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River Pino and River Aller Gorges Trail
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River Pino and River Aller Gorges Trail (Central Asturias)
19 kms
On foot 6 h. 15 min.
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Access

Access to the starting point is via the AS-253, in El Pino.

Layout of the route
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A very difficult hike through the heart of the borough of Aller between El Pino and La Paraya

Summary River Pino and River Aller Gorges Trail

The trail starts in the village of El Pino, from where a track heads gently uphill leading to Peón Mill, a former mill now reconverted into a trout farm. At this point, take the track that crosses the river and heads upwards towards El Pino Gorges, through fields and areas abundant in native tree species.

Immediately after, you will come to a spring on your right, next to which is a path leading to a crossroads by the remains of an old hydroelectric power station. Take the path to the left here, crossing the river again over a stone bridge. This gorge is noted for its wild beauty.

At this point, you should take the track on the left which heads uphill to the south until leaving the gorges, where the track becomes a stone path carved into the rock.

At the end of the gorges, the landscape changes and the high mountain pastures appear.

This is where you take the path that bears left and, without crossing the river, head uphill for a short distance before taking the turning on the right leading to Caniecha and Vegarada. It is at this turning where you must choose which path to follow, as the one to the right leads to a place called La Cabritera, dotted with shrubland and broom shaded by a magnificent beech wood.

La Cabritera leads to Caniecha (Caniella), a high mountain meadow with two huts and a spring where you can rest. After passing the huts, a short climb takes you up Caniella Hill. This place is a beautiful vantage point offering views of peaks such as El Estobín, Puerta Faro, Redonda Crag, among others.

From here, head up to the nearby pass of the same name, which also offers beautiful views. The trail continues south towards La Mamergona, a flat area of pastures where there is a small shelter with a tap to get water.

Always heading south, after a short climb you come to El Cotarón, whose pass offers innumerable panoramic views. Back on the trail, another downhill climb between shrub and broom leads to Vega de la Reina. This is the highest point on the trail, right on the border between Asturias and León. You only need to take the track that heads north, leading down between the mountain meadows of Brañuela and Carbayalín to come to the village of Río Aller. From here the route continues along the road through the River Aller Gorges and ends in Paraya.

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Description El Pino - La Paraya

The trail starts in the village of El Pino, from where a track heads gently uphill leading to Peón Mill, a former mill now reconverted into a trout farm. At this point, take the track that crosses the river and heads upwards towards El Pino Gorges, through fields and areas abundant in native tree species.

Immediately after, you will come to a spring on your right, next to which is a path leading to a crossroads by the remains of an old hydroelectric power station. Take the path to the left here, crossing the river again over a stone bridge. This gorge is noted for its wild beauty.

At this point, you should take the track on the left which heads uphill to the south until leaving the gorges, where the track becomes a stone path carved into the rock.

At the end of the gorges, the landscape changes and the high mountain pastures appear.

This is where you take the path that bears left and, without crossing the river, head uphill for a short distance before taking the turning on the right leading to Caniecha and Vegarada. It is at this turning where you must choose which path to follow, as the one to the right leads to a place called La Cabritera, dotted with shrubland and broom shaded by a magnificent beech wood.

La Cabritera leads to Caniecha (Caniella), a high mountain meadow with two huts and a spring where you can rest. After passing the huts, a short climb takes you up Caniella Hill. This place is a beautiful vantage point offering views of peaks such as El Estobín, Puerta Faro, Redonda Crag, among others.

From here, head up to the nearby pass of the same name, which also offers beautiful views. The trail continues south towards La Mamergona, a flat area of pastures where there is a small shelter with a tap to get water.

Always heading south, after a short climb you come to El Cotarón, whose pass offers innumerable panoramic views. Back on the trail, another downhill climb between shrub and broom leads to Vega de la Reina. This is the highest point on the trail, right on the border between Asturias and León. You only need to take the track that heads north, leading down between the mountain meadows of Brañuela and Carbayalín to come to the village of Río Aller. From here the route continues along the road through the River Aller Gorges and ends in Paraya.