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Guadarrama Ascension to the Rock of the Bear by the north face

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Guadarrama Ascension to the Bear's Rock on the north face. We return to Spain and specifically to Segovia. The Rock of the Bear is the highest peak of the tailpiece of The dead woman, tailpiece that form La Pinareja with 2,197m, the Peña del Oso and the Pasapán Peak with 2.005m in the Sierra de Guadarrama. This famous tailpiece simulates the silhouette of a lying woman, dead, covered by a veil and with arms crossed. The Dead Woman extends along 11km from the west to the southwest and is visible from both Madrid and the province of Segovia.


The top of the Bear Rock

The Bear's Rock

The ascent to the Rock of the Bear by the north slope begins in Ortigosa del Monte, but not from the same town but by a dirt road, on the way toDimple Rope, which must be taken from the N603. This road is in very good condition and after a little less than 2km you will reach the entrance, a metal door next to a firewall.

Much of the route crosses a pine forest of wild pines to a height of about 1,900m, where a vegetation based on mountain and juniper piorno begins, so characteristic of the Sierra de Guadarrama.


Stand

The route is a steep slope, not suitable for beginners especially because it covers just under 1,000m in just 6km. The road starts from the entrance of a firewall, wide and simple path and always leaving behind you the Castilian plateau with Segovia at the bottom.

Leaving the firewall begins the cross-country route through granitic stones and sometimes under wild pines. When you leave the forest area the route ascends along a ridge that graze the cows and where there are incredible views of Segovia and the Riofrio's Palace,although it is so far away that we cannot see the deer or the falcons that guard it.


The top of the Bear Rock

Shortly after leaving the crest, the Rock of the Bear appears, with its classic statuette and with views of the Heap of Wheat and of Tejo reservoir, a reservoir separated from the world and that is only accessible by bicycle, on foot or with 4 × 4. A tenderloin sandwich bought at a gas station, a couple of cooked eggs and a good meal in one of the classics of the Sierra de Guadarrama while you think how to get off making a circular route.


Bear Rock by North Face
The top of the Bear Rock

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