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Torre de Santa María
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Torre de Santa María (Eastern Asturias)
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Climb 4 h. 25 min.
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Pan del Carmen is located very near El Pozo del Alemán, where there is a dirt track that comes from the crossroads of Les Veleres (km point 12 on the CO-4 Covadonga-Los Lagos road).

Layout of the route

In Pan del Carmen, the hike begins towards the Vegarredonda shelter along the wide dirt track heading uphill between beech trees

Summary Torre de Santa María

In Pan del Carmen, the hike begins towards the Vegarredonda shelter along the wide dirt track heading uphill between beech trees after crossing the bridge over the Pomperi Stream. The hike continues between mountain meadows and stone huts towards Collada Gamonal col (1,450 m) from where you can see a skyline traced by the outline of El Cornión Range. You then reach the Vegarredonda shelter, at 1,500 m, where you can fill your canteens.

The hike continues to Ordiales Scenic Balcony, taking the path to the left that runs southward past the old shelter and through the succession of fields to be found from Cuerri Benita to Llampa Cimera. You then come to another fork in the track with a yellow marking on a stone, indicating that you need to continue the hike to La Mazada (2,040 m). El Requexón, La Torrezuela and Enmedio rise up nearby.

The path heads eastward below Las Cebolladas and above the Prieta spring crowning the great Jou Lluengu cirque. The Park path ends here. A path marked with "jitos" (cairns) -small piles of stones used by mountaineers to indicate the path- continues further eastward towards Vega Huerta. You then start the not too pleasant climb up through the scree that leads to the summit of the saddle known as Horcada de Santa María (2.360 m).

From this peculiar balcony, you can peer into the Jou Santu cirque surrounded by jagged peaks. Torre de Santa María is northeast of where you currently are, so you now take the normal route of ascent which starts a few metres below. You have to climb a ridge and then steadily ascend Peña Rubia crevasse, which you climb diagonally until reaching the summit gap. You then head slightly downhill to the north face, where you continue along a marked gully leading to the summit (2,478 m). As a reward for your efforts, you can enjoy the most rugged landscape in southern Europe in all its magnitude.

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Description Pan del Carmen - Torre de Santa María

In Pan del Carmen, the hike begins towards the Vegarredonda shelter along the wide dirt track heading uphill between beech trees after crossing the bridge over the Pomperi Stream. The hike continues between mountain meadows and stone huts towards Collada Gamonal col (1,450 m) from where you can see a skyline traced by the outline of El Cornión Range. You then reach the Vegarredonda shelter, at 1,500 m, where you can fill your canteens.

The hike continues to Ordiales Scenic Balcony, taking the path to the left that runs southward past the old shelter and through the succession of fields to be found from Cuerri Benita to Llampa Cimera. You then come to another fork in the track with a yellow marking on a stone, indicating that you need to continue the hike to La Mazada (2,040 m). El Requexón, La Torrezuela and Enmedio rise up nearby.

The path heads eastward below Las Cebolladas and above the Prieta spring crowning the great Jou Lluengu cirque. The Park path ends here. A path marked with "jitos" (cairns) -small piles of stones used by mountaineers to indicate the path- continues further eastward towards Vega Huerta. You then start the not too pleasant climb up through the scree that leads to the summit of the saddle known as Horcada de Santa María (2.360 m).

From this peculiar balcony, you can peer into the Jou Santu cirque surrounded by jagged peaks. Torre de Santa María is northeast of where you currently are, so you now take the normal route of ascent which starts a few metres below. You have to climb a ridge and then steadily ascend Peña Rubia crevasse, which you climb diagonally until reaching the summit gap. You then head slightly downhill to the north face, where you continue along a marked gully leading to the summit (2,478 m). As a reward for your efforts, you can enjoy the most rugged landscape of southern Europe in all its magnitude.