We found the visitor center (walk up, up, up the hill for about a half hour) where we picked up a map and talked to the kind lady, and then we were on our way! We opted to do a 3 hour trail (from the trail head, but about 3.5 hours in reality) so that we could challenge ourselves and take in the views from the lookout points.
Then we found a nice road that took us all the way back down, but somehow ended up back on the trail that we had been on. It was fine, but a little bit steep and slippery! We found a herd of children…
We got back into the town with about 3 minutes to spare before the train pulled in to head back to Madrid. Perfect timing!!
This was a highly recommended quick trip out of Madrid if you’re looking for some intermediate hiking. Definitely wear appropriate clothes, you should be in reasonable shape, bring enough food, and bring water. Your options are very limited once you leave the train station!