• 5 waterfalls in Madrid's Sierra Norte for a summer outdoors

    We invite you to discover the strength of the water in the Sierra Norte in Madrid and let the current take this time of confinement and bring us another full of positive changes and hope.

    When the river rings...

    The Sierra de Guadarrama, as well as the rest of the Central System, clearly delimits two hydrographic slopes, douro to the north and the Tagus to the South. So all the streams, rivers that run down the slopes of Madrid's Sierra Norte, become part of the Tagus basin. These rivers and streams on the southern or Madrid slope exercise, usually, a much greater erosive action than those of the northern or Segovian side, forming deeper canyons and ravines. This is due to, Mainly, to the difference in height between the two plateaus, while the average height of the South Plateau is about 650m, the North is about 900m above sea level, so it is the streams and rivers of the South slope that perform a more powerful erosive action by saving a higher slope and a longer route to reach the sedimentary basin.

    This fact makes the streams and rivers that cross the Sierra Norte de Madrid find fairly spectacular waterfalls and waterfalls, giving a note of movement and musicality to our mountain slopes.

    These waterfalls and waterfalls occur mostly in the ravines, the headwaters of the valleys and the high courses of the rivers, usually very inaccessible and isolated areas. Species that live in this environment, they need that tranquility and the purity of their waters in order to live. It is a very delicate and fragile medium, easily alterable, keep that in mind, be respectful, enjoys it with the greatest stealth and becomes aware of the strength of the water, that force that shapes life.

    Then, we encourage you to know some of these waterfalls or squirts that exist in the Sierra Norte in Madrid and that you can not miss:

    -Chorrera de los Litueros: At the northern end of the Sierra, in the town of Somosierra, you'll find this jump of water, one of the most spectacular in the entire Community of Madrid. The Chorrera de los Litueros owes its waters to the creek of the Caño, born on the slopes of the Three Provinces or Old Onion. The waters of the stream are boxed by the Peñas del Chorro, leading to a series of water jumps and a spectacular ponytail. This stream after joining its waters to those of the stream of the Pedrizas give rise to the birth of the Duratón River. From Somosierra go down the old N-I northbound, approximately 1km. Take the path that goes to our right.

    -Cancho Litero Waterfall: This hidden waterfall located northwest of the town of Villavieja, is perhaps the lesser known of those detailed here and gives us the opportunity to take a pleasant walk and enjoy its beauty in an atmosphere of absolute tranquility. Water from the Cancho Litero stream, running down the slope of the Carpetanos Mountains, forms a waterfall of about 10m falling whose waters spill over a wide pool. Getting to it is not easy, because the road is not signposted, we'll have to take the glen of the mill, and at the height of the Tagus Creek, deviate down a path marked with stone landmarks that will take us to the waterfall.

    – Chorrera de San Mamés: One of the most popular waterfalls in our Sierra is undoubtedly this squirt that can be seen even from the Burgos highway. This belongs to the stream of the Jet, a tributary of the Lozoya River. The plover drops its waters by a rocky highlight of some 30 meters and is at an altitude of 1.470 Masl. Its waters are present all year round, but it's in the thaw (late spring) when its flow rate is higher, hitting in free fall deafening the rocky area that supports its inclination. To access it we can do it through a path signposted both from San Mames and from Navarredonda or make a circular route that includes the chorrera and both populations.

    – Chorrera de Mojonavalle: perhaps the one that surrounds the most beautiful company. The roar of the fall of its waters is felt among the whiteness of the birch trunks, and the greenery of yjos, holly and pines that form this relict forest called the Birch of Canencia. The plover with a drop of about 30m owes its waters to the stream of the Sestil del Maillo which is born a little higher, on the slope of Perdiguera Peak. To access the chorrera you only have to follow the ecological path that starts from the Port of Canencia.

    -Purgatory Waterfall: Perhaps the most popular of the waterfalls of the Sierra Norte de Madrid. This waterfall, surrounded by the mystical atmosphere that gives it the proximity of the Monastery of El Paular, is a spectacular waterfall that forms the stream of the Aguilón due to the narrowing of the pharaohs that channel it. The route also offers us heritage attractions such as the Monastery itself or natural, like the Giner de los Ríos arboretum. A route for the family and suitable for any season of the year. To access the waterfall we will have to walk approximately 2h at a quiet pace, across a signposted road.


    What mad madness to fall in love with a river a mountain! So ended Gloria Fuertes her poem Lament on the mountain and so, we hope you'll be done when we meet again this summer around here, in love with the Sierra.

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