Sunday, June 10, 2012

La Robliza (2.227 m) Picos de Europa

Hikes in the Picos de Europa National Park.


Departing point:  Lake Ercina  1.108 m
Loop: No
Time: 4 hours one way

The Route:

La Robliza (2.227 m) is located in the Cornion, the western part of the beautiful Picos de Europa National Park.
We had read different opinions about the difficulty of the long ridge of loose rock that leads to the top and decided it was time to go and see for ourselves.
The ascension from the lake Ercina (1.108 metros) is a long day hike.
There are some parts of the route where orientation is really a problem if fog occurs. This may happen very quickly and without warning.
You don't have to be a mountain climber to reach the summit. However, a good portion of mountain experience will be useful.

The route

From the parking lot, walk along the Lake Ercina towards the small stream coming from the North.

 Follow the path upwards, close to the stream and enter the narrow valley that leads to " la Majada del Toyu"  and then “la Vega el Paré”, the remaining of an ancient lake.

Majada del Toyu

Vega el Paré from Majada Toyelly

Turn northwest (right) and upwards crossing the Majada el Toyellu (drinking fountain) and follow northward through the long and chaotic” Camperas de Jaces” and  “Joos de Carbanal” until you reach the “Vega de la Aliseda (1.800m)”.The route is mostly cairned and you'll be able to follow the path in most places, easy to see in sunny days and with a very difficult orientation with fog.

La Robliza
Picos de los Cabrones

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La Robliza
Vega de Aliseda y Verdelluenga

Once in the Vega de la Aliseda, we can see a first range of mountains that hide our goal. From right to left we can see the group of "Torre de los Cabrones, LaVerdelluenga and more”.
We have to look to the East and try to find the pass“Collado de los Tiros” between those two mountains and look for the easiest way to get there. The route is partly cairned, and a vague path can be followed.

La Robliza
Verdelluenga and Collado los Tiros

Collado los Tiros (2.060 m)

From the “Collado de los Tiros (2.060m)”, we first see La Robliza, with the beautiful ridge between the “collado Llambredas” and the summit that attracks us as like a magnet.

La Robliza

We can also see the huge depression known as “el Joon”

La Robliza

The top of “La Verdelluenga - 2.129” only a few meters far to the East, so you may optionally climb it by a short scramble through the small gully that leads to the peak.

La Robliza

We continue West, La Verdelluenga and Collado los tiros behind us,

 looking for the best way to get to a small path that lead us to the Collado Lambredas (2.094m).

La Robliza

Once in the Collado, a number of peaks appear:

 Tiro de la Llera, Piedra Lluenga, El Torco, Peña Santa.

Looking east, we can see the whole ridge to the peak, It is more like a scramble but losing the correct path you can end up in much steeper terrain.

La Robliza

We began the ascent of the ridge carefully, trying not to cause rockfall and keeping close to the ridge and always on the North face of the peak.

La Robliza

Just before the summit we have to stick to the ridge to top out on the ridge close to the summit cairn.
We may define it as easy climbing on loose rock. However, the last part has some points which some might consider exposed.

La Robliza

The summit also offer superb views towards the mountains in the Cornion Massif, and also the ones in the Central Massif or Urrieles.

La Robliza

Peña Blanca

El Tiro de la Llera, Torre del Alba

La canal Verde, los cabritos

Central Massif, and Torrecedo, (highest peak in Picos de Europa)

Down there, The Cares River.

Piedra Lluenga, Tiro de la llera, Torre del Alba , and behind them,  Peña Santa, El Torco and Torre de Enol

La Robliza

El Cuvicente

The whole ridge as seen from above, we downclimbed it carefully following the same route

La Robliza

La Robliza

Once in the Collado Llambreda, a last view to this beautiful peak.

La Robliza

Back to the car following the same route.

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