Corocho de rocigalgo
El chorro, corocho rocigalgo, la calanchera
We will follow the CM-4155 road, towards Robledo de Buey, taking the Camino de las Becerras about 9 km from Navalucillos. After about 5 km of track and after passing through the Recreational Area of Las Becerras, we will arrive at an information booth and parking at the beginning of the route of the Chorro and Rocigalgo.
At the information booth we take some information and provide us with a leaflet about the route. We start walking on the same track that we brought, which from here is closed to traffic.
Ascent to the corocho de rocigalgo roof de
After picking me up in Madrid, the team from Soria arrived yesterday in the town of Los Navalmorales in Toledo shortly before 20.00, just before the supermarket closed to buy something. After a stroll through the village, we received the team from Burgos at 21.30 at the hostel where we have stayed. Dinner, room and at 7.00 we were already having breakfast, which we also did quickly.
Once this forest track is finished, we have to turn left, by some stairs that, luckily, go up. Actually, not much explanation is necessary because the route is very well marked and there is almost no way to get lost.
What is worth explaining is the great attraction of this route and, in general, of this chain so little known as the Montes de Toledo. I also think we were lucky that the car broke down, because those June days were very hot and we have already been told that the influx of hikers is always usual except in the summer months because of those temperatures.
Ascent to corocho de rocigalgo
It is surrounded by a Mediterranean forest where holm oaks, poplars and oak trees predominate, with shrubby undergrowth of rockrose, broom and ferns. At higher altitudes the meadows and granitic rocks prevail.
The most abundant animal on the slopes of the mountain is the deer, but also include wild boar, roe deer and many birds of prey, some as the protected Iberian imperial eagle nests here.
Its main geographical importance lies in the fact that this is the roof of the province of Toledo and one of the highest altitudes of the Montes de Toledo, surpassed only by the Villuercas Peak, in the province of Cáceres.
Ceiling of toledo: corocho or rocigalgo peak (1,449 m).
We return to the path. As we gain altitude, the presence of melojo or rebollo oak increases. We leave the forest. To our back the Sierra del Botijo looms, further on we will be able to see the Sierra del Horno behind it. The slopes of the ravine are dotted with colorful rocky outcrops of quartzite.
(5.4 Km.) The path runs along some ledges that served in the past as shelter for goatherds and animals. The vertical cuts of the strata and the variety of colors of the rock are striking, intense ochre and red, where the green of the lichens stands out strongly. It does not present more difficulty this section of little more than 100m. that the possibility of slipping with the wet rock. The steps are wide enough.
(7.1 km.) We cross the stream and continue climbing through a beautiful and dense oak forest. The density of trees and foliage filter the sun creating a nice light. It is also appreciated to walk a while in the shade.
(14.4 Km.) Viewpoint of the Pusa River. In the valley you can see the Chorro stream, a tributary of the Frio river. A little farther on we can see the hilly reliefs where Los Navalucillos are located. On winter days with good visibility you can see the snowy peaks of the Central System, from the Sierra de Gredos to the Sierra de Guadarrama. Today they are not distinguishable.