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Guadarrama The Malicious by the south face

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Winter is back, our favorite season to practice trekking. To begin, the Malicious by the south face, a classic mountain within the new Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, in Madrid. It is not the classic route that leaves from the Port of Navacerrada through the Ball of the world or from La Barranca. This route has more unevenness without having excessive difficulty except in winter, the best time to make this beautiful route.


Malicious Reservoir

The route starts from the Vista Real urbanization, in the Madrid town of Sierra calf. You can leave the car at the end of the main street, Vista Real Avenue, just before the entrance of the road.


Departure from Becerril

The entrance is through a door that leads to a agricultural road and that reaches the reservoir of La Maliciosa. At the beginning of the route the road is along this wide road but it can be shortened, see track, along a path that leads directly to the reservoir, a large water point hidden between the mountains.


Malicious Reservoir

On the reservoir is seen both the Malicious and The Peñotillo, a colossus of stones before the top and that can be confused with the Malicious. From the reservoir the route is diverted by a narrow road that already goes straight to the top. This narrow road passes by a stream, on the left, marking much of the road.


Ascension to the Malicious
Ascension to the Malicious

In winter the route is little traveled, not as it happens in the Stone, but it is something more dangerous when approaching the top because ice plates normally form.

As we get closer to the Malicious, the path becomes steeper and sometimes you have to use your hands to get around rocks or recesses along the way. If you look back, the view is spectacular, seeing the Navacerrada reservoir among others and even the 4 towers from the capital, Madrid.


Views from the route

Shortly after leaving El Peñotillo the top of La Maliciosa begins to be seen and in the background the World Ball. It is curious, but until we reached this point we did not see anyone in the entire journey. As of this moment, the ascent is much faster but you have to be careful with the plates that form. Once this little setback is over, there is the top, and all the mountaineers that you thought you were not going to find, after all La Maliciosa is one of the busiest routes of the entire Sierra de Guadarrama.


The world ball
The world ball

He has to put on his boots, don't you think? Javier Blanquer

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