Almost without snow, with a little bit of ice from 1.900 m high.
It was only a 2 hours walk (1 h 10 min - ascent and 50 min - descent) between the most distant parking of Valverde de los Arroyos and Chorreras (waterfall) de Despeñalagua. The heat was strong but the cascade beautiful and Nadie, my friends and me enjoyed the trip
My brother Gabi and me started at the "Black Village" of "Majaelrayo" at 09h30am; reached Ocejoncillo at 11h15 and then the summit of Ocejón at 11h30am. Nobody in the route, a good day we finalized at 13h00 in Valverde del Arroyo where Suso was waiting for us with the car. We then took a beer to the celebrate and contemplate the beautiful Sierra.
Weather was nice, fields green and wind moderate.
I drove with Nadie to Valverde de los Arroyos (Guadalajara) from Siguero (Segovia). Parked my car at 1.250 m, below the village's parking because they were full. We started at 2 PM, walked on the road, past Valverde de los Arroyos and took the trail that leads to Chorreras. When aproaching the fall I noticed that we'd past the trail that climbs over it, so we took a short cut to the upper path. Past Chorrera and reached a little meadow near the confluence of Arroyo de la Pineda with other streams. We had lunch there, put shell jackets and pants on and continued the ascent. Left the pinewood to the left and soon it started to rain. We'd gone into the cloud that covered the mountain. Nadie was worried about it but I never felt that we were runing a risk, so I encouraged her to continue. The fog mad seeing further than 60 m impossible. We put a rock signposting the trail, left Ocejoncillo to the right, reach the col between Ocejón and Ocejoncillo and reached the top at 4:45 PM. Took two summit photos, drank and ate something and started the descent in the same trail. After passing the rock that we'd put, we lost the trail a little but we had no troubles for finding the trail again. It stopped raining a little but when we were approaching Valverde de los Arroyos it started to rain again. Past the village and reached my car at 7:10 PM. Tmin = 3ºC / 37F
I approached by car with 4 friends, 2 men and 2 women, and parked on Collado de Soria (1.420 m). We left it at 1:30 pm and hiked along the forest trail that leads to Cabeza de Mostajar, passed the ruins of an ancient slaty shack (200 m from the col), went through a young pinewood where the forest trail becomes a path. Then we started to ascend the endless SW slope of Cabeza del Mostajar (1.839 m) dodging the fields of rock roses that make the path difficult to follow. There is a slaty shack at 1.605 m that could be used as bivouac for a person in case of storm, we did a short stop there. Went along a dirty fire-lane between an oakwood and a pinewood, just at the beginning of the interminable slope. Once on the top of this hill we had a rest while taking lunch 1 h 20 min. We finished the meal with a nice coffee.
After 1 h 10 min we pushed forward leaving a rocky ridge to the left and started to climb the final steep slope that leads to the summital comb. There is a 2 meter tall cairn until the true summit, wich is signed by a survey point (2.049 m). 3 h 30 min. There were more climbers on the top but we took rest for 40 min while beeing under the sun burning ourselves, the weather was very nice the whole day with temperatures over 14 ºC all the time. Sometimes they were high, near to 30 ºC under the sun, so wore few clothes. The wind was slight even on the top and there was no snow anywhere in the mountain.
The descent was by the same route having only one considerable stop (10 min) to rest a little 5 h 10 min. 6 h 10 min after the start we were at Collado de Soria again. Then we drived back to Campillejo where we celebrated the ascent with some drinks, soft ;-) When returning we stoped to see the hermitage called Ermita de los Enebrales, until Tamajón. We had some traffic that day because of the holiday in Madrid. I took some photos of the hike so I'll submit some of them nextly.
The approach was by car to Collado de Soria, the forest trail was dry and free of snow. It starts at Campillejo, either at the entry or at the end of the village. It climbs for 6 Km, through a pinewood, to the SW ridge of Ocejón between Cabeza de Mostajar and Loma Lorente, to the col called Collado de Soria (1.420 m). I left it alone at 3:05 pm and hiked along the forest trail that leads to Cabeza de Mostajar, passed the ruins of an ancient slaty shack (200 m from the col), went through a young pinewood where the forest trail becomes a path. Then I started to ascend the endless SW slope of Cabeza del Mostajar (1.839 m) dodging the fields of rock roses that make the path difficult to follow. There is a slaty shack at 1.605 m that could be used as bivouac for a person in case of storm. I went along a dirty fire-lane between an oakwood and a pinewood, just at the beginning of the interminable slope. Once on the top of this hill I had a rest while taking lunch. 1h 10'
After 30' it become to be a little cold because of the time, the light wind and the patches of snow that covered the final part of the mountain. I pushed forward leaving a rocky ridge to the left. Passed some patches of hard snow in the shadow and started to climb the final steep slope that leads to the summital comb. There is a 2 meter tall cairn until the true summit, wich is signed by a survey point (2.049 m). 2 h 10'
It was too easy for me so I decided to descend to Ocejoncillo (1.940 m), wich is a subsidiary peak of Ocejón. There was some ice onto the rocks and the snow that covered the trail was hard, but there was no need of crampons (2 h 30') I took some photos and climbed up to the cairn placed almost at the same height as Ocejón (2 h 45').
The descent was by the same route having some stops to wraping myself and taking some more pics. The temperature had lowed to 0 ºC when I reached Cabeza del Mostajar (3 h 10'), and the sun was setting. The sights of Sierra de Ayllón (covered by snow) and Sierra Pobre were wonderful because of the red coulour of the sunset. 4 h after the start I was in my car again, just at twilight so I had no need of using my headlamp. The weather had been nice and sunny, and I see no people in all the time that I was on the mountain. Also I've had eared the bark of roe deers in two occasions.
That month of August 1996 I did a lot of mountaneering. I remember one super dry and hot friday of August driving to Majaelrayo hiking up to the summit and back at home for an early dinner. It is rare to find people going up this mountain.
I solo climbed this nice route from Valverde de los Arroyos in a warm day. I started in the afternoon to avoid high temperatures but had temperatures near 30 ºC when hiking towards Barranco (cliff) de la Pineda. I had trouble finding the route first because I went out of the trail and the schrubs stopped me. So I had to advance barefoot through Arroyo (creek) de la Pineda in order to avoid the brambles. The trail goes a hundred meters above on the SE slopes of Campo (1.921 m / 6,302 ft). Then I crossed the stream and went through schrubs up Loma (hill) de la Pineda. Finally I reached the trail on the NW flank of Ocejón and summited. The descent was via this face, Barranco de la Pineda and Chorreras (waterfalls) de Despeñalagua. I wore my headlamp the last hour until I reached my car on village's parking.
I might have climbed this mountain at least 6 times. However until mid 90s I didn't know Ocejón. The first time I reached the summit was by this route, solo, in April. I had trouble finding the trail that leads to Cabeza de Mostajar (1.839 m / 6,033 ft), a neighbouring hill S of Ocejón, because of schrubs. But these are usual when climbing this summit. I remind many puddles on the forest trail when approaching Collado by car. So it should be snowy up on the mountain.
The last time I've attempted this mountain was in July, 2002. I wanted to climb another peak in Sierra de Ayllón but circumstances did I went to Ocejón. The ascent was quick because I had not much time and the weather was nice with warm temperatures.