Madrid- The Millenary Yew Tree Trail

The thousand-year-old yew tree of the Sierra de Guadarrama, tucked away among the pines, has seen time go by – and so much, 1800 years – and if it could speak, it would have a thousand stories to tell. The best thing is that if we let ourselves go, breathing fresh air, walking along the paths of these places, it is possible to hear the whisper of the trees filling us with energy and life. This route will take us to the yew, grandfather of trees in the Iberian Peninsula, which is well worth a visit and will not leave you indifferent.

Our route runs through the Upper Lozoya Valley, wedged between the Carpetanos Mountains and the Sierra de la Cuerda Larga, all within the area of influence of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

Furthermore, we are in the Biosphere Reserve of the upper basins of the rivers Manzanares, Lozoya and Guadarrama.

We will pass by the stream of La Angostura, which will later take the name of Lozoya River, and we will walk along paths with very little traffic until we reach our precious gift:
El Tejo de Barondillo, an impressive specimen of Taxus baccata about 1,800 years old, one of the longest-living trees known in the Iberian Peninsula.

Once the route is finished we will go to the village of Rascafría, where a tasting of local products will be waiting for us.


8.5 miles

Elevation gain

382 yards



Trail type




Route Schedule

– 8:45: Arrival at the starting point of the route.

– 9:00 to 13:00: Hiking Route of the Millenary Yew Tree.

– 13:10: Visit to Rascafría and tasting of local products of the Sierra in a Gourmet shop.

– 14:30: End of services..

Important Information

There will be some explanatory stops during the tour.

We will do a hiking activity of about 8.5 miles, so the use of appropriate footwear for the terrain (hiking or mountain shoes-boots) is mandatory. It is also necessary to carry some kind of valid hydration, there are no fountains throughout the trail. Wear clothes suitable for the season. It is advisable to carry some food in your backpack: fruit, nuts, chocolate… whatever you need to boost your energy at any given moment.


What do we include in our routes?

Local guides, qualified and experts in all the activities.

-Several stops along the route for interpreting the landscape, wildlife and venegation, history, etc.

-All the activities described in the itinerary.


We design and guide trips and experiences. Some of our activities in Madrid can be combined with each other. For more information, please contact us.

Meeting point

Rest area M-604, km 35- 36. Direction Rascafría. (Second rest area as you come down from Cotos on your right).


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