warm up our bodies. Once in the Yelmo meadow and depending on mountain conditions, we can choose different climbs to its summit. Slabs and chymneys up to grade III in a unique setting.
  • Grade 3, El Pájaro: The summit of the summits of La Pedriza. We will make the ascent by climbs of up to grade IV through its west face to reach the place known as the salon del pájaro (Bird’s hall), some bouldery traverse will leave us just below its summit. From here  we’ll “only” have to climb  a smooth grade IV slab to get to the the most beautiful viewpoint of La Pedriza as it is located right in the middle of it. A 20 meters abseil will leave us again in the bird’s hall and we will downclimb its eastern face, thus making a circular route to this mythical cliff.
  • If you have already done these routes we have more adventures to offer you: Las Torres de la Pedriza, La Maliciosa, Scrambling in Valdemanco and la Cabrera… ask us!
  • Good physical condition.
  • Not afraid of eights or vertigo suffering.
  • Willing to adventure and have fun!
  • Mandatory mountain shoes, boots or approach shoes with good condition sole.
  • Climbing Helmet and harness if having. If not it´s included in the activity price.
  • Technical clothing for the time of year (warm clothes, windbreaker, waterproofs, etc.). It is always good to have a light layer (or multiple layers), even in the summer.
  • Comfortable clothing (loose and not bulky).
  • Backpack (approx. 20-25 litres).
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre).
  • Snacks for the day (bars, packed meals, some fruit).
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, cap or hat).
  • Headtorch and batteries.
  • Camera.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Trekking poles (recommended for long approaches).
  • Bivy equipment for two days routes (Sleeping bag and mat, food, cup…)






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