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Collado de Llesba - Coriscau - Collado de Llesba





Map for the route (ED50)


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How to get there: Driving on the N-621 to Puerto San Glorio, turn on a narrow asphalt road signposted to "Collado de Llesba" close to the kilometer post 122. The road ends after 2 km. (Roadmap)

Distance: 3h/10km

At the end of the road, on its left hand side (1680 m), you see a sign for "Coriscau". Follow the sign to a grassy path that ascends gently along the hilly crest.

The surrounding mountain landscape encompasses in front the Sierra Mediana with Coriscau as the highest peak; on your right, the Central massif of Picos de Europa coronated with the Peña Vieja; behind you, the Peña Llesba, and in the south the Peña del Portillo de Las Yeaguas.  Looking down you see the valley of Camaleño with its villages.

Later the path starts to run along the left flank of the crest (32min) (1875 m) opening up an extensive view over the Portillo del Boquerón to the numerous mountain ranges. Behind, on the other side of the Puerto San Glorio rise the Peña Prieta. On your right, the path is lined by colourful rockwalls.

Once you have gone round the crest, a vast plain spreads out in front of you (58min) (1950 m). The path ascends gently through the plain towards the mountain of Coriscau. From the foot of the mountain (1h08min) (2020 m) starts a steep climb in zigzag. During the ascent you enjoy views over the Pass of Llesba, all the way to the  Peña Sagra, and to the southern mountains of Cantabria.

From the top (1h34min) (2235 m) you see all three massifs of Picos de Europa - Macizo Oriental, Macizo Central and Macizo Occidental. Some of the hghest peaks of the Central Massif are the Peña Remoña, Torre del Llambrión and Peña Vieja. In the west, the Cantabrian mountains reach as far as you can see.

Return the same way back to Llesba (3h).

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