Collado de Fuente Escondida
Snowshoeing in Picos de Europa
This is a route of medium difficulty for people who want to spend the day snowshoeing in the spectacular surroundings of the Central Massif of the Picos de Europa National Park, specifically in the area of Fuente De.
Throughout the tour we will be surrounded by dizzying and seemingly inaccessible vertical walls of more than 2,500 meters high as Peña Vieja, Horcados Rojos, Tesorero, Peña Olvidada and a long etc., and we will enjoy a beautiful day walking through the snow in one of the most beautiful places in the National Park of Picos de Europa.
- Departure point: Top station of the Fuente De cable car.
- Positive elevation gain: Approximately 350 meters.
- Difficulty: Medium.
- Duration of the complete activity: Approximately 5 hours.
No previous experience is necessary to do this route, but it is advisable to be in good shape, as well as being used to hiking routes of 5 hours duration and 400 meters of positive elevation gain.
Material required per participant:
- High winter boots with Goretex or similar.
- High technical winter socks.
- Winter technical mountain pants.
- Technical long sleeve thermal T-shirt.
- Soft sell or Primalofth type jacket or fleece.
- Goretex type waterproof jacket.
- Fat winter gloves.
- Medium or thin winter gloves.
- Approved sunglasses (cat 3).
- High protection sunscreen (SPF50).
- Lip balm.
- Backpack minimum 30L.
- Water bottle or thermos minimum 1L.
- Food (sandwiches, dried fruits, bars, chocolate bars, etc.).
(If you do not have an item on the list, the company will try to provide you with it in advance).
notice when making the reservation).
The meeting will take place in the parking lot of the lower station of the Fuente De cable car, the schedule will depend on the time of the year and will be subject to the fixed schedules of the cable car. (The guide, once the reservation has been made, will inform the participant of the schedule, how to make the cable car reservation in advance and will provide the location of the meeting point).
Once introduced to the guide, he will provide the necessary material and a previous review and preparation of all the material will be done. Already equipped and ready, we will take the cable car cabin that will take us on a journey of about 4 minutes only to the upper station, saving a drop of 753 meters, and that will place us at an altitude of 1,823 meters at a speed of 10 m/s.
After some basic notions of progression we will begin to walk through the snow towards the lakes of Lloroza, the guide will inform and give explanations about the environment and the different summits that will be in our sight.
From the area of the lakes we will head towards the Canal De San Luis and once at the beginning of this we will begin the ascent to the Collado de Fuente escondida located at 2045 meters of altitude. Once here we will have impressive views towards the Hoyo sin tierra and Cabaña Verónica located under the famous summit of the Tesorero, to our left we will see the spectacular summit of the Torre del Hoyo Oscuro and to our right Peña Vieja with its 2614 meters.
We begin the descent to the Hoyo Sin Tierra, a wild and unfrequented place where we will feel in a pleasant solitude, when we reach the bottom of the Hoyo, we will go up a small slope until we reach the normal path of ascent to Cabaña Verónica, here we will stop to eat something and enjoy the spectacle offered by the views.
Then we will follow the comfortable way back through La Vueltona to the Lloroza Lakes and from here to the Cable Car where it will take us back to the parking lot.