After the construction of the track of Valle de Lechada this is the shortest itinerary to reach the summit of Peña Prieta.
Trailhead: end of track of Lechada (1950).
Slope: 650 meters.
Time to summit: 2h.
Getting TherePortilla de la Reina (1200m):
Between the km-111 and km-112 of road N-621 from Riaño (19km), before the village of Portilla de la Reina, it's the access to the forest track of 11km of valle de la Lechada (1950m).
This is the shortest way to reach the summit but your car will suffer.
We walk to left (east) to the little col with the little lake
(2050m). We follow the cairns of left (NE) and we reach the bottom of the Cubil de Can with a lot of stones surrounding the lake. We leave the rocks for the left side to a grassy terrain (important slope with snow and risk of avalanches in winter). We walk in diagonal to SE to reach little by little the upper side of the ridge of Cubil de Can
near of the last ramp to the peak Tres Provincias
(2496m, 1h30min). For this peak we descent to the col with Peña Prieta and across the narrow path among the stones we reach the upper col between the two summits. In the last meters we need the use of the hands in the stones (easy, but exposed with snow) to reach the summit of Peña Prieta (2539m).
In winter (november to february) and early in the season (march-april) is necessary the use of crampons and ice-axe. A good option is the climb with skis to Tres Provincias but generally you must to leave there the skis and take crampons for the access to Peña Prieta.
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