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Ordiales Scenic Balcony Trail
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Ordiales Scenic Balcony Trail (Eastern Asturias)
11 kms
On foot 4 h.
Difficulty
Access

The trail is accessed via the AS-114 Cangas de Onís-Santander road, subsequently taking the AS-262 in Soto de Cangas to reach the Lakes of Covadonga. Finally, from Lake Enol, follow the sign to "Refugio de Pastores" and continue on to Pandecarmen, where the trail begins.

A fairly easy trail offering beautiful views of the mountains of central Asturias

Summary Ordiales Scenic Balcony Trail

The trail begins at the end of a track in Pandecarmen car park. It then runs along a path toward Vega del Huerto, where, once you have crossed Pomperi Stream, there is a short climb leading to Vega la Piedra mountain meadow. Passing the huts on your right, you then head up towards the limestone crag. Close to this crag, you take a path that heads south toward a gorge next to a wooden fence where you then head uphill for a short distance to Vega de Canraso meadow. The trail continues up the path to La Prida Pass and then comes to an extensive mountain meadow.

When you reach this mountain meadow area, you will see a rock that seems to be "planted" in the middle of the meadow. Head southbound across this area, letting yourself be guided by the stone markers fixed in the ground. Head to the left of the mountain meadow to take a path that winds upwards and leads across Los Vahos Stream, heading for a group of huts that make up Majada de la Rondiella highland meadow.

The trail continues uphill until reaching La Gamonal Pass, where you can admire the rocky monoliths of Santa María and La Cebollera and the peaks of the Cornión Massif, among others. The line of rocks marking the route in case of fog reaches to this point. The line of rocks marking the route in case of fog reaches to this point. On this pass, you will find Vegarredonda Shelter, which you get to after a gentle climb downhill.

There is a spring here where you can stock up on water. Leaving the shelter behind, take a path that leads into the narrow Cuenye Cerrada channel.

There is then a steep climb in zigzag up to El Forcau Pass, leading to Campos de la Torga, where the path runs almost flat. After this flat stretch, the trail begins to head slightly uphill to the lower part of Ordiales pasture, where the old ICONA shelter is to be found. Above the shelter, there is a spring hidden under a rocky outcrop which is not easy to reach.

Leaving the shelter behind and heading west, you will come to a path leading to Ordiales Scenic Balcony, located on a small pass where the tomb of the Marquis of Villaviciosa is found.

If you climb up onto the rocks under which the grave is located, you can see a breath-taking view of Angón Cirque below in the lands of Amieva, as well as Cantu Cabroneru and the mountains that rise up in the centre of Asturias. Once you have got your breath back, the return trip is along the same path.

11 kms
Description Pan de carmen - Pradera de Ordiales

The trail begins at the end of a track in Pandecarmen car park. It then runs along a path toward Vega del Huerto, where, once you have crossed Pomperi Stream, there is a short climb leading to Vega la Piedra mountain meadow. Passing the huts on your right, you then head up towards the limestone crag. Close to this crag, you take a path that heads south toward a gorge next to a wooden fence where you then head uphill for a short distance to Vega de Canraso meadow. The trail continues up the path to La Prida Pass and then comes to an extensive mountain meadow.

When you reach this mountain meadow area, you will see a rock that seems to be "planted" in the middle of the meadow. Head southbound across this area, letting yourself be guided by the stone markers fixed in the ground. Head to the left of the mountain meadow to take a path that winds upwards and leads across Los Vahos Stream, heading for a group of huts that make up Majada de la Rondiella highland meadow.

The trail continues uphill until reaching La Gamonal Pass, where you can admire the rocky monoliths of Santa María and La Cebollera and the peaks of the Cornión Massif, among others. The line of rocks marking the route in case of fog reaches to this point. The line of rocks marking the route in case of fog reaches to this point. On this pass, you will find Vegarredonda Shelter, which you get to after a gentle climb downhill.

There is a spring here where you can stock up on water. Leaving the shelter behind, take a path that leads into the narrow Cuenye Cerrada channel.

There is then a steep climb in zigzag up to El Forcau Pass, leading to Campos de la Torga, where the path runs almost flat. After this flat stretch, the trail begins to head slightly uphill to the lower part of Ordiales pasture, where the old ICONA shelter is to be found. Above the shelter, there is a spring hidden under a rocky outcrop which is not easy to reach.

Leaving the shelter behind and heading west, you will come to a path leading to Ordiales Scenic Balcony, located on a small pass where the tomb of the Marquis of Villaviciosa is found.

If you climb up onto the rocks under which the grave is located, you can see a breath-taking view of Angón Cirque below in the lands of Amieva, as well as Cantu Cabroneru and the mountains that rise up in the centre of Asturias. Once you have got your breath back, the return trip is along the same path.