The mount Mofrechu is the highest peak in the municipality of Ribadesella, it is an excellent route for all people who want to see the mountains and the Asturian landscape from closer.
From the summit (891 metres) we can see a wonderful view of the Oriental coast of Asturias and all of the surrounding mountains: Sueve, Cuera, Escapa, Santianes also including the Peaks of Europe and the mountains of Cangas of Onís, Amieva and Ponga.
The Mount Mofrechu is with no doubt one of the most privileged vantage points of this region of Asturias, a natural balcony to the mountain.
It is, in fact, really easy to take a picture of this place. The only thing to do is just to choose a sunny day, suitable shoes and follow a route that we will detail afterwards. This excursion only takes us two hours (two for going up and less to return), and it is for all public.
Monte Mofrechu: starting the route
We can reach the summit of this mount from two different starting points. One of them starts in Santianes in Ribadesella and the other starts in Igena in Cangas of Onís. Our first option is a bit tough since we have to overcome more or less 1000 metres of gradient. The second choice is more practical and we recommend it much more.
We can reach the town of Igena from different locations. The access to this town is made by the AS-340 road that joins Corao (Cangas of Onís) to Nueva (Llanes). The beauty of this excursion is clearly shown since the first moment we start it. Besides us there are slopes and wide green valleys, as well as many hidden towns rich in architectural monuments.
The starting point of this route is only at one kilometre to our arrival at Igena, once we pass Riensena, if we come from Nueva or we are one kilometre passed Igena, if we come from Corao. The starting point of this route is marked by a gate through which we can see a path. Once we park our car, we find a second gate (we must leave it closed as it was) and follow a forest trace.
Opposite us we can see thousands of horizons of this landscape and ten or so mountains and small ranges. It is important to mention that we start this route 600 metres high over the sea level. On this route we can easily find cows, goats and horses in the environs.
Little by little we can see how the road raises although we can do it at once. After one hour of walking we must leave this forest trace to follow now a mountain path. Here, at this point the farm men have their huts covered with stones in order to protect themselves during winter and to keep their livestock safe. Behind us we have already left some huts and a whole of high trees.
This route leads us towards the West, where we find some lagoons that are full of natural water during winter time. Here, the livestock is abundant. By the South we are bordering the Picu Mofrechu.
Monte Mofrechu: we get to the top
At this point the path seems to disappear and now we can overcome the highest ascent if we want, and this is the last plot of our route. This is not so difficult as it seems at first sight but we have to walk among some rocks if we want to do it, but soon we will reach the summit.
From the highest point we can enjoy a really beautiful sight of this area. The Mount Mofrechu is not only a natural paradise but the starting point of the cartography of this area. Now we can draw a map that can be seen in three dimensions.
The sierra of Mofrechu and its surroundings are of great environmental importance. Apart from its native fauna and diversity of trees such as oaks, hazel trees and beeches, it is important to mention the richness of its grounds that feed different kind of moss and ferns. This richness is bigger when we are close to a stream, for instance, those of Santianes, Llovio, Llordón, or the deep valley of Zardón or even the well known river Sella. All of them come to their end in the municipality of Ribadesella. We can appreciate this village from the summit of the mount Mofrechu.
The mount Mofrechu goes by the ulterior grounds of Cangas of Onís, expanding towards the sierras of Zardón, Olicio, Onao, Peña verde, Peña Mail and Llueve. On its direction to the sea it also goes by the Sierra of Escapa and Santianes in the municipality of Ribadesella.