|Follow the signs for "Puerto de la
Madera" and "Puerto de la Pez" (1560 m) uphill. The route
is well marked with white-yellow waymarks. After crossing the grassy
slope you emerge in a pine forest. Cinqueta de La Pez
flows on your right. Later you see the mountain of Baliner
in front of you. The path comes to a
track (14min) (1660 m). Turn left.
Before crossing a bridge over a rapidly flowing torrent fork off left
following the signs for "Puerto de la
Madera" and "Puerto de la Pez" (23min) (1705 m). The path
follows the torrent and crosses a brook later on (29min) (1725 m). When
(41min) (1790 m), the sign for "Puerto de la Pez" guides you
to the right. Keep right also at the next fork met almost immediately.
You cross a bridge (45min) (1765 m) and come to a fork (1h) (1790 m),
where you keep right. The path runs through the plain of "Vado de Bachimala".
At the next fork (1h04min) (1795 m), follow the sign for "Puerto de la Pez"
to the right. After crossing two wooden
bridges close to each other (1h08min) (1795 m),
begins a steep climb to the Paso del Gato. The torrent flows now on your
left below. During the ascent you cross a couple of brooks. From the top
of the crest (1h28min)
(1935 m) you descend gently to the plain of
Culfreda, and start walking
close to the water. Once you have passed a stone cottage (1h38min)
gorgeous waterfalls start to mark the landscape both in front and on
both sides of the route.
Walking across the plain you see beautiful boulders by the water.
After crossing a brook that descends from you right and originates from
a great waterfall (1h52min)
(1960 m) the path gets steeper. Climbing up the wet slope the waymarks
guide you over a torrent (2h09min) (2050 m) before you reach the
Circo de La Pez (2h20min) (2120 m), a semicircular clearing
surrounded by mountains. This is the springhead of the river Cinqueta de la Pez.
You cross the clearing and start a steep climb (2h32min) (2165 m)
towards the Puerto de La Pez. Follow the waymarks and piles of stones.
If a mist rising from the French side covers the crest, do not try to
tackle the summit. The narrow path crosses a couple of boulder
In some places it is so steep that you have to scramble. The
Puerto de la Pez (3h20min)
m) is a very narrow crest with superb views to the French side of the
border. On the Spanish side you see the rugged peaks of
Walking back the same way you can admire the mountains in front of
you - Macizo
de Posets, Picos de
Bagüeñola and Las
Rechanzás - before you reach the campsite (5h50min).