Cares Gorge Trail

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A round trip journey through an impressive gorge that traverses the central and eastern massifs of the Picos de Europa.

Cares Gorge Trail
GPS: 43.15415872799243, -4.915490828443593

Poncebos - Los Collaos - Culiembro - Los Rebecos Bridge - Caín

Poncebos - Caín 12

About 600 meters from the start, we will reach a fork where we will see a path that crosses the Jaya Bridge, passing next to a house with the same name.

We should take the right path, which leads us towards the Cares Gorge.

After walking the first 2.5 kilometers, the most challenging section of the route begins, where the path makes us ascend and descend along the mountainside for most of the way. However, the changes in elevation are not very high, nor are the slopes very steep.

At the 8-kilometer mark from the start of the route, we will cross the river on the Bolín Bridge, which is about 60 meters long. It was built after the previous bridge, Trea Bridge, was destroyed by a rock in 1944. About 400 meters further, we will cross the river again on the Rebecos Bridge.

We continue walking for about 4 kilometers and some additional meters, and at approximately kilometer 12.3, we will have arrived in the village of Caín, where this well-known and essential Asturian route ends.


Doing the Poncebos-Caín round trip route involves walking about 22 km, a distance that is not suitable for everyone, although technically it is not a difficult route.

This route involves additional risks that are not directly related to the slope or difficulty level of the route itself: falling rocks, slippery surfaces that become dangerous when it rains, cliffs and other orographic accidents, scarce or no mobile coverage... and it also requires certain needs: being well equipped with good footwear, warm and waterproof clothing (both in winter and summer as the weather can change at any time), mobile phone, sun protection, drink, food (nuts, chocolates...).

Hikers must know that the most important thing when doing the Ruta del Cares is to be cautious and prepared.

Therefore, ALWAYS BE CAUTIOUS, ESPECIALLY WHEN GOING WITH CHILDREN (regarding children, it is not prohibited to bring them, but it is recommended that they be over 12 years old or always hold their hand, with the child on the inner side of the path).

It is strictly forbidden to have unleashed dogs on the Ruta del Cares. The use of extendable leashes to keep dogs restrained is not allowed. More information.