Fuente Dé seen from Mirador de Cable. Fuente Dé is in Spain’s Cantabria province.
n. b. fog/low cloud can make a sudden, chilling appearance on any day so take warm gear and water with you and NEVER LEAVE THE TRACK in foggy conditions.
• PR-PNPE 24, Puertos de Áliva, 4. 25 hours. This is the simplest route with the least amount of gradient and a wide, flat path that is mainly downhill. It is a 14. 5 km circular route down to Espinama or back to Fuente Dé.
After a short uphill stretch on the (only) track from the teleferico (vaguely visible on the right of the photo in light brown), these three trails separate at the base of that peak, Olvidada, after about 20 minutes.
An hour’s walk from the teleferico there is a hotel/restaurant/bar that may be of some assistance, Refugio/Hotel de Áliva.
• PR-PNPE 23, Horcados Rojos, 4. 5 hours. More challenging is the 11.5 km Horcados Rojos (there-and-back route to Mirador) that is simple to follow, takes about 4/5 hours return and boasts a brilliant panoramic view over the Picos at 2, 343m.
BUT the last hour or so to get there is a quite tough struggle up a slippery, stony path. There is a mountain refuge called Cabaña Veronica near Pico Tesorero with a capacity for six people. Owned by the Cantabrian Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing it is equipped with food, a gas stove and first aid kit but no water.
• PR-PNPE 22, Peña Oviedo, 4 hours. The 14. 6 km hike to Mogrovejo is downhill just about all the way. It takes just over 4 hours and apart from expansive mountain views, passes by the Áliva hotel/cafeteria and ventures through some forest and visits a series of Neolithic burial mounds near Peña de Oviedo.
Remember that it’s downhill all the way but somehow you have to get back to your car/home/hostal. We did not do this walk and online information is unclear so check locally before setting off!
Ruta del Cares is the ultimate Picos de Europa walk but is NOT from here, it’s from Poncebos