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Looking at the Western Massif of the Picos de Europa from Pico Pierzu

I can remember doing this walk for the first time about 10 years ago when I was leading a group of people staying at the hotel on a walking holiday. I had looked at the maps and read about this walk, thought it looked good so decided to venture into the unknown. Now I would never lead a group of people on a walk which I hadn’t previously done myself, but this time it paid of. The group voted it the top walk on their seven day holiday and since then it’s become one of the favourite walks with our guests.

The mountain of Tiatordus emerging from a sea of cloud as seen from Pico Pierzu

It starts from Collado Llomena which in itself has stunning views of the Western Massif and Tiatordus the emblematic mountain of the Ponga Mountains. First there’s 2 kms along a relatively flat track just right for you to warm up before a climb up to the start of the ridge. You’re following a PR with some yellow and white way marks and if you miss the path whilst climbing up to the ridge it’s not too much of a problem, you might just get slightly scratched from brambles and gorse but should soon get to the ridge.

Near the summit of Pico Pierzu

Once on the ridge you more or less follow it all the way to the mountain summit, nothing too complicated other than not allowing yourself to be distracted by the continual 360 º views. The Pico Pierzo is a pyramid shaped mountain and when on the summit you can look out to the coast. It’s also the summit you can see from Cangas de Onis framed in the distance when looking at the famous roman bridge.

Technical Information

Contour Profile Collada Llomena Pico Pierzu

Map Pico Pierzo from Collado Llomena

Download GPS trail from wikiloc

Self guided walking notes and gps tracks availble for guests from the hotel

Type of walk There and back
Starting Point Collado Llomena 5 km from San Juan de Beleño
Finishing Point Collado Llomena
Acces 33 km from hotel, 50 minutes by car
Public transport options Very difficult
Grading Difficult
Total Length 10 km
Total Ascent 540 m
Altitude 1000 – 1550 – 1000
Total Walking time 4 ½ hours
Terrain Mountain paths
Navigation Undefined path at times with some waymarks
Refreshments Bar at San Juan de Beleño
Map Mapa Topográfico nacional de España:  Beleño

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