Driving the wild Puerto de Piedrafita
Puerto de Piedrafita is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.687m (5,534ft) above the sea level, located on the border of the autonomous community of Castile and León and the Principality of Asturias, in northwest Spain.
Nestled in the Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range, the narrow road to the summit, built in 2016, is totally unpaved. It’s named LE-315 on its southern side. The road can be accessed year round but may be closed in winter when the weather is bad. It was an ancient roman path.
The pass road runs from Piedrafita (south) to Yananzanes (north) and it’s heavily used by the residents of the area. 4x4 vehicle recommended. It’s a really tough climb, with some ramps hitting a 30% of gradient. Starting from Piedrafita, the ascent is 7.2km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 405 meters. The average gradient is 5.62%.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: Luis Ignacio Alonso Sainz