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The Saliencia Lakes Trail
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The Saliencia Lakes Trail (Central Asturias)
14 kms
On foot 4 h. 30 min. (Each way)
Difficulty
Access

Take the AS-15 towards Cangas del Narcea. On reaching Samartín, take the AS-227 towards Pola de Somiedo and, after passing La Riera, as soon as you can, take the SD-1 to Saliencia to finally join up with the SO-2 to Alto de la Farrapona.

Layout of the route

A fairly easy hike between Collado de la Farrapona Pass and Valle de Lago in the borough of Somiedo.

Summary The Saliencia Lakes Trail

The trail begins at the pass known as Alto de la Farrapona, on the border between Asturias and León, where it heads downhill, offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Upper Saliencia Valley and leading to La Cueva Lake, whose water has been coloured by spills from the mine that used to exist in the surrounding area.

Follow the mine track steeply uphill until it passes La Mina Pond, which is dry in the summer months. You will soon see Cerveriz meadow and the lake of the same name on the left. Los Albos (2,109 m) can be seen in the distance.

Retrace your steps and continue on towards Vega de Camayor meadowland, passing Cerveriz Lake to your left. When you get to a hut, you can climb a hill from where the trail continues along the hillside until offering views of the lake known as Lago del Valle.

Back at the hut, the trail then heads northwest through Cerveriz mountain meadow to a track leading gently up to a pass to the north. From there you can see Vega de Camayor meadowland, with small ponds.

The trail continues in the same direction until reaching Camayor Hill, from where the peaks of Peña Llana, Cebolléu and Picos Albos can be seen. At the end of the mountain meadow there is a large crag where the trail bears left and begins to head gently downhill until soon reaching El Valle Lake, the deepest lake in Asturias.

Head back along the same route until the end of Lake Cerveriz to then head uphill for a short distance to see La Calabazosa Lake, also known as the Black Lake. Then head downhill towards the lake, bordering it on the right, and after a slight climb, you will see La Cueva Lake. After skirting the hillside, head downhill towards the track leading to La Farrapona.

14 kms
Description Collado de la Farrapona - Valle del Lago

The trail begins at the pass known as Alto de la Farrapona, on the border between Asturias and León, where it heads downhill, offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Upper Saliencia Valley and leading to La Cueva Lake, whose water has been coloured by spills from the mine that used to exist in the surrounding area.

Follow the mine track steeply uphill until it passes La Mina Pond, which is dry in the summer months. You will soon see Cerveriz meadow and the lake of the same name on the left. Los Albos (2,109 m) can be seen in the distance.

Retrace your steps and continue on towards Vega de Camayor meadowland, passing Cerveriz Lake to your left. When you get to a hut, you can climb a hill from where the trail continues along the hillside until offering views of the lake known as Lago del Valle.

Back at the hut, the trail then heads northwest through Cerveriz mountain meadow to a track leading gently up to a pass to the north. From there you can see Vega de Camayor meadowland, with small ponds.

The trail continues in the same direction until reaching Camayor Hill, from where the peaks of Peña Llana, Cebolléu and Picos Albos can be seen. At the end of the mountain meadow there is a large crag where the trail bears left and begins to head gently downhill until soon reaching El Valle Lake, the deepest lake in Asturias.

Head back along the same route until the end of Lake Cerveriz to then head uphill for a short distance to see La Calabazosa Lake, also known as the Black Lake. Then head downhill towards the lake, bordering it on the right, and after a slight climb, you will see La Cueva Lake. After skirting the hillside, head downhill towards the track leading to La Farrapona.