OverviewA group of three main summits plus some lower needles having steep west faces varying from 100 to 500 meters from the bottom to the top of the wall and an easy east one. Between the summits you'll find gullies for getting down. The massif is settled in the steep and wild south side of the Gredos Range. That means no facilities of any kind, authentic adventure conditions.
There are a bunch of routes in this awesome group. First in April 1976 the climbers Antonio Javier Arteche, Jose Manuel Cebader, Jesus Cebader y Luis Martin set up the first route on the long west ridge of the central summit. A couple of months later a new route was set up over the west wall of a needle called Punta Elena. The route was named "Ñu" and was set up by the climbers Jose Mª Curiel, Antonio Fernández y Oscar Jiménez. In the nineties Quique Escalante y Alfonso Garmendia set up a new route in Punta Elena called "El Topónimo" following an excellent corner. Also in the nineties Javier Alonso climbed the west face of the central summit along different easy routes. Finally in october 2007 José Carlos Gómez-Menor and Carlos Cabeza write the last chapter of this never ended history, setting up a new route that challenges the main difficulties of the long west ridge to the central summit.
Getting ThereFirst you have to get to the village "El Raso". From Madrid drive west by the A-5 like 140 km till you get to Oropesa. From there drive north to the village called "Madrigal de la Vera". If you have time walk by the center of the village to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this region called "La Vera". Don't forget to enjoy their excellent meals and the "pitarra" wine.
Once you get to Madrigal de la Vera, head east along the C-501 towards Candeleda. Very close to Madrigal (300 mts.) you'll find the road to "El Raso" on your left.
From the village we have to get a dirty track which goes to some keltic ruins uphill called Castro Celta el Freillo. The track continues like four km. more till a place called "Puente Pinillo" where we will leave the car.
From the trailhead we'll walk down to the main stream called "Garganta Tejea" due to the existence, in some moment in the past, of yew trees (in spanish tejo, scientific nameTaxus bacatta ). Then we'll cross the stream by a good beam bridge, following the trail going up north along the west bank of the river and trying not to get lost due to the poor maintenance of these trails, built by the shepherds who used to spend the summers up in the mountains untill the last century, and because they no longer came over with their cattle, plants are taking over the trails, erasing old routes on these mountains.
You'll know that you are in the right path if you arrive to some old shepherds' huts almost completly ruined in this very keltic style, with a rounded base, and a conic roof covered with branches of the area bushes. These are known as "Los chozos del Tio Domingo" and now you'll have the mountain in front of you if you look to the east.
You'll spend walking to this place like one hour and thirty minutes or so and this is not a bad place to overnight.
Going from here to the base of the wall will take you like one more hour of walking and scrambling, and two hours or more if you climb to the summit by one of the gullies.