Altitude 2486m a.s.l
Its North face is renowned for its reliable, quality winter climbs. The normal route (on the South face) is a satisfying mountaineering/scrambling ascent. These two options are the focus of most climbers' attention. However, it also offers a good amount of rock climbs and even its western ridge, which can be climbed on its own or as the culminating point of a huge link-up ridge traverse, across Los Argaos, Torres de Cebolleda, Aguja de Gua and Torre de Santa María.
Winter or summer, Torre de Santa María is always shrouded in a big alpine atmosphere.
North face approach: from La Fragua veer East to follow the route known as Las Barrastrosas. Before reaching Jou de los Asturianos, leave the main path, heading uphill for Cemba Vieya, a huge coire at the foot of the north face.
South face approach: from La Fragua veer West heading for Mosquil de Cebolleda. Traverse along the foot of Torres de Cebolleda and climb a steep, loose slope to reach Horcada de Santa María.
and between 8.30 am and 7 pm during the following dates: last weekends of October and bank-holiday weekends in November and December.
If you want to get to the trail head within those periods in your own car, you must either drive in before 8.30 am or show proof of booking/reservation at any of the mountain huts. Otherwise you will need to use public coach service or hire a taxi.
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