Sierra de Gredos, a hike to the glacial lake

My previous post was about the stunning Valle del Jerte during the cherry blossom. The valley sits on the western end of Sierra de Gredos, the main mountain range in Central Spain. Its highest point is the Almanzor peak (2,592m) and it boasts a glacial cirque with a beautiful lake. I was probably 9 years old when I did the hike for the first time with my parents and my grandfather. It was time to do it again.

Snowed path in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

It was early spring (the cherry trees had already blossomed!) but there was still plenty of snow around. The hike from the parking lot to the lake is about 2,5-3 hours long. It’s not very steep although the path is quite rocky at times.

Snowed path in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

That day it was sunny and hot, and the effort was all worth it, particularly when the frozen lake was within reach.

Iced lake in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

Once by the lake, it was time to rest and had lunch. It was such a glorious day for hiking.

Hiker legs resting by iced lake in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

Apart from the mountains, the other big attraction of Sierra de Gredos is the Iberian Ibex, or Spanish Wild Goat, a species that only remains in Sierra de Gredos.

Wild goat in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

It’s not that difficult to spot them all around, particularly on a quiet day as the one I chose. They are beautiful creatures.

Wild goat in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

You can see my full gallery here: Sierra de Gredos