The first part of this route to the Portillo de las Yeguas is a
little bit difficult to follow (See the
From the parking place (1595m) you take an uphill track, which forks
in a minute. Follow the white-yellow waymark to the left. Also at the
next fork you go left (6min) (1620m), although this track is marked
with a white-yellow cross.
The track leads to the
pasture of Vega de Tama, where you go through
a gate (11min) (1615m). When the
track ends, continue across the
uphill, diagonally to the left (30min) (1690m), to another steeply
track (36min) (1735m), which comes to a crest (46min) (1820
m). Looking right you see a grassy trail leading towards the lowest
point of the crest of Los Campanarios. Ascending along this trail you
enjoy a nice view over the
Collado de Llesba to the Picos de Europa.
When you reach Los Campanarios (1h03min) (1930m), you see
Peña Prieta in front, left from Altares. Take a
path marked with piles of stones to the left. The path leads uphill and
boulders to the Portillo de las
Yeguas (1h20min) (2065m). Just before reaching it, you pass a little
terrace with a beautiful view over the
Puerto San Glorio to the
Picos de Europa.
From the pass a clear
path continues along the slope of the
Alto de Naranco opening a view to the
Naranco.When you come to a
junction (1h36min) (2100m), go right. The
path leads to the charming
plain of the Collado del Robadorio where it bends
up right. On top of
the hill you find a high
column of stones
(1h51min) (2155m), and have a
view over the
valley of Puertos de Río Frío.
Shortly after begins a steep ascent towards the top of
before you reach the top, you have to climb over some boulders. From the
(2390m) the path goes on along the crest of
Cubil del Can towards the
de las Tres Provincias.
On your way you enjoy marvellous views to Peña Prieta on your left and to the needle like
pillars of the Agujas de Cardaño with the Peña Espigüete
on the background. On the right hand side of the pillars rises the
of the Pico de las Lomas.
top of the Mojón
de Tres Provincias (2h55min) (2500m), the border mountain of the
three provinces of Cantabria, Leon and Palencia, you enjoy a great
mountain panorama. Looking to the southeast you see
highest mountain in Palencia, and the
lakes of the
Laguna de Fuentes Carrionas. In the southwest you
recognize the Agujas de Cardaño, Pico de
las Lomas, Pico Murcia and Peña Espigüete. In the
north rise the Picos de Europa. Down in the valley you see the
lake of Pozos de los Altares.
The last part of the route to the top of Peña Prieta is clearly visible from the
Mojón de Tres Provincias. First the path descends to a
pass between the two mountains
(3h05min) (2445m) and ascends then to the
crest of Peña Prieta
(3h22min) (2530m), where you turn left to the top of
(3h24min) (2540m). The view encompasses numerous mountain ranges, among which
you see again
Alto de Cubil del Can and
Picos de Europa.
Looking down you see the
Pozos de los Altares.
Return on the same way back to Puerto San Glorio (6h40min).