Not far from the Segovia Riaza is a small reservoir or pontoon called Riofrio Reservoir, one of the multiple points to ascend to the highest mountain in theAyllón mountain range, the Pico del Lobo, with 2,274 m high and located in the province of Guadalajara.
Pico del Lobo
Before leaving for the Pico del Lobo you have to check the climatology and especially the snow state. This route, due to its length, if you do not carry the right equipment, you may end up very exhausted or simply not meet your objective, climb to the top. In summer it is simple, long, but affordable, but in winter on the north face the snow and the ice It is abundant, so it is essential to carry crampons, ice ax, Canes and rackets, since if the snow is recent and not hard, it may be that with each step the snow reaches you above the knee. Therefore, better to go equipped and with weight, than not to reach the top and have trouble returning to the starting point.
The route starts near the small town ofRiofrio de Riaza, in the Riofrio reservoir and before reaching the Quesera Port. Next to the reservoir there is a small parking where you can leave the car, but if you have 4 × 4 you can go down a road just before the dam and that leaves you just below it, next to a cabin and the starting point of the crossing.
From the reservoir
The crossing begins on a wide road that will go through different meadows where the cattle graze until they reach a point that will have to leave the road and walk cross country through a beech forest, which although not signposted does not have much loss, since the goal is always to go where the sun rises and where is the Calamorro de San Benito, right in the pass that ascends to him Pico del Lobo.
By the beech
Once past the small forest, full of animal tracks by the way, on the hill you will have to go to the right, until the next hill, the Aventadero Hill, one of the scares of the crossing, since visually from the hill it seems that the Pico del Lobo It is close, but that goes, we must pass another peak to reach the plateau where our goal is.
Once past the hill, about 1,800m high, begins to see the Pico del Lobo circus deep down but not the top, since the top will not be seen until it is above 2,000m.
The road, always well signposted in summer and sometimes a little more complex in winter, always ascends the hill, leaving the ski resort on the right The Pinilla, a small environmental disaster of the many of the Central System.
La Pinilla Station
After the hills we reach a crossroads that connects to the ski resort and where the most common route and traveled to Pico del Lobo, a route that we will detail later in Viaja por libre.
As of this moment, the Pico del Lobo is about 2km away and with a little more than unevenness, just over 11%. At this point, depending on the situation, the crampons must be put on to avoid any type of risk. A slight fall can cause you to end up in The Pinilla and not inside a warm restaurant, if not in a hill or on a tree.
Pico del Lobo
Once the 2,000m level has passed, the old ski lifts from the station and the Pico del Lobo. After about 3 hours of crossing, the summit is finally visible. Remember, there is still the return, so it saves strength. Good luck on the climb! Javier Blanquer
By the beech