Immediately after taking the narrow asphalt road downhill (885 m),
you see a sign for "Pido PR-PNPE-26; Las Ilces; Cosgaya". When the road
forks, follow the white-red-yellow waymark to the left, down on a
concrete lane. After crossing a
bridge (4min) (880 m) you continue along
a path to the village of
Pido located at the foot of the Sopeña Mediana
(9min) (920 m).
At the first fork, you follow the waymark to the right. At the second
fork, the sign for "Las Ilces" guides you to the left to a track, and at
the following fork, the waymark points to the right. When the track
forks again, you follow the waymark to the left, and straight after
that, you branch off right to an ascending track (10min) (970 m), and
find soon the waymarks.
When you reach a
junction (16min) (1010 m) follow the sign for "Las Ilces" to the left. Lined by beeches and oaks the track snakes its way
gently uphill. Ignore all sidetracks.
At the end of the gorge of Arroyo Pielga (50min) (1085 m) you cross the
river. The track
bends sharp left and starts to slope gently down along the other margin
on the gorge. Soon you encounter an information panel presenting the
flora and fauna of the region.
You cross a number of swiftly flowing brooks. On your left the valley
is bordered by
the Pico de Valdecoro, the
Avenas. looking southwest you see the
You come to a fork at the El Matu (1h20min) (970 m), and follow the "Las Ilces" sign
to the left, accompanied by the Penalba
river. From now on the route is marked
with white-yellow waymarks. The track descends to the CA-185 (1h37min)
(800 m). On the other side of the road you see a concrete road with a waymark and the "Las Ilces" sign. Take this road and keep left at the
forks following the waymarks. On your way you encounter a sign for "Espinama"
(1h41min) (830 m) and continue straight ahead. In front of you rises the
and on your left the Coriscau.
Higher up the waymark guides you to the left to a path (2h01min) (980 m). Later the path widens to a narrow track. You keep ascending still
for a while along this main track ignoring all side tracks. When the
track bends sharp left
(2h11min) (1000 m) be careful not to continue
straight ahead to another track. The steep and wet
track goes through a
gate to the CA-185 (2h30min) (870 m). Follow the road back to the west
side of Espinama