Recreation Trail: Vall de Riu medium-distance route

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Distance

18 km

Level

Moderate

Between Pic de l'Estanyó and Coll d'Arenes we will cross a technical ridge, where we will have to help our hands. Without being dangerous, we will have aerial passages.

We will begin the route before the Tourism Office of Canillo, in the center of the village, and we will go back to the first kilometer next to the road, on the sidewalk, to Soldeu. We will find a sign that indicates the direction to follow, "Refuge Vall del Riu".

The beginning of the road is steeply steeped, where we save a good level of descent to find the ruins of some edges and a fountain. From this point the slope becomes smoother, and always by marked path, we will reach the Refuge of the River Valley. Without leaving the yellow marks that indicate the way to go, we will continue to climb until we find the first lakes, and this way we will reach the Great Lake of the Vall del Riu, an impressive lake that will gain spectacularity as we keep going towards the a hill that separates Pic de la Cabaneta from Pic de l'Estanyó. At this point, with spectacular views of the Pic de la Serrera, we will turn to the left and climb up the last meters until we reach the top.

We will continue along the ridge, with some aerial steps where we will have to help our hands, until we make the sharp descent to the Coll d'Arenes, with the Peak of Casamanya as a witness. Arriving at the neck, we turn left and start the rapid descent that will return to Canillo, crossing the Coll d'Ordino road on three occasions, but we will never run through it, we will only cross it. In this way we will reach the starting point through the streets of the old town, in descent.

WATER: Canillo, Font de l’escola (km 2’5), Torrent (km 15)

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