Cueto san mateo
Cueto san mateo. gm san melchor.
Arriving at the hill of Cueto we will find an information panel where we can read, for example, the reason for the geological interest that extends beyond our borders, visiting us every summer university students from all over Europe.
On the way back, we will pass through areas where formerly there were villages such as: San Juan de las Casas, in the northern valley of Cueto S. M., Faya Abajo, located near the border with Vega, and Faya Arriba to the southeast, bordering Llombera. It is said that in the vicinity of the present cemetery there was a hermitage, although there are no visible archaeological remains.
Cueto san mateo with dridri and maria
And right there we found an explanatory panel of the route, which in our case would come in handy to know what awaited us, since having had to improvise the route, we had no idea of the distance, the slope or the necessary orientation of the same.
As we gained height the forest thinned out, until we came out of it, arriving at the Llanolespín refuge (1,225 m). It is clean and well kept and would serve to shelter from a storm or even spend a night.
The route is perfectly marked at all times. On the ascent as well. Although the multitude of cattle trails means that we can get lost, the direction is clear. It is necessary to gain the base of the limestone wall to access the vira that can be seen ascending from right to left.
Now it only remained to go down the track back to the pools, where we had the car and take the opportunity to eat right there in the bar, enjoying the sun that, after a few hours of uncertainty, had finally won the battle against the clouds. I leave you the track.
Ascent to cueto de san mateo
We parked next to the facilities of the camping of La Pola de Gordón. The route is easy to follow. It is to go up the valley of Santas Martas to the base of the peak and from that point, climb the final pyramid. In case we have doubts, the City Council has marked the route (PR C LE-28) and a series of signs, posts, milestones and graffiti mark our way to the top.
Here, the trail turns sharply to the left, looking for the gentler ascent. But we face it directly, towards the cave of Santo, where we know we will find the trail again.
The surrounding mountains and the Cueto have protected us from the wind. When we reach the ridge the wind hits us hard. The fog plays with hiding the summit, and the sun spreads its rays across the Bernesga valley.
Cueto san mateo – 11/03/2019
In other recent posts we narrated the ascents to Pico Feliciano and Bustillo and Amargones in the Leon region of Gordón. On those occasions we had as an alternative the climb to the lower Cueto San Mateo; and that time came. As the ascent and descent takes little time, we extended it on the way back along the beautiful ridge of the Altos de Formosina and El Viso that did not disappoint us, on the contrary, it was perhaps the most entertaining and enjoyable section of the route.
From the Llanolespín refuge, which we found open and clean (1225 m), the path gets steeper and advances parallel to the Cerezales stream. At the base of the cueto, the path makes a sharp turn to the left passing next to the Fuensanta spring (1280 m) while a path continues straight on to the Collada de la Muria located to the south of the massif (on your right). Perhaps it would be easier to reach the pass and continue along the path that climbs uphill, making a long zigzag, to the summit; but we follow the marks of the PR to another pass (1305 m) located to the north.