Collarada is one of the most characteristic and excellent mounts of the western Pyrenees. It is not a peak of 3000m but the great slope to climb overcomes that of the majority of big heights of the Pyrenees. Its 2,886 meters constitutes the first great elevation of this mountainous chain from the west before all three thousands of Panticosa and Balaitous (valley of Tena). This peak is located in the union between Tena and Canfranc's valleys in the Pyrenees of Huesca and its name comes probably from the necklace ("collar") of heights that surround the cone of the top.
In the access to the north face is the idyllic Circo de Ip where meets the dam of the same name surrounded with considerable heights as La Moleta (2576m), Pala de Ip (2783m), Punta Escarra (2760m), Pico del Aguila (2695m) and Bucuesa (2763m). Of all these mounts Collarada stands out for its height and the form of its summit as if it was the cherry of a great tart. The peak has two normal routes for climbing. The classic one goes across the dam of Ip, being the nicest and satisfactory for the mountaineers though it' long. Other possibilities exist from Villanua with changes in last years (see red tape section) using taxi of takin a permission for drivig the foresta track. First climb: H.Russell & J.Labarthe, 16th july 1876.
Trailhead: village of Canfranc ("Canfranc pueblo" and not "Canfranc estación" that is at 9 km). Airports: Zaragoza (164 km), Barcelona (381 km) Road: -From Zaragoza to Huesca (72 km), highway. From Huesca to Jaca for N330 and continue to Villanua and Canfranc. -From Barcelona: highway A2 to Lleida (or Lérida). From Lleida take N240 in direction to Binefar and Monzón to Huesca. Others access: train (company renfe) and bus (company Alosa) -Train Barcelona-Zaragoza. From Zaragoza to Canfranc in bus-see Alosa for hours. -From Zaragoza to Canfranc in bus-see Alosa for hours.
No permits required for the route of Circo de Ip.
* Outside the above dates you will still need to seek a permit (well before the day you wish to have access) as detailed in the route information here. And by the way, I can confirm that the track from Villanua is not appropriate for a non-4x4 vehicle. Crampons and ice axe are necessary generally the whole year except july to september in the route of Circo de Ip.
The Collarada is accessible almost the whole year. It's easier in summer with still snow in north face but it's a good climb in late winter for mountaineers with experience (crampons, ice axe and rope) but very long (2 days).
-Refuges / Lodges: -Refugio de Canfranc (Tel:974-373217)-Canfranc pueblo. -Albergue Pepito Grillo(Tel 974 373123)-Canfranc pueblo. -Refugio Tritón (Tel:974-378281)-Villanúa. -Refugio El Aguila (Tel:974-373291)-Candanchú. -Refugio Valle de Aragón (Tel:974-373222)-Candanchú. -Hotels: -Hotel Santa Cristina***(Tel:974-373300)-Canfranc Estación. -Hotel El Reno (Tel:974-378066)-Villanúa. -Hotel Candanchú**(Tel:974-372025)-Candanchú. -Campings: -Camping Canfranc (cat2)(908-731604)-? (it's not open on summer 2010) -Camping Escarra-Escarrilla at 16km -Free little huts -A hut before the ibon de Ip with benths, 5 places. -Two huts in very bad conditions in ibon de Ip, 2-3 places. -Hotel in ruins for an emergency in ibon de Ip (no walls in some places, bricks and tiles in the ground,...)
For mountain conditions you can to visit: I.N.M. (see province of Huesca and the village of Canfranc in “localidades”)
-Cuadernos Pirenaicos #6: valle de Canfranc (book in spanish). Map 1:25000. Ed.Sua. ISBN: 84-8216-140-7.