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The Serrota White icon of the city of Avila

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If you visitÁvila during winter or spring, you will see a great mountain dressed in white in the distance the Serrota. This peak of very soft contours crowns the saw of the same name with 2294 meters of altitude. Its height is more than acceptable, but its proximity to the Sierra de Gredos It makes only the inhabitants of the province dare to walk through their green meadows, opting for a series of routes where crossing a human being is rare, so Wolves they have made this area one of their strongholds in Castilla Leon.


La Serrota - Ávila

The Serrota White icon of the city of Avila

We have climbed this mountain numerous times, both from the upper neighborhood of Pradosegar as from Cepeda de la Mora. Both routes have a strong slope, but the first one has a more alpine profile that we especially liked a lot more. Today we propose the latter, after being able to finally portray it in optimal conditions. Coincidentally, the bad weather had always prevented us from photographing the route, but in the end we succeeded.

Ascension to Serrota from the upper Pradosegar neighborhood

We go to the town of Pradosegar, located 37 kilometers fromÁvila. The town has a neighborhood away from this call Uptown, which is reached after a couple of kilometers. It is right from this point where our ascension to the Serrota at 1280m altitude.


La Serrota from Pradosegar

The initial path follows a dirt track that with a good 4 × 4 we could have removed a good piece. This ends in a plain just over 1400 meters high from where you can see excellent views of Pradosegar and of Amblés valley. This valley separates the Sierra de Ávila with the Serrota and presides over the same city of Avila


La Serrota - Ávila

Once on the plain we take a path that starts on our right side following a series of milestones that go to the Pajarote hills and Bird, some peaks much more rocky than our goal.


La Serrota - Ávila

He Bird we can see it on the right side of the top photo and in the background the Serrota. We decided to upload it, becoming a great idea since a good perspective was taken of the mountains and the peak through which we had come.


Ascent to Serrota

We got off the Pajarotillo Hill and we begin to climb the endless ramp of 400 meters of unevenness that separates one peak from the other. We took the ramp down the right skirt and we barely had visibility from the top. What we do observe is that they began to accumulate very strange clouds at 2000 meters high, which did not bring anything good.


La Serrota - Ávila

At the beginning of the ramp it was not necessary to use crampons, but just 100 meters above the conditions changed and we had to put them in a safe place.


Ascent to Serrota

The snow was practically frozen and a small slip would not have sat well at all. Personally I prefer it that way as we begin to ascend much faster. The worst was yet to appear, and as always when we come to the Serrota... bad weather appeared and the top was completely hidden.


Ascent to Serrota

After reaching the top, under an intense wind, we had to wait 30 minutes until we could find a hole in the fog and be able to take a picture of the summit. It was frozen and the thermal sensation was several degrees below zero.


Summit of the Serrota

Fed up with the intense cold we descend towards the Peña del Belesar, escaping from the dense fog and taking advantage of a few sun rays. The crampons began to overflow and from time to time we dug our knees under an intense blanket of snow.


Ascent to Serrota

We pass through really splendid areas. Rocks dressed in ice and snow giving them very beautiful shapes. Besides, these views were just for us, there was no one around us and we were making a mark on the road. This area is one of the least traveled by the mountains.


Ascent to Serrota

It is so little traveled that Wolves They have made this area of ​​the sierra as one of their favorite shelters, although the farmers are not very happy. For example, there have been cases that have come down from here to thevalley of Ámbles or the location of Mengamuñoz, killing some cattle.


Ascent to Serrota

We turned around and it seemed that the Serrota would finally clear up, which finally didn't happen. It was time to start taking the road back to Pradosegar.


La Serrota - Ávila

It would be enough to go down the rope located on the left side of the valley where the Los Tejos stream falls. Although the road is not very well signposted, from this point it is constantly visualized Pradosegar So getting lost is very complicated. About 6 hours of the route that personally were very rewarding.


Descent to Pradosegar

Practical data on the ascension to Serrota

When to go to Serrota?

The best time is spring and autumn. Summer is very hot in the area and in winter although it seems a lie, it does not usually have too much snow, except on occasions like this.

How to get to Serrota?

From Ávila we take the N-110 road towards the port of Villatoro ó Piedrahita. Only 5 kilometers before reaching the port, the detour to Pradosegar will appear. Once we are in the town we continue the road to the Uptown Where we will leave the car.

To consider

  • We have several streams along the route but no remarkable source.
  • There are no shelters in the area, only small bivouac.

Other routes through Serrota

Another route that we can take through the area is the ascent to Zapatero Peak, also seen from the city of Ávila. Its summit from some places seems inaccessible given its rocky character, but there are many ways to overcome these difficulties.

It is also advisable to climb the Jewel with the best views of lasierra de la paramera.

Thanks

And of course, thanks to Manuel for going out in almost all my photos 😉

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