Alto del Torno
Alto del Torno is a mountain pass at an elevation of 534m (1,751ft) above the sea level, located in the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northern Spain. This route offers some amazing scenery in un-spoilt countryside and is well worth doing. The views at the summit are stunning. It offers some amazing coastal views.
The road to the summit, also known as Collado del Torno, is asphalted with some potholes. It’s called AS-340. There is very little traffic on this climb. Its many twists, turns and narrows can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. It is open throughout the year, although there can be short-term closures in winter due to snow. The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. The scenery is diverse, passing through picturesque villages, forested areas, open countryside and offering views of both the high mountains of the Picos de Europa and the beautiful coastline of the Cantabrian Sea. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn.
The climb has been featured on Vuelta a España race. The road is not easy, though. Up, down, right, left all the time. It is not a particularly tough climb but does have several stretches that are quite steep with parts up to 12%. Starting from Nueva, the ascent is 8.3 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 479 meters. The average gradient is 5.77%. And starting from Igena, the ascent is 5.1 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 175 meters. The average gradient is 3.43%.