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Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

If I start thinking about the number of times we have made a circular route through it Look In Gredos I honestly could not calculate the exact number. It's a classic of theSierra de Gredos, even more knowing that it is attached to the imposing Galayos, those imposing rocky needles that delight hundreds of rock climbers every year. Its ascension is simple, of little difficulty and all it takes is to have some physical background. However in winter things change and it is necessary to make use of certain material to reach its peak with maximum guarantees.

Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

La Mira is a peak of 2343m that can be climbed from numerous slopes such as the Gredos platform, Guisando or Candeleda. Today we are going to tell you the route that goes through the Puerto del Peón starting midway between Hoyos del Espino and the Gredos platform, just before the payment control of this last point. This place despite its fame is not very popular to climb the Mira since most mountaineers pull up the platform to make other peaks.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

If we do it in summer it can be made a little hard due to the strong heat that it does during the day. However, all routes contain numerous points where they can get water, such as small lakes and streams, especially on their northern slopes. In addition its southern slope consists of a mountain shelter called Victory with 14 seats and located almost at 2000m altitude.

In winter things change and it is necessary to take with us both ice ax and crampons. La Mira always freezes after 2100m and it is almost impossible to move forward without this type of material unless your favorite sport is to play your neck.

Route to the Mira through the port of Peón

The route we are telling today is almost all of it circular and very little monotonous, enjoying practically all the slopes of the Mira and walking through very little frequented landscapes, especially in winter. This part from a small parking lot with a disused bus stop before the control of the Gredos Platform in Hoyos del Espino. In fact it is about 300 meters or so and has a capacity for about 10/12 cars. Here is a dirt track and a sign indicating the route to the port of Peón, a step that would take us to the towns of Arenal and the Hornillo.

Then we take this dirt track after passing a wooden fence and from here we can see the snowy mountains and at the end of the entire skirt of the Mira.


Route to the Mira through the port of Peón

This part of the road is really monotonous, running just over 2 kilometers along a wide dirt track that 4 × 4 vehicles could perfectly circulate. Later it becomes a road, but the landscape hardly changes even if it is called Covacha Gorge. We continue with a stream to our frank right that will accompany us until we begin the ascent to the port of Peón.


Route to the Mira through the port of Peón

After more than 5 kilometers traveled and at an altitude of around 2000m we reach the top of the port and begin to touch snow. Until now we had only found ice, strange at this time of year where the snow should be from 1800 meters high.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

From the port we take the road to our right, climbing a rocky ridge and overlooking the Robledillo ravine very nice. If they were more snow-laden the route along this slope could be really spectacular.

Curiously from the top of the port of the pawn we had to put on the crampons since the road we had to take was covered with snow and in turn completely frozen. A true skating rink.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

After reaching 2050m we had to descend following the path to a stream that flows very close to the Laguna del Cura. We began to climb again and the slope, although not very demanding, made us extremely careful because it was completely freezing and a fall could take us several hundred meters below.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

Once this section passed we could see the top of the Mira in the background and completely white. Now it's time to walk along a gentle slope until you reach the abandoned shelter of the Pelaos, practically without a roof.


Route to the Mira through the port of Peón

From here it would be enough to continue in a straight line to the top of the Mira, although before we would make a stop to enjoy the panoramic view of the Gredos Circus with the Almanzor presiding over it. Too bad there is so little snow in a year with very little rainfall in practically the whole country. Climate change things.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

And finally we reach its peak, after climbing a series of steps placed is a spice of tower. From here the views are magnificent and we can practically see all the Galayos, the mountains of Toledo, the Circo de Gredos, the Sierra de Bejar and the Sierra de Guadarrama.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

It was time to turn around and look for an alternative not to go back the same way. At the beginning we took the same path, passing again through the Pelaos Refuge, but after 300 meters we decided to go down our left side towards the Gorge of the Convents, a really beautiful place and where there are spectacular pools.


Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

The bad thing about going down here is that it is very oriented to the north and everything is practically frozen, like a rock. A false step and goodbye. I do not recommend it if you do not feel comfortable with crampons. Of course, going down here gives you the advantage of going through a network of icy waterfalls Of great beauty.


Route to the Mira through the port of Peón

After almost 15 kilometers of travel, leaving the stream that descends from the Gorge of the Convents On our right side, we will turn sharply to our left side at 1700 meters high (N40 ° 17,338 'W5 ° 10,837') to take a good shortcut, following some channels that have been built to divert part of the riverbed.


Route to the Mira through the port of Peón

We will go up to a small hill and cross the water channel twice until we reach the top of the hill and see below a cattle farm very close to the dirt track that we take at the beginning of the route and consequently, very close to Where we leave our vehicle.

Practical data Circular Route through the Mira de Gredos

When to go?

It can be done all year round but when it is snowy I only recommend it for experienced mountaineers.

How to get?

From the town of Holes of the Hawthorn we take the detour that indicates "Gredos Platform", easily visible since right next to it there is a statue with a mountain goat. Halfway we will see a covered bus stop where there are several parking spaces on the ground. Here we will leave the car. This place is 300 meters before the platform control.

What to wear

Being a winter route we must take our ice axes, crampons and helmet given the inclination of many points, as well as some delicate steps.

  • Long pants, thermal shirt and fleece
  • Hat and gloves
  • Primaloft, this garment is quite warm
  • Raincoat, Gore-Tex or third layer for wind or rain
  • Long boots and winter socks
  • Crampons and ice ax, the top may be frozen
  • Flashlight or frontal. The Black Diamond for example are excellent
  • Leggings if there is snow. Here is a good example of Leggings and eye with size.
  • Backpack of at least 30l
  • Trekking sticks
  • Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As GPS our recommendation is the Garmin GPSMAP 64

Where to sleep?

On the way we have no shelter, but there are several areas to bivouac. Camping is not allowed, let alone litter anywhere. However, if you place a shop at dusk and pick it up at dawn, you don't usually have problems.

Thanks

Thanks to my friend David for being the model in the photos.