Last Sunday we decided to visit Siete Picos, so we took the train to Puerto de Navacerrada and headed up towards the highest of the Seven Peaks..for some the Seventh, for others the First. It’s a relatively easy hike from the Navacerrada Pass, the weather was fine, sunny but not too hot, and we were not surprised to meet people on this popular route. And meet people we did..from the Cerro del Telégrafo area there were several groups of people and particularly family groups. Mainly single families with one or two kids over the age of five to six. But also a couple of multi-family groups with a flock of young ones. Also a few families with older children and adolescents. And at least two parents with a small child in a kid carrier.
And so it went..all the way to the top of Siete Picos, family come, family go..family on the up, family on the down. When you reach the top, there’s a final scramble to attain the summit of the highest peak. We pointed out the easiest way up to a father with his keen adolescent daughter. They were coming down when i reached the trig point with my four-year-old son, all roped up. Another family with two young kids was on their way up. And as we headed down a multi-family group with several kids including a little one in baby carrier was on their way up. We began to wonder if it was some kind of organized event, a quedada of sorts, for families that no-one had told us about..? On the way back down towards Navacerrada, you guessed it, still more families were hiking up..including a family with Daddy carrying an infant certainly under twelve months in a frontal carrier.
In total we estimated between thirty and forty families on Siete Picos that day. Peeps definitely gettin’ out there with their kids!