Top three reasons to go trail running in the Guadarrama Mountains
Trails available for runners of all experience and fitness levels
World-class trail running routes at only an hour away from Madrid
Experience Guadarrama National Park’s natural wonders and breathtaking scenery
Sierra de Guadarrama is one of the world’s premier trail running destinations. This 150,000 acre mountainous National Park is full of excellent natural paths, some of which were created by local villagers decades ago. The tracks form a complex network of hundreds upon hundreds of miles of amazing trails through beautiful rivers, meadows, and pinewood forests, most of which can be combined to create your ideal route. Beginner-friendly routes, such as the Cancho de Los Muertos trail, offer relatively flat terrain, following the scenic Manzanares river through European black pine forests, flax-leaved daphnes, and topped lavender. The more advanced trails like Cuerda Larga run along Guadarrama’s summits with magnificent panoramic views of the Lozoya valley. Guadarrama’s countless ancient paths are just waiting to be explored. Bring your trail running shoes for an adventure you won’t soon forget!
Madrid is 1 hour away from the Guadarrama Mountains
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A Half-Day Trail Running Tour in Madrid
Experience some of Spain’s most beautiful natural landscapes on this 3-4 hour trail running tour in the Guadarrama Mountains near Madrid. Let an experienced local guide take you on a 9-15 mile (15-25 km) run in some of the greatest mountain trails in the world. Your guides will pick you up at your accommodation, help you choose a trip that’s ideal for your skill level, and take you straight to the trails. Get ready for a morning or afternoon of unforgettable outdoor recreation!
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Things to know
Covid measures in the Guadarrama Mountains, Spain
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Guadarrama Mountains, Spain, please refer to Madrid’s official tourism website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local trail running guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half-day of trail running
- Transportation from Madrid to the trailhead and back
- Accident and Liability Insurance
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Madrid
- Accommodations in Madrid
- Food and drinks (optional picnic pack available for 15€ per person upon request)
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about trail running in the Guadarrama Mountains is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. However, trail running is inherently a physically demanding activity, so even the easiest routes require a decent level of fitness. The beginner routes are simple and relatively flat runs, while the more advanced routes are longer, include more inclines and more complex terrain. You will be running through varied terrain for approximately 3-4 hours. Your guide will make sure that the running pace is adapted to your individual capabilities.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Light running daypack
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Light snacks/energy bars
- Trail running shoes
- Trail running clothing
- Spare clothes for layering
- Sun hat
- Dry/casual sportswear and shoes to change into after running
- Waterproof and windproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Sports sunglasses
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Trail running in Guadarrama can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
- The tour isn’t suitable for children under 10 years old.
If your group has trail runners under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Guadarrama National Park, most people fly into Madrid–Barajas Airport near Madrid. From there, you can take a cab, train, bus or ride the metro to Madrid. The park is about an hour away from Madrid.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at Hotel Abba, your hotel or accommodation in Madrid, or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.