Trip Report – Picos de Europa Circuit – by site editor Rick McCharles
Here I am, elated to have tented rather than staying under roof at the Collado Jermoso refugio.
It’s a long, slow, pretty 1200m (3937ft) descent. Check out the wall looking back up from the valley.
My 4km return detour along the river to the town of Posada de Valdeon was well worth the time.
I resupplied at the bakery and two grocery stores.
I took time, too, to visit the Mirador del Tombo.
more interesting photos of this monument
Ascending back into the trees, I was shocked to see the leaves changing. This was the first time it had dawned on me that my summer of hiking Europe was ending. This was to be my last.
There were many more Chamois on this section of trail, the largest herds I’d yet seen.
Though I had still not found a water supply, I finally set up the tent in a pretty spot well above the Picos mist.
Eventually the mist rose up to engulf me.
See the rest of my photos from day 4.