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Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

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The route to the Tres Marias and Peña Esquina is one of the most popular routes in the north of the province of Lion. Located in an exceptional place, next to the Casares reservoir and at the foot of the town of Casares de Arbás, makes these rocky giants the kings of the entire valley.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina from Casares de Arbás

The Three Marias there are three really steep peaks located in themountain of the Tercia del Camino, located in the Cantabrian mountain range and in the province of León. There are three summits, two of them difficult to access if they are not well known, composed of the peak of Maria of the Corros (1971 m.), María del Medio (1930 m.) And the Palero (1893 m.), Being the first and the highest, the most accessible of the three. Next to it, we have Peña Esquina, from 1951m and which is usually passed to reach the peak of María de los Corros.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

We made the route in an Autumn where the first snowfall had already fallen. From the town of Casares de Arbás, a population located at 1300 meters high and where less than 100 inhabitants live, we start on a dirt track that goes north just by turning through the only inn in town.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina - Casares de Arbás

Behind Casares de Arbás you can see the Tres Marias perfectly,Maria of the Corros, María del Medio y el Palero, from left to right. Our goal is María de los Corros and we will rush it along its north face, just behind. Therefore, we will have to completely skirt the Palero and continue until we find the skirt of María de los Corros.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

It didn't take long to step on the snow. It was barely 300 meters from the town and from that point we would not stop stepping on it. At the moment the snow was hard, but not enough to fit the crampons. The sun began to set on it and would quickly begin to soften.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

We arrive at Tres Marias refuge in little more than 30 minutes. Located below the Palero and on a meadow so green that it makes you want to spend a night outdoors.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

The road continued behind the shelter, leaving the Tres Marias at all times to our left. It is at that moment where we will find ourselves lined with two rows of mountains, the three Marys on our left and one on the right. It is precisely in the latter where we will have to go until we reach the crest.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

It is this place where the best views of the area are found, without having the summit. In addition we will have very close to us the Pajares ski resort, which on this face of the mountain does not dirty the landscape.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

The crest has no mystery or difficulty unless we find very hard snow. In normal conditions it will help us to walk to the skirt of the Peña Corner No problem.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

From the crest to the summit of Peña Esquina, there is a strong ramp that can be complicated if ice sheets form. Here crampons are mandatory in winter, given their strong exposure to a fall and their north orientation.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

From the top of the corner Peña we can see in the backgroundMaría de los Corros. The only step that looks a little delicate, which in the end is not so much, is the snow shovel that we see right in the photo above.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

After passing this shovel, we will continue directly to a rocky ridge that leads you directly to our destination. María de los Corros at 1971 meters high.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

From the summit there are spectacular panoramas, but unfortunately in our case it started to rain to the seas and we could barely enjoy the Casares reservoir.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina

With such downpour, we wanted to go down directly to Casares de Arbás and we decided to return to known terrain and get rid of messes. However, the route can be done in a circular way.


Route to Tres Marias and Peña Esquina - Casares Reservoir

Practical data

How to get?

Casarés de Arbás is exactly 1 hour from León and less than 60 kilometers away. From Oviedo there are 10 more minutes and around 80 kilometers.

What to wear

There is water in much of the way. As we are very exposed to the sun I recommend bringing plenty of water and sunscreen in summer. The route is easy to follow and well signposted to Peña Esquina.

Seasonal tips

Winter

  • Long pants, thermal shirt and fleece
  • Hat and gloves
  • Primaloft or feathers if you're cold
  • Raincoat or third layer for wind or rain
  • Long boots and winter socks
  • Crampons and ice ax.
  • Flashlight or frontal. The Black Diamond for example are excellent
  • Leggings if there is snow. Here is a good example of Leggings and eye with size.
  • Backpack of at least 30l
  • Trekking sticks
  • Map/GPS. Without this, don't even show up. As a GPS, our recommendation is Garmin GPS 64

In winter the routes are usually longer if there is snow, so calculate 1 or 2h more.

Summer

In summer this point of the mountains is usually very dry and very hot. For the material we recommend

  • Shorts and short sleeve t-shirt. Long pants is recommended.
  • Polarized sunglasses and cap
  • Solar protection
  • Water in quantity and food.


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