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Ca˝ˇn de A˝isclo

Ca˝ˇn de A˝isclo





Map for the route (ED50)



How to get there: Drive on the A-138 to the kilometer post K57, and turn on a narrow asphalt road signposted to "Ca˝ˇn de A˝isclo". Soon the road becomes oneway only. After 13 km you see on your right a group of signposts. The route starts here, but drive 300 more to the parking place.

When you are leaving the canyon, continue along the oneway road 1.7 km to a junction and turn left. After 2.6 km, keep right and follow the sign for "Escalona". 14.1 km further you come to a junction. Turn right and continue 1.8 km to the A-138. (Roadmap)

Distance: 4h10min/14km

Walk from the parking place to the signposts (930 m), and take the track. Almost immediately you come to a fork. Go right. You cross the old bridge over the Bellos river. After the bridge the path bends left back to the track. Soon you encounter an information panel. By the panel, the track forks. Keep left. You pass the hermitage of San ┌rbez (Ermita de San ┌rbez) and come to the next fork, where you follow the sign for "La Ripareta" to the right (10min) (925 m).

From now on you follow the signs for "La Ripareta" and stay on the gently ascending main track that later turns into a path. The Bellos river runs first on your left. You walk for a while close to the water before the path starts to ascend more. After crossing a bridge (22min) the river flows on your right. Soon it starts to rush down in torrents in a narrow bed. Ignore the paths with signs for "Sercue" and "Nerin" that branch off left.

After the second bridge (28min) (1000 m) the slope becomes steeper. The torrents form large and deep pools in some places. Sheer rock walls of the canyon rise to almost 2000 meters. You walk through an old forest with huge trees extending their branches over the path. The path takes you to a place called Cumaz (50min) (1060 m) where the water flows close to the path. In few minutes you pass a fountain.

The slope gets steeper but the path lined by giant trees forming a canopy over it is shady and easy to walk. You cross a couple of bridges before you come to the Selva Plana, a clearing with a signpost (1h45min) (1415 m). From here the path dips into a lookout spot (1h48min) (1390 m) that opens up nice views to the gorge of Mallo Sase and the cliffs of Totzal de Fueva.

The path stays for a while at the same altitud before the climb to La Ripareta begins. La Ripareta (2h10min) (1405 m) is a rocky plain at the waterfront encircled by high mountain tops. The rockformations serve as nice seats and tables.

Return the same way back to the beginning of the route (4h10min).

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