Route from the Barranca to the Maliciosa (Classic Route)


One of the most classic routes of the Sierra de Guadarrama, next to the ascent to the Peñalara, is the route from the Barranca to the Malicious. It is one of the busiest routes, but also more complete and that every lover of this mountain will sooner or later have to undertake it.

From the Barranca to the Malicious

Leaving from the parking of the Barranca

In the skirt of the World Ball and the Malicious is the popular Barranca Valley, ideal point to ascend to La Maliciosa, with 2,227m. The parking is accessed by the M-607, not far from the town of Navacerrada.

From the summit of the Malicious
Departure to the Malicious

The Barranca car park is a place where many people gather to spend a family day in the pine forest or to ascend to the Ball of the world as well as the Malicious one. The route starts from the same parking lot, leaving a small right reservoir and going up one forest track that almost does not show the summit of the mountain, but if a circuit of zip line Not far from the parking lot. From La Barranca to La Maliciosa, calculate a route of about 2 hours and a cumulative slope of about 900 meters.

Campanilla Fountain

There is a point on the road where the track is left behind to start following a narrow path between the trees and is usually followed by people as it goes directly to one of the most visited points of the route, the so-called Campanilla Fountain. a classic of the place and that for many is its end point on this route.

Road signs

The route is easy to follow, which although it is not strictly indicated, you can always follow the white / yellow marks painted on the trees, not easy to see at times but that are almost always present.

Towards the Piornal Hill

After the Fuente de la Campanilla begins to clear the road and a large pedrera appears, which makes the road more complex, slower, but at the same time more beautiful, since you can see practically the entire valley. In this section you can see on the right the Vulture Rope and in the background, as a false top, the Piornal pass, at 2,074m, the hill that accesses to the top of the Malicious.

Ascension to the Malicious
The Malicious

Ascension to the Malicious

From the Piornal pass both the Malicious and the World Ball can be accessed. Once in this one, you take the path that goes to the right, which is the one that goes to the summit of the Malicious. If you go to the left you will access the World Ball and to the Circular Route of the Malicious.

Views from the Malicious
Winter Summit of the Malicious

Going up in the direction of the Malicious is taking unevenness little by little, especially as you get closer to the top. From La Barranca to Malicosa it takes around 2h to reach the top and returns along the same path to complete the route in less than 4h.

Practical data

How to get?

To reach the Port of Cotos there are several ways. In car, by the Port of Navacerrada taking the M-607 road or Rascafría, or by train from Cercedilla (line C9).

Recommended reading

Here are two guides that bring together 50 routes of the Sierra de Guadarrama and Gredos. Totally recommended.

  • Rother's Sierra de Gredos
  • Sierra de Guadarrama de Rother

What clothes and material to wear in summer?

  • Oilskin or third layer for wind or rain
  • Backpack of at least 30l
  • Trekking sticks
  • Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As a GPS, our recommendation is Garmin GPS 64
  • Summer slippers, cut if possible
  • Shorts and short sleeve t-shirt
  • Polarized sunglasses and cap
  • Sun protection, water in quantity and snacks

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