Alto de la Farrapona is a cycling must
Alto de la Farrapona is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.708m (5,603ft) above the sea level, located on the border between the Principality of Asturias and the province of León, in Castile and León, in northwest Spain. The pass has already made a name for itself.
Located in Somiedo Natural Park, a natural park in the central area of the Cantabrian Mountains, the road to the summit is paved. It was asphalted in 2011 when it served as an occasional stage finish in Vuelta a España. It’s the highest asphalted road in this region. The road is called SD-1. This is a cycling must. Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. It suffers the harsh meteorological conditions of the area every winter.The road does get busier at weekends and in the main holiday season.The road to the top is pretty steep. The final 6km averages around 9% with some parts up to 15.4%. High risk of rock slides. At the summit there’s a big parking lot. The scenery is stunning and you will be blown away by its beauty. The drive offers a beautiful panoramic view.
There’s an unpaved track from the east, which begins at the village of Torrestío. It is 4.3km long and it is just about passable on a road bike or a 4wd vehicle. It's very steep.